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GreenJackets lay stinging loss on Arnesen

July 17, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Erik Arnesen came up on the wrong end of an old-fashioned pitchers' duel on Wednesday.

The Hagerstown Suns' right-hander did everything he could, but the Suns' offense didn't.

Arnesen threw an eight-inning complete game, but still came up on the short end of a 2-0 decision to the Augusta GreenJackets.

That was because Augusta starter Madison Bumgarner and two relievers weren't necessarily better, but they had the two runs.

Arnesen allowed seven hits without a walk and struck out eight, but made the mistake of issuing a first-inning home run to Thomas Neal to make the rest of the effort an uphill battle.

Meanwhile, Bumgarner allowed four hits and struck out 11 - including five straight at one point - in his seven innings. Dan Turpen and Andrew De La Garza each pitched an inning to close out the game. De La Garza earned his fifth save.

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Augusta clung to its 1-0 lead until picking up an insurance run in the eighth when Matt Klimas doubled and eventually scored on Shane Jordan's sacrifice fly.

The Suns finished with five hits, led by Stephen King with two.

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