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Suns claw past 'Claws in ninth

July 19, 2004

If Mike Ramsey had ever written a master plan for the 2004 baseball season, the Hagerstown Suns might finally be getting around to reading it.

The Cliff's Notes version goes something like, "If the pitching can keep it close, there will always be a chance to win in the end."

Everyone did their part Sunday as the pitching was good enough to allow Hagerstown to use Tim Hutting's ninth-inning sacrifice fly to knock off Lakewood 5-4 for a split in the two-game series.

Brian Wilson (1-3) held Lakewood in check after allowing two game-tying runs in the seventh. Wilson completed his four-inning relief stint behind Hagerstown starter Travis Nesmith by retiring Lakewood in order in the ninth.

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Coutlangus reached base on a one-out bunt in the ninth and moved into scoring position at third base on an errant pickoff throw by Lakewood reliever Cory Schultz (2-1).

Hutting followed with the game-winning fly ball to right field.

Hagerstown (36-52, 8-14) feel behind early when Lakewood's Michael Bourn opened the game with a homer off Nesmith.

The Suns came back in the bottom of the first by scoring on Jason Columbus' single and Jonathan Armitage's grounder for a 2-1 lead.

The Suns upped their lead to 3-1 in the second on consecutive singles by Hutting, Dobson and Ishikawa.

Omar Bramasco homered in the fourth to move the BlueClaws within a run of the lead. The Suns regained a two-run lead in the fifth on Columbus' eighth home run of the season.

Lakewood tied the game off Wilson on an RBI double by Randy Ruiz and a run-scoring single by Bramasco.

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