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Suns' offense takes day off

June 13, 2005

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington's pitching tied up Hagerstown on Sunday, as James Barthmaier and two relievers combined on a two-hit, 5-0 shutout and dimmed the lights on the Suns' fading South Atlantic League North Division First Half title hopes.

Hagerstown (37-27) fell three games behind Lexington (40-24) in the standings with six games left for each team in the first half.

Carlos Gomez's third-inning single was the only hit Barthmaier allowed in his six-plus innings as he mowed down the Suns, striking out eight.

Paul Estrada worked two hitless innings, inducing two double plays. Ryan Thompson gave up Russ Triplett's double in the ninth before finishing off the Suns.

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Lexington took a 2-0 lead in the first. Jonathan Ash and Bryan Triplett singled off Suns starter Jose Sanchez, who one out later walked Ben Zobrist to load the bases. Ole Sheldon followed with a grounder that shortstop Wilson Batista booted to allow Ash and Triplett to score.

Sheldon hit an RBI double in the third, Bryan Triplett drove in a run with a single in the fourth and Louis Santangelo doubled off reliever Charles Bowman to score the final run in the sixth for the Captains.

Sanchez (9-2) took the loss, allowing seven hits and three earned runs in five innings while walking two and fanning six.

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