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Captains blank Suns, 4-0

August 28, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Suns' offense looked like it was auditioning for a spot on Noah's Ark on Friday.

They were pairing up on outs and leaving the field, two by two, most of the night.

Lake County turned three double plays to discourage the Suns and used a three-run eighth inning to double them over as the Captains scratched to a 4-0 victory.

"It was a frustrating night for us," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "We couldn't get anything going with the double plays, and then when we had the chance to score early, we couldn't get a ground ball."

By the time Lake County had turned its double plays in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, much of the wind was out of the Suns' sails. Lake County starter Dan Cevette went five innings despite an illness and Kieran Mattison went the next three to combine on a five-hitter.

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The Captains got the early lead on Suns starter Ryan Callahan, who walked Caleb Brock and Derrick Peterson before allowing Chris De La Cruz to hit a two-out, RBI single to right for the 1-0 lead.

The Suns were poised to come back in the bottom half of the inning when Zach Strong led off by reaching on De La Cruz's error at short and Jonathan Armitage doubled. But Pat Dobson struck out, Derek Barrows popped up and Kyle Bone grounded to third to end the threat.

"We had second and third with no outs and couldn't score ... That really hurt us," Ramsey said.

It hurt even more in the eighth when the Captains put the game away. Reliever Juan Serrato walked Ryan Mulhern before Brock laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him to second. Micah Schilling singled home the insurance run.

Then, after Peterson singled to put runners on first and second, Ramsey replaced Serrato with Sean Martin. De La Cruz grounded out to advance the runners for the second out and got Ricardo Rojas to hit a grounder up the middle. Shortstop Tim Hutting got the ball behind second base, but threw it away to allow two runs.

"They just hit the ball in the right spot," Ramsey said. "Tim got it but it came up on him and forced him to throw off balanced. When they go from 1-0, to 2-0 to 4-0, it makes a big difference when you only have six outs left. That was a backbreaker."

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