Suns play it Coultas

July 01, 2005

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Ryan Coultas would rather anchor the bottom of the Hagerstown Suns' batting order than be the anchor.

Coultas did anything but weigh Hagerstown down Thursday by driving in three runs, including two with his fourth home run of the season, to lift the Suns to a 6-2 win over Lakewood.

Hagerstown (3-4, 45-32) scored all six of its runs in the first five innings to give Tim Worthington (3-1) more than enough support to earn the win in his second start. Worthington did his part, pitching five scoreless innings with five hits allowed and six strikeouts.

Coultas, who batted eighth, was in the middle of a wild third when the Suns had three doubles and a triple in the inning but managed only three runs. Coultas and Carlos Gomez were both thrown out trying to stretch their doubles into triples.


The Suns roughed up Lakewood starter Derek Griffith, a pitcher who had overwhelmed them just last week. Griffith was tagged for all six runs on nine hits in five innings.

Grant Psomas started the third inning with a triple and scored on Jesus Flores' grounder before Jim Burt walked. Coultas, Russ Triplett and Gomez followed with consecutive doubles.

Coultas blasted his home run in the fifth, a drive to left field, with one out after Flores led off the inning with a double.

Mike Carp hit a solo homer - his 17th - in the fifth for a 6-0 lead.

Lakewood scored its two runs in the seventh off reliever Carlos Muniz, the third of four Hagerstown pitchers.

Sean Gamble was hit by a pitch and Jesus Merchan walked before Bradley Harman doubled in both runners.

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