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Suns' errors costly again in loss to BlueClaws

August 26, 2009|By CONNER GILBERT/Staff Correspondent

For the second night in a row, defensive miscues haunted the Hagerstown Suns on Wednesday as they committed three errors in a 3-1 loss to the Lakewood BlueClaws at Municipal Stadium.

"When you're playing a good team and you give them extra outs, they usually take advantage of that," said Suns manager Matt LeCroy.

The BlueClaws jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on James Murphy's two-out RBI single to center.

Hagerstown responded in the bottom half when Derek Norris doubled down the left-field line to drive in Steve Lombardozzi, tying the game at 1.

But the Suns struggled to create offense, mustering just three hits the rest of the game.

Lakewood was also held at bay for much of the game, stranding six runners in scoring position through eight innings.

"We made good pitches, but it's just frustrating when you have nothing going offensively," said LeCroy.

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A Hagerstown error helped Lakewood break the tie in the top of the ninth. After Troy Hanzawa singled to left with one out, Suns pitcher Patrick Arnold threw wide of second base on Korby Mintken's grounder back to the mound, derailing a potential inning-ending double play and putting runners at first and second. Anthony Gose and Harold Garcia followed with RBI singles, giving Lakewood a 3-1 lead.

In back-to-back games, the Suns experienced defensive mistakes and late-inning collapses.

"It's hard to win when you make three errors," said LeCroy.

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