Grasshoppers top Suns in 11

July 13, 2009

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Hagerstown Suns lost a heartbreaker to the Greensboro Grasshoppers 4-3 in 11 innings on Saturday.

Hagerstown (5-12) took an early lead with three runs on three consecutive two-out hits in the top of the second inning, culminating with a two-run single by Steve Lombardozzi.

The Grasshoppers (5-11) struck back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning on a disputed home run.

With two runners on base and nobody out, Greensboro's Justin Bass hit a high fly ball to left field. Valerio Heredia, the Suns left fielder, camped underneath the drive with his back to the wall and as he reached up to make the catch, a fan appeared to reach out over the fence and take the ball from Heredia.


Base umpire Jim Hutchings ruled the hit a home run, which would have tied the game 3-3. Suns manager Matt LeCroy protested the call, and it was determined that Bass had passed the runner on first base, causing an automatic out.

The home run was still granted, but only two runs scored and one out went up on the board, leaving the Suns with a 3-2 lead.

The score stayed 3-2 until the bottom of the seventh inning when Paul Gran hit a two-out single to left field that was misplayed by Heredia, allowing Gran to reach second.

One batter later Jeremy Synan singled to left, scoring Gran and tying the score at 3-3.

After both teams were retired in order in the ninth, the Suns had a chance to take the lead in the top of the 10th as Derek Norris led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on an infield single by Tyler Moore.

Two batters later, Charlie Fermaint came through with a base hit into left field, but Jeremy Synan delivered a perfect throw to the plate to peg Norris.

Greensboro took their only lead of the game in the bottom of the 11th as Ryan Keedy walked to lead off the inning and eventually scored on a single to by Emilio Ontiveros.

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