Durant comes out hungry like wolf vs. Suns

August 10, 2008

Michael Durant didn't beat the Hagerstown Suns single-handedly.

But he could have.

The Lakewood first baseman accounted for three hits and seven RBIs - including a three-run homer and two two-run doubles - to lift the BlueClaws to an 11-5 victory over the Hagerstown Suns on Saturday at Municipal Stadium.

The loss was Hagerstown's fifth straight, including the first three of the homestand with Lakewood.

Durant's homer gave Lakewood a 4-0 lead after three innings. His first double helped Lakewood take a 7-0 lead after five innings before the final hit pushed the BlueClaws to a 9-4 advantage in the sixth.

Hagerstown starter Brad Meyers (8-6) lasted four innings before four relievers closed the game.

The Suns attempted to come back with four runs in the fifth on a bases-loaded triple by Jose Lozada and RBI single by Tim Pahuta.


Lakewood pitcher Julian Sampson pitched six innings for the win, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out two.

Lakewood added a two-run homer by Dominic Brown in the seventh.

The Suns added a run in the ninth when Jake Rogers reached on an error to score Stephen King.

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