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Suns' woes continue at Augusta

August 14, 2004

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The slump only worsened Friday for the Hagerstown Suns, who blew a ninth-inning lead in the first game and were shut out 6-0 in the second of their doubleheader against the Augusta GreenJackets.

The Suns, who at 15-32 own the South Atlantic League's worst second-half record, have lost six straight, nine of 12 and 39 of 55.

Third baseman Johany Abreu scored his third run of the game on Jesse Schmidt's RBI single to put the Suns ahead 5-4 in the top of the fifth inning of the opener.

The GreenJackets (23-24) rallied for two runs in the seventh against reliever Tim Alvarez (3-8) to win, 6-5. With the bases loaded and one out, Tim Burgess hit a dribbler up the third-base line. Abreu fielded it cleanly but overthrew catcher Dayton Buller trying to get the force at home, allowing two runs to score.

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Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead in the first on Schmidt's RBI groundout, a 2-1 lead in the second on Buller's RBI single and a 4-1 lead in the third on Eddy Martinez-Esteve's RBI double after Abreu scored on an error.

Augusta scored three off starter Mike Musgrave in the fourth to tie it at 4-4.

Left-hander Adam Blackley (1-3) allowed two hits and struck out eight over six innings for his first win of the year in the nightcap. Eric Cloninger went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI to pace the GreenJackets' offense.

Omar Anez (2-6) took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits and five walks over five innings.

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