Rhinehart's RBI single lifts Suns over Grasshoppers in 14

April 25, 2008

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Bill Rhinehart went 3-for-6 with three RBIs, including the game-winning single in the top of the 14th inning, as the Hagerstown Suns outlasted the Greensboro Grasshoppers 8-7 on Thursday night in a contest that lasted nearly five hours.

The game featured six home runs -- three by each team.

The Suns (9-12) used the long ball to take the early lead.

Daniel Lyons' solo shot in the first put Hagerstown in front, 1-0.

The Suns extended their lead to 3-0 in the third on a two-run single by Rhinehart.

Hagerstown's Bill Burgess then blasted his team-high fifth home run of the season -- a two-out, three-run shot in the fifth -- to give the Suns a 6-0 advantage.

Greensboro (12-9) got its first runs in the bottom of the fifth on Ben Lasater's two-run homer off the last pitch thrown by Suns starter Brad Peacock.


The Grasshoppers cut the deficit to 6-3 in the sixth on Bryan Petersen's inside-the-park home run off Edulin Abreu.

They tied the game at 6-6 in the seventh on Torre Langley's three-run shot off Abreu, ending the reliever's night.

Hagerstown reclaimed the lead in the eighth on Jake Smolinski's second homer of the year -- a two-out solo blast.

The Grasshoppers were down to their final out with the bases empty in the ninth before rallying to tie the game at 7 against Suns closer Martin Beno.

A walk, wild pitch and single by Ryan Anetsberger sent the game to extra innings.

After four scoreless innings, the Suns rallied for the winning run in the 14th against Matthew Mallory (0-1).

Francisco Plasencia drew a one-out walk, Lyons was hit by a pitch and Rhinehart lined an RBI single to right.

Erik Arnesen (1-0) pitched the 13th to pick up his first win for the Suns.

Trevor Lawhorn got out of a jam in the 14th to earn his first save. The Grasshoppers had runners on second and third with only one out, but failed to score.

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