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Catfish find way to cast off reeling Suns

August 18, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. - They always say kids tend to follow the examples their parents teach them.

The Hagerstown Suns seem to be following the footsteps of the Washington Nationals, their parent club.

The Suns were shutout 6-0 on Sunday for their 13th loss in the last 15 games. It came on the same day the Nationals lost their 10th straight game.

Hagerstown struggled again, falling behind early, commiting errors to help the opponent score and allowing a late rally to put the game out of reach.

Columbus scored single runs in the first, sixth and seventh innings before adding the final blow by putting together a three-run eighth.

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The loss ruined the debut of Suns' pitcher Osvaldo Rodriguez. Rodriguez allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven in six innings.

The Catfish took a 1-0 lead in the first as Shawn O'Malley led off with a single and took second on the passed ball before scoring on a pair of groundouts.

Columbus went up 2-0 in the sixth on a leadoff homer by Stephen Vogt.

Quinn Stewart hit a three-run homer in the eighth.

Suns' reliever Jamie Lehman allowed four runs in 1 1/3 innings work. Blake Stouffer had two hits to lead Hagerstown's six-hit attack.

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