Suns beat Bombers to end streak at 10

August 19, 2004

COLUMBIA, S.C. - It's been said that all good things must come to an end.

The Hagerstown Suns made their pitch to prove bad ones thankfully go by the wayside, too.

Mike Musgrave pitched six shutout innings and the Suns used three Capital City errors to build a five-run lead Wednesday before holding on for a 5-2 victory to end their 10-game losing streak.

The victory salvaged the last game of an eight-game Southern swing on which the Suns (16-36, 44-75) were outscored 47-27. The last Suns victory was a 5-2 decision over Asheville on Aug. 6.

Musgrave (2-3) mastered Capital City, the second-best hitting team in the South Atlantic League, by allowing two hits and three walks while striking out seven. Sean Martin was touched for two runs in the eighth, but went three innings to earn his second save.


Mike Wagner provided Hagerstown with a 1-0 lead in the fourth with a single after Travis Ishikawa walked and Jason Columbus singled.

Wagner drove in the second run in the sixth after Eddy Martinez-Esteve reached on an error by Capital City first baseman Jabe Bergeron and stole second. After Ishikawa walked, Columbus' grounder advanced Martinez-Esteve to third before he scored on Wagner's grounder.

Hagerstown put the game out of reach in the seventh with the help of another Bombers error.

Jesse Schmidt hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to score Brent Swanson. Martinez-Esteve brought home Jay Knowlton when he reached on a fielding error. Columbus closed out the rally with an RBI single for the 5-0 lead.

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