Suns tell own story with sweep

June 04, 2005

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington may have its Legends, but the Hagerstown Suns are a story within themselves.

Hagerstown added a new chapter in the saga of a chase for the South Atlantic League North Division's first-half title with a flash of brilliance when it needed it the most.

The Suns put together a three-run eighth inning for an 8-5 come-from-behind victory over Lexington on Friday, just moments after using Ambiorix Concepcion's 14th-inning home run to gain a 3-2 victory in the completion of a game suspended on May 24.

The victories allowed the Suns to regain a two-game lead over Lexington in the title chase, but the two teams have seven more meetings in the first half.


Hagerstown (35-20) trailed 3-0 and 5-4 before taking control in the eighth.

Derran Watts opened the inning with a double off reliever Chad Reineke and scored on Aaron Hathaway's single to tie the game at 5-5. Hathaway took second on Russ Triplett's grounder before scoring on Carlos Gomez's single.

Hagerstown added the insurance runs on singles by Wilson Batista and Concepcion.

Reineke (6-3), the third of four Lexington pitchers, was touched for three runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings to take the loss.

Hagerstown scored in the ninth on Watts' RBI single.

The rally made a winner of Hagerstown reliever Rafael Cova (3-1), who had 3 1/3 innings of two-hit pitching. His only mistake was a seventh-inning home run by Lexington's Hunter Pence, who leads the SAL with 19.

In the opener, Michael Devaney pitched three hitless innings with four strikeouts to notch to win. Concepcion connected for his fifth homer of the season.

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