Suns rally late, but fall short

August 09, 2008

The Hagerstown Suns ended their scoring drought but not their losing streak in a 4-3 setback to the Lakewood BlueClaws on Friday night at Municipal Stadium.

The Suns have dropped four straight, including the first three games of this four-game homestand with Lakewood.

In the bottom of the eighth, Hagerstown got on the scoreboard for the first time since the sixth inning of Tuesday's 10-3 loss to Kannapolis, snapping a streak of 28 scoreless innings.

Jake Rogers drew a one-out walk, went to second on a groundout, took third on a wild pitch and scored on catcher Ramon Arzeno's throwing error on the play to cut the Suns' deficit to 4-1.

Lakewood closer Jared Simon pitched the ninth for his 25th save of the year, but it didn't come easily.

Tim Pahuta greeted him with a single and Sean Rooney followed with an RBI double. After Stephen King drew a one-out walk, Garrett Bass hit an RBI single to make it a 4-3 game with runners on first and second. But Mark Gildea grounded into a double play to end the game.


Bass finished with three of the Suns' seven hits.

The BlueClaws scored two in the third, one in the fourth and one in the seventh.

Lakewood starter Vance Worley (2-1) pitched five scoreless innings for the win.

He allowed three hits and struck out seven.

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