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Suns' 'D' takes night off

August 25, 2009|By CONNER GILBERT/Staff Correspondent

When a team experiences a lapse in fundamentals, everything can come crashing down around it.

The Hagerstown Suns failed to make smart plays on defense, falling to the Lakewood BlueClaws 8-0 on Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium.

"We've done a good job on defense all year long," said Suns manager Matt LeCroy. "But we started to make some mistakes and you just can't let that happen."

A Suns defensive miscue allowed the BlueClaws to score twice in the top of the fourth. Vladimir De Los Santos' seemingly harmless popup to right-center field with two runners on dropped between outfielders Charlie Fermaint and Robby Jacobsen to give Lakewood a 2-0 lead.

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The BlueClaws added another run in the fifth on Travis d'Arnaud's sacrifice fly to left for a 3-0 advantage.

Lakewood scored three more runs in the eighth with the help of a botched attempt to cover second base by the middle of Hagerstown's infield on a ground ball to pitcher Kevin Light.

"They made some good plays, but we didn't hit cutoff men and didn't cover second base on a play," said LeCroy. "This is elementary stuff. You've got to come ready to play."

The BlueClaws scored twice more in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by De Los Santos and an RBI single by Anthony Gose to close the scoring.

"We've played some good ball, but we haven't closed some games out well," said LeCroy. "We've got two weeks left to finish the season out strong."

For LeCroy, one of the best parts about baseball is the fresh start that the next day's game brings.

"You've got to let it all go," he said. "You have to throw the last game out and come ready for the next one."

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