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Power zaps Suns

August 22, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Hagerstown Suns managed just seven hits in 14 innings of baseball Monday asthe West Virginia Power swept a South Atlantic League doubleheader, 7-1 and 4-0.

The Suns got five hits in Game 1, but trailed just 2-1 in the fifth after Rafael Arroyo drew a one-out walk and eventually scored on Jose Castro's single to right field.

But the Power tacked on five runs in the bottom of the fifth - four of which were charged to Suns starter Jonathon Niese. Lorenzo Cain drove in one run with a double and Mat Gamel followed with a three-run homer to chase Niese and put the game out of Hagerstown's reach.

Niese (11-9) allowed 11 hits in four-plus innings, striking out four.

Things only got worse for the Suns in Game 2 as West Virginia starter David Welch held Hagerstown to two hits over five innings before giving way to Matt Kretzschmar, who held the Suns hitless over the last two innings to complete the shutout.

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Suns starter Joshua Stinson was effective, giving up no runs on four hits in four innings. But the Power touched reliever Brandon Nall (3-5) for all four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Darren Ford, Cain, Michael Bell and Tony Festa each had an RBI single in the inning.

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