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Home run puts Suns in dark

August 01, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Hagerstown Suns scored four runs in the first inning against Charleston on Saturday night but went scorless the remainder of the game and the Alley Cats rallied for a 5-4 victory.

The Suns, off today and back home for a series beginning Monday against Greensboro, fell victim when Christian Snavely hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off reliever Joe Bateman.

Losing for the 10th time in the last 12 outings and 33rd inthe last 47 games, Hagerstown opened the scoring on an RBI single by Jason Columbus and a three-run double by Jonathan Armitage.

Mike Musgrave started for the Suns and went the first four innings. Three of the four walks he issued eventually became runs as Charleston pecked away and cut the deficit to 4-3 on a run-scoring single by Eric Wolfe.

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Bateman, despite an excellent ERA of 1.90, has now blown four leads in either the eighth or ninth inning this season.

On consecutive road trips, the Suns have lost four of five games, dropping to 12-24 in the second half.

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