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Suns' rays lacking with 5th loss in a row

July 26, 2004

On the heels of Saturday's blanking, the Hagerstown Suns went another seven innings without scoring on Sunday at Municipal Stadium.

By the time they pushed across two runs in the eighth inning, the Suns were already shellshocked and only improved the losing score to 10-3 at the hands of the Delmarva Shorebirds.

Hagerstown (10-20 in second half), losing its fifth straight game, could muster only two hits off Delmarva starter James Johnson through seven innings. Johnson did not walk a batter and struck out six as he allowed only harmless singles to Brian Munhall and Mike Wagner.

Against Delmarva (14-16) reliever Mike Patitucci, Hagerstown erased the blanks when Wagner hit his 12th home run of the year in the eighth. Jonathan Armitage singled and went to second on an infield groundout and scored on a single by Tim Hutting.

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The Suns pushed across a solo run in the ninth when Jesse Schmidt walked, advanced to second on a single by Wagner and scored on a throwing error on the play by the Shorebirds.

Ryan Sadowski (1-6) was pasted for six runs in 4 2/3 innings in the loss and Sean Martin was battered by seven hits and four unearned runs in two innings of relief for the Suns.

Hagerstown closes out the three-game series with a 11:35 contest this morning to conclude the short homestand.

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