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Suns ain't got no alibi in ugly loss to Captains

June 06, 2008|By Bob Parasiliti

It's one down and four to go for the Hagerstown Suns.

The only problem is, the one came from a pile that manager Darnell Coles would rather not draw from.

It's that ugly game list. U-G-L-Y and there was no alibi.

The Suns fell apart at the seams by committing five errors while failing to put up a prolonged fight at the plate on Thursday in a 10-6 loss to Lake County in the start of a homestand that is supposed to ignite a late run for a playoff berth for Hagerstown.

"It's just one of those games," Coles said, matter-of-factly. "There's not much you can do. A whole lot of things didn't go right. You have four or five of those a year like this when you can't hit and can't field.

"Chalk this one up as 'We got our butts kicked in every facet.'"

It started promising for the Suns (28-30), but didn't last. Lake County entered the game on a five-game losing streak and a shrinking half-game lead in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division. The Suns were in fifth place, just 5 1/2 games back.

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Lake County broke its slide with the 10 runs - only five earned - on 15 hits. Roman Pena and Doug Pickens led the way with three hits each as the Captains had more baserunners that horses on a merry-go-round.

The Suns gave up two runs in the first inning on the strength - or rather, weakness - of their first two errors. New starter Justin Jones was victimized by some wayward throws, and even added one to the heap himself.

The Captains got on the board when Dustin Realini hit a infield single off the glove of diving shortstop Dan Lyons with runners on second and third. Lucas Montero headed to the plate, only to be hit in the back of the legs by Lyons' throw, allowing Pena to take third. Pena scored when Jones airmailed a throw to third.

The Suns came back and took a 5-2 lead within the first three innings off Captains starter Joey Mahalic.

Stephen King had an RBI single in the first and a leadoff homer in the third. Tim Pahuta had a solo homer in the second and drove in the fifth run with a double in the third.

Lake County scored eight runs in the middle innings, two off Jones and six more off Terrance Engles (3-1).

Jones gave up two of Lake County's three runs in the fourth before leaving - fueled by the first of first baseman Bill Rhinehart's two errors on an Adam White grounder down the line.

The Captains had the timing on Engles down, getting six runs - three earned - on four hits and three walks over 1 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, reliever Jonathan Holt (2-4) shut down the Suns on one hit for 2 2/3 innings before turning the game over to three relievers to finish out the game.

Boomer Whiting hit an RBI single in the eighth for the Suns.

"I'm not going to take anything away from the other side," Coles said. "We got our butts beat. We just have to come out at 0-0 tomorrow and keep hanging zeros. This was not pretty at all."

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