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BlueClaws make Suns real crabby

July 18, 2004

The Hagerstown Suns found out that trouble has an annoying habit.

It pops up at the least opportune times.

Lakewood finally stirred some up for the Hagerstown starter Omar Anez, ruining his quality start with two tiebreaking runs in the seventh inning Saturday to pull out a 4-3 win.

The Suns, who have had starting pitching problems of late, got 6 1/3 innings out of Anez (1-3), who allowed three runs on six hits.

Lakewood (10-12) took the lead in the seventh as Michael Bourn led off the seventh with a double and moved to third on a grounder before Anez was lifted for reliever Joe Bateman.

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Jake Blalock greeted Bateman with an RBI single to center to break the tie and then scored when Bryan Hansen unloaded a triple to center to stake the BlueClaws a 3-2 lead.

The Suns scored in the ninth on Tim Hutting's sacrifice fly but pinch hitter Jon Coutlangus struck out to end the game with the tying run on second.

Pat Dobson and Travis Ishikawa each hit solo homers for the Suns (8-14).

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