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BlueClaws turn Suns crabby

June 06, 2007

At every turn, the Lakewood BlueClaws stayed a step ahead of it all.

The BlueClaws took the lead in the third inning and kept the Suns just off their trail before putting the game away with Jay Miller's RBI single in the fifth Tuesday for a 6-5 win over the Hagerstown Suns.

The Suns traded runs with the BlueClaws in every inning but the third and fell to their sixth loss in seven games.

Hagerstown starter Don Levinski (1-2) allowed all six runs - only four earned - on 11 hits and two hit batsmen in his five innings of work.

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The BlueClaws jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on four consecutive hits and a passed ball and throwing error by catcher Jhonathan Solano.

Gus Milner singled and took second on the passed ball before Jay Miller and Doug Morales each singled to produce the first run. Later, with two outs, two runs scored when Solano's errant throw to pick off Morales at third allowed Lakewood to take a 3-0 lead.

The Suns battled back, though, as Solano and Mike Martinez each singled before Justin Maxwell hit a two-out, three-run home run to center field off Lakewood starter Andrew Cruse. Maxwell's 13th homer of the season tied the game at 3-3.

Lakewood took a 4-3 lead in the third on doubles by Kevin Howard and Jay Miller and moved to 5-3 in the fourth on Carl Henry's eighth homer.

The Suns scored in the fourth on Marcos Cabral's leadoff home run. They closed to 6-5 in the fifth when Maxwell and Alex Nunez singled before Mike Daniel hit into a double play to produce the run.

Before the game, South Atlantic League president John Henry Moss announced three Suns players have been elected to play for the Northern Division in the 48th annual SAL All-Star Game.

Outfielders Chris Marrero and Daniel, along with pitcher Cory VanAllen, were selected to participate on June 19 in Rome, Ga.

Marrero, the Washington Nationals' top pick (15th overall) in the 2006 draft, was chosen as an all-star in his first full season in professional baseball. He entered Tuesday's game hitting .305 and was tied for second in the SAL with 12 home runs.

Daniel, the Nationals' seventh-round pick in 2005, was hitting .309 with six home runs and 35 RBIs entering Tuesday's action.

VanAllen, a left-hander who was selected in the fifth round in the 2006, carries a 3.92 ERA through his first nine starts. VanAllen has only walked four batters while striking out 42 in 43 2/3 innings.

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