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Suns lose opener

April 07, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. - A promising beginning to the South Atlantic season was blown away after five innings as the Hagerstown Suns dropped an 11-7 decision to Greensboro in the 2006 opener on Thursday night.

Hagerstown's youngsters showed their wares in the fourth inning when the Suns scored four times to take a 6-3 lead.

After a Matt Anderson walk, 17-year-old Fernando Martinez laced a double and the two scored on a double by 19-year-old Jose Castro. Jonathan Sanchez singled to score Castro and Sanchez came around on a single by Nick Evans.

However, Greensboro's bats were jumping as the Grasshoppers scored three runs in the seventh, then broke a 7-7 tie with four runs in the eighth inning.

Three of the seven runs in the two innings were unearned and made a loser of Eric Brown, one of five Suns pitchers who surrendered 18 hits.

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The Suns collected 12 hits, including three each by Castro and Evans. Evans cracked a two-run home run in the second inning which gave the Suns a 2-1 lead. Evans also had three RBI.

Hagerstown starter Jonathan Niese went 3 1/3 innings, allowing half of the Greensboro hits. He struck out four.

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