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Suns go quietly in loss

June 26, 2004

EASTLAKE, Ohio - Sometimes, owning the majority isn't enough for the Hagerstown Suns.

Hagerstown shut down Lake County for eight innings. It was the ninth one that did the Suns in.

The Captains erased a 1-0 deficit with a seven-run fifth inning Friday for a 7-1 victory that sent Hagerstown (29-42, 1-3) to its 10th loss in the last 12 games. The Suns fell to 13 games below .500, their lowest mark of the season.

Hagerstown starter Juan Serrato went through the first four innings unscathed, allowing four hits and two walks before everything fell apart in the fifth.

The Captains sent 11 hitters to the plate in the fifth and chased Serrato in the process.

Ryan Mulhern led off the fifth with a single, Micah Schilling walked and Richardo Rojas reached on a Serrato error on a sacrifice bunt to load the bases.

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Chris De La Cruz followed with a three-run triple to center field to give Lake County the 3-1 lead. After Ryan Goleski grounded to short to score De La Cruz and Kevin Kouzmanoff walked, Serrato was lifted for Chris George.

The Captains continued to pile on runs as Caleb Brock hit an RBI single and trotted home on Mike Whitney's two-run home run to complete the seven-run inning and give starter Adam Miller (6-2) all he needed to win.

Miller allowed one run - Pat Dobson's two-out home run in the first inning - on four hits and struck out nine in seven innings. Blake Allen allowed two hits in two innings to close out the win.

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