Suns win wild one

April 23, 2010

LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- In a wild game in which both managers were ejected, the Hagerstown Suns blew a 5-1 lead before scoring five runs in the ninth for an 11-7 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws on Thursday in the South Atlantic League.

Trailing 7-6 entering the ninth, the Suns (8-7) scored five runs off reliever Eric Massingham. Justin Bloxom singled with one out but was later tagged out on a fielder's choice at third that left Destin Hood at first with two outs. J.P. Ramirez then tripled to left to score Hood with the tying run.

Marcus Jones walked before Adrian Nieto singled to center to score Ramirez, and Jones scored all the way from first on the play to make it 9-7. BlueClaws manager Mark Parent was ejected following the play.

Eury Perez and Sean Nicol added run-scoring singles to complete the scoring.

Dean Weaver closed the game in the bottom of the ninth for Hagerstown, allowing a single before shutting the door.


Lakewood (8-7) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on three straight singles by Leandro Castro, Jeremy Barnes and Anthony Hewitt.

Hagerstown scored three runs in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Ramirez capped the inning with a two-run single.

The Suns made it 5-1 in the fifth. Steven Souza tripled and Bloxom doubled Souza in. Bloxom stole third and scored on Hood's groundout.

Three Suns errors in the bottom of the fifth let the BlueClaws score three runs -- and led to the ejection of Suns manager Matt LeCroy. Souza's fielding error at third let the first run in, and the last two runs scored on shortstop Francisco Soriano's throwing error, after which LeCroy was shown the exit.

Lakewood tied the game at 5 in the sixth. Kyle Lafrenz singled, stole second and scored on Castro's single.

The BlueClaws took a 7-5 lead in the seventh with a two-out rally that included Darin Ruf's single, a wild pitch, Adam Buschini's RBI single and Lafrenz's RBI double.

The Suns cut the lead to 7-6 in the eighth without a hit. Nieto reached on an error, went to second on Eury Perez's sac bunt, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Sean Nicol's sacrifice fly.

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