Suns don't shine anymore as season ends with 88th loss

September 07, 2004

LEXINGTON, Ky. - There's one good thing left to say about the Hagerstown Suns' season.

It's over.

The Suns' final sleepwalk took its finishing step on Monday as Lexington held Hagerstown to three hits in a 6-1 decision to drop the curtain on 2004 baseball for both teams.

And for the Suns, there will be no encore. Hagerstown finished 21-49 in the South Atlantic League's second half and 49-88 overall, dead last on both fronts.

The Suns finished the season by losing 11 of their last 12 games.

Lexington starter Matt Albers (8-3) mastered the Suns, allowing one hit and two walks, while striking out 11 in seven shutout innings.


Hagerstown fell behind 6-0 until the eighth when Zach Strong and Mike Wagner greeted reliever Aaron Williams with leadoff, back-to-back doubles to produce Hagerstown's only and final run of the season.

Hagerstown was no-hit until until Kyle Bone singled with one out in the sixth.

Ryan Callahan started and took a tough loss for the Suns, allowing two unearned runs in four innings. Daniel Portorreal allowed four runs in the next two innings before Travis Nesmith and Tim Alvarez each pitched 1-2-3 innings to end the game.

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