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Suns sweep doubleheader with Augusta

August 02, 2007|By BOB PARASILITI

It was one of those hits that Joe Napoli will be talking about.

He didn't have to. The Augusta GreenJackets were doing all the talking for him.

Napoli hit an RBI single in the third inning of the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday. It was truly one that will look like a line drive in the box score, but it was enough to start the Hagerstown Suns on their way to a 3-2, 3-2 sweep of Augusta.

"I won't be boasting about that one," Napoli said.

With the Suns up 2-0 with one out and runners on second and third in the third inning, Napoli popped up to short with the infield pulled in. Shortstop Emmanuel Burris went back and left fielder Alex Requena charged to make the play in short left field.

The ball dropped in between the pair for the hit.

"As soon as it went up, I thought it was an out," Napoli said. "As I was going down to first, I heard communication between the shortstop and the left fielder. Usually when you hear that, it means trouble."

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It was. The single completed the Suns' three-run inning, which was enough to hold on for the win despite Bobby Felmy's two-run homer in the sixth inning.

The hit also set a theme for the evening as the Suns manufactured runs in each of the first three innings of the nightcap to again hold onto a one-run lead.

It was also a sharp contrast to Tuesday's win - another 3-2 decision - when Hagerstown used two home runs to score all its runs. Now they have a three-game win streak against one of the top teams in the South Atlantic League.

"They were good games," said Suns manager Tommy Herr. "These are the types of games we have a chance to win if we can make three runs stand up, because we don't score a lot of runs. We played real good defense tonight."

The Suns went to battle with Augusta starter Clayton Tanner, who entered with a 10-5 record.

Hagerstown missed a chance in the first but didn't let the opportunity slip away in the third with five hits.

Lindon Bond led off with a double down the left-field line and took third when Michael Martinez beat out a bunt for a hit. One out later, Marcos Cabral executed a perfect hit-and-run single through the hole at second base for the first run.

Leonard Davis added an RBI double to right before Napoli's popup for the third run.

Nunez sailed into the sixth until Burris reached on a bunt single and trotted home on Felmy's blast to right, his 14th of the season. Nunez allowed four hits and struck out five before Aaron Jackson pitched the seventh for his third save.

In the nightcap, the Suns scored in the first when Martinez drew a walk off Augusta starter Mike Musgrave - who pitched for Hagerstown in 2003 - and worked around the bases before scoring on Cabral's sacrifice fly.

Napoli singled and got around the bases before scoring on a passed ball in the second and Martinez doubled to start the third before scoring on Patrick Nichols' bases-loaded single for the 3-0 lead.

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