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Suns show off their good side and their bad

April 28, 2005

EASTLAKE, Ohio - When the Hagerstown Suns have been good, they have been very, very good.

But when they are bad ...

The Suns were good, bad and ugly Wednesday as they split a doubleheader with Lake County. Hagerstown scored three runs in the sixth inning of the opener to grab a 4-1 victory before self-destructing in the nightcap in a 9-7 loss after leading 7-1 through 3 1/2 innings.

The split leaves the Suns (15-5) with a 1 1/2-game lead over Lexington in the South Atlantic League's North Division. Lexington has won nine straight games to surge into second place.

The Suns led 1-0 in the opener until Carlos Gomez lined a two-run home run to right-center field. Two batters later, Grant Psomas launched a solo homer to give the Suns a 4-0 lead.

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Suns starter Jose Sanchez cruised through the first five innings but ran into trouble in the sixth because of a double error by shortstop Wilson Batista. Batista misplayed a grounder and threw it into the dugout, allowing Lake County's only run to score.

Tim Worthington came on to get the final out in the eighth and Carlos Muniz retired Lake County in order in the ninth for his fourth save.

The nightcap looked just as promising, especially after a five-run fourth inning gave the Suns a 7-1 lead. Dante Brinkley provided much of the punch with a three-run home run.

But the Captains scored eight runs in the fourth and fifth innings to strongarm the lead away from the Suns.

Orlando Rengal was hit hardest, allowing five runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Josh Noviskey keyed the Lake County rally with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning that gave the Captains an 8-7 lead. He also had an RBI single in the fourth.

Noviskey went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored. Juan Valdes also had two hits.

Josh Harris (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Lake County (11-8). Kieran Mattison pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn his third save.

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