Fermaint wins game for Suns in 14th

May 29, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

Opportunity finally knocked for the Hagerstown Suns on Friday.

But the Suns must have gone out for pizza until 10:45 p.m.

Charlie Fermaint slapped a single with no outs in the bottom of the 14th inning to score Robby Jacobsen from second with the winning run and end a 4-hour, 8-minute marathon with a 5-4 win that should have been over much earlier.

In fact, the Suns nearly ran themselves out of the win in the 14th.

It started when Souza led off with a single off Kannapolis reliever Charlis Burdie and moved to second on Michael Guerrero's sacrifice bunt. After Jacobsen was issued an intentional walk, Souza was thrown out while trying to take third on a wild pitch.

Fortunately, Jacobsen moved to second on the throw -- just close enough to score on Fermaint's single.

Fermaint was probably the most unlikely Suns batter to collect the hit needed to end a five-game losing streak.


The outfielder was playing his sixth game for Hagerstown after being signed as a free agent from the Milwaukee organization. It was his second hit since joining the Suns, entering the at-bat with an .046 average (1-for-22).

Chris Lugo pitched the 14th inning to earn the victory.

Hagerstown squandered numerous chances against Kannapolis.

Hagerstown left the bases loaded in the 13th inning and seven runners in scoring position -- including three on third base -- in a game where the Suns seemed to break the clutch instead of applying it. Hagerstown stranded 16 runners in all.

Those weren't the only ways the Suns failed to end the game.

n Two runners were thrown out at the plate, one in the sixth and the other in the ninth. Tyler Moore was gunned down while trying to score on Steven Souza's double to left for the first out in the sixth. Derek Norris was thrown out at the plate in the ninth while trying to score on a wild pitch off an intentional-walk pitchout.

n Two other runners were erased on line drives -- one to the outfield, one to second base -- resulting in double plays.

n Fermaint was thrown out trying to steal second in the 11th inning.

The game started well for the Suns, but quickly became bizarre.

Norris gave the Suns a 1-0 lead in the first by blasting the first pitch he saw from starter Greg Infante over the center-field wall.

Hagerstown starter Terrence Engles made his one mistake in the fourth, allowing Seth Loman to homer to right to tie the game.

The Suns looked like they were snagging control of the game in the sixth despite running themselves out of a possible big inning. After Moore was gunned down at the plate, Souza tried to take third on a wild pitch. Kannapolis catcher John Curtis fired his throw into left field to give Hagerstown a 2-1 lead.

Hagerstown gave all the good fortune back in the seventh. Engles issued a leadoff walk followed by a one-out RBI double to Curtis.

Kevin Light came on in relief and allowed a single to pinch-hitter Sergio Morales. With two outs, Justin Greene hit a grounder to Souza, who fired his throw down the right-field line to allow both runners to score for a 4-2 lead.

The Suns tied the game in the seventh in spite of the first line-drive double play. Moore hit a two-run single to knot the game.

Hagerstown finished with 14 hits, led by Souza with four, while Norris and Moore had three each.

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