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Suns let down to allow rally by Catfish

August 17, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. - A not-so-funny thing happened to the Hagerstown Suns on their way to an apparent nine-inning victory over Columbus on Saturday.

The defense stopped playing after seven innings.

The Suns gave up six runs in the eighth, with the help of two errors, two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, as the Catfish came back for an 11-8 victory.

Hagerstown came back from a 5-3 deficit with three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth for an 8-5 lead.

The Catfish turned the tables, with the Suns' help, starting when Hagerstown reliever Ryan Harrison walked Chase Fontaine to start the eighth.

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With two outs, Shawn Williams hit a single that Mark Gildea bobbled in center field to allow Fontaine score from first.

Seth Dhaenens greeted the Suns Ryan Buchter with a walk adn Maiko Loyola was hit by a pitch to load the bases after he replaced Harrison. Two runs scored when Shawn O'Malley reached on second baseman Blake Stouffer's fielding error.

Ryan Fronk had an RBI single before a wild pitch set up a two-run single for Greg Sexton.

The Suns were paced by a two-run homers by Jesus Valdez in the fouth and Sean Rooney in the eighth and a three-run double by Jose Lozada in the seventh.

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