Suns' miscues open the door for BlueClaws

June 23, 2005

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - If you are attending a Hagerstown Suns game and hear ticking, run for your life.

It means the Suns are about to self-destruct.

Hagerstown went "Boom!" again on Wedensday, as four errors allowed Lakewood to score insurance runs late to take a 7-5 victory.

Mike Carp committed two errors and Ryan Coultas and Wilson Batista added one each as the Suns lost for the first time in the seocond half.

The Suns (43-29, 1-1) fell behind 4-0 and crawled to within 4-3 in the fifth inning before allowing the BlueClaws to pull away.


Lakewood got to Hagerstown starter Jose Sanchez early, with four runs on six hits in the first three innings. Sanchez is the South Atlantic League leader with 10 wins but is now 10-3 after starting the season at 9-0.

Lakewood jumped out to the early 2-0 lead in the first inning on Jason Jaramillo's two-run double to left field. The BlueClaws got four hits and a walk in the first inning, but only managed the two runs.

The BlueClaws doubled the lead to 4-0 in the third on Ryan Frith's eighth home run, a two-run shot to left that scored Jaramillo.

Hagerstown got two unearned runs back in the fifth to cut the deficit in half.

Aaron Hathaway reached on a one-out single off Lakewood starter Adam Baldwin (3-5). Ryan Coultas followed by singling back to Baldwin before Carlos Gomez reached on a double error by BlueClaws third baseman Sam Orr, which brought in both runs.

Hagerstown drew within 4-3 in the sixth on a single by Batista, a passed ball and a run-scoring single by Hathaway.

Lakewood put the game away with the help of Hagerstown's generosity.

The BlueClaws got two runs in the sixth with the help of Carp's second error. They picked up their final run in the seventh on Batista's error.

The Suns got two consolation runs in the ninth with the help of a wild pitch and a Lake wood error.

Baldwin went six innings, allowing three unearned runs.

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