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Hagerstown rally falls short in fifth straight loss

June 19, 2004

EASTLAKE, Ohio - Just about the time the Hagerstown Suns were all but given up for dead, a pulse was found.A slight one, but it's a pulse all the same.

The Suns scored three runs in the ninth and had the tying run on base, but rallied too late Friday in a 6-4 loss to the Lake County Captains.

The Suns, who entered the game hitting just .202 in their last 10 games, fell behind early - trailing 5-1 after three innings - and were forced to mount another comeback.

It was the Suns' fifth straight loss and dropped them to 27-37 for the half, the deepest Hagerstown has been under .500 this season.

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Hagerstown trailed 6-1 heading into the ninth until leading off with four straight hits. Jason Columbus and Jonathan Armitage singled before Mike Wagner laced an RBI double. Travis Ishikawa followed with a two-run single to bring the Suns within two runs. After Johany Abreu reached on a two-out single, Jesse Schmidt was retired on a diving catch by right fielder Ricardo Rojas to end the game.

Trailing 2-0, Brian Munhall's RBI grounder scored Ishikawa in the fifth to cut the Suns' deficit in half.

Kevin Kaouzmanoff started a three-run sixth with a homer.

Before the game, the Suns announced pitcher Joe Bateman has been selected to the Northern Division team for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Bateman was selected to replace Nate Schierholtz as the Suns representative after the third baseman was promoted last week.

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