Home runs power Suns past Legends

May 15, 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Hagerstown Suns gave Lexington a lesson in economics on Wednesday.

Two swings of the bat equaled four runs, which equated to a gain of one in the win column.

Dan Lyons and Jake Smolinski hit two-run homers to lift the Suns to a 4-3 victory over the Legends in a morning matinee that was delayed for three hours by rain.

The two big hits delivered the third win for starter Jeff Mandel (3-2), who allowed one run on six hits in six innings.

Ryan Harrison and Kyle Gunderson came on in relief and each allowed a single run before putting the game away. Gunderson notched his second save.


The Suns jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Legends starter Jeff Icenogle in the third on Lyons' two-out drive to left for his third homer of the season.

Lexington got a run back in the fifth on Bryan Brown's grounder.

The Suns extended the lead in the seventh when Michael Burgess led off with a double and scored on Smolinski's homer to right off Robert Leonhardt.

Lexington's rally fell short, despite Eric Taylor's two-run home run.

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