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Suns the odd ones out again

July 18, 2007|by BOB PARASILITI

In a game filled with oddities, odd won out in the end.

There were hits and misses, home runs - both grand slam and inside-the-park variety - along with 34 hits for excitement to name a few of the happenings in Tuesday's Lexington Legends-Hagerstown Suns game.

When it came down to it, it was a garden-variety error that decided the game.

Koby Clemens' grounder squirted out of the glove of Hagerstown third baseman Jonathan Castro with two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th inning to score the winning run and give the Legends a 9-8 victory.

It was a painful end to what was a wild-and-wacky game. Consider:

· Hagerstown's Joe Napoli went 3-for-5 and drove in six runs in the loss. After lacing two doubles down the left-field line, the designated hitter had to hustle out a grand slam that gave the Suns (8-17, 37-54) a 7-4 lead in the sixth inning.

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Napoli lofted a shot to right field to put center fielder Nick Moresi and right fielder Joseph Parraz in pursuit. Parraz ran into the fence and hit the ground with Moresi stopping to give him immediate aid. No one, including the umpires, knew where the ball was.

Instead of the traditional home run trot, Napoli chased the Suns' baserunners around the bases to score. As the Legends ran out to attend to Parraz, base umpire Matt Pridemore signaled the ball had cleared the fence.

· Not to be outdone, the Legends (12-14, 43-53) answered with four runs off reliever Erik Arnesen with a twist of their own.

Clemens ripped an RBI single before scoring on Max Sapp's second double to make it 7-6.

Greg Buchanan followed by hitting a fly to left that curled away from Suns outfielder Lindon Bond. Bond made a diving attempt to catch the ball, but the ball ticked off his glove before he landed awkwardly. He laid prone and motionless on the field as the ball rolled into the corner and Buchanan circled the bases for a two-run, inside-the-park homer.

· Meanwhile, Suns first baseman Robby Jacobsen went 1-for-1 with a double and five walks. He drew a key walk with two outs in the ninth off Lexington closer Kyle DeYoung (3-8) to set up Marcos Cabral's RBI single to right that tied the game at 8-8 and sent it to extra innings.

· Lost in the shuffle was Francisco Plasencia's solo home run in the second, which tied the game at 1-1. It was the center fielder's second hit in the last seven games, both home runs.

The game came down to the 10th as the Legends extended Chris Lugo (1-3) in his third inning of relief.

Brandon Caipon reached on a fielder's choice and Eric Taylor walked before Parraz drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Clemens hit a high hop to Castro, who charged to make the play and tried to throw before catching the ball.

The ball hit the glove before falling to the ground, allowing Caipon to score with the winning run.

Moresi went 5-for-5 to lead Lexington's 20-hit attack. Plasencia and Napoli had three hits each for the Suns.

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