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Suns denied win 2K

May 01, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI

HAGERSTOWN -- For at least one more day, the Hagerstown Suns will have to party at 1,999.

The Augusta GreenJackets took all the air out of the balloons and blew out the candles with their own brand of fireworks.

Augusta stroked four home runs, including three in the first inning off Hagerstown starter Josh Smoker, to ruin any celebration plans that the Suns (12-10) may have had for winning the 2,000th game in franchise history on Friday with a 14-6 rout before 1,086 fans at Municipal Stadium.

The GreenJackets (13-10) ended the Suns' four-game winning streak with four runs in the first and one in the second for a 5-0 lead that chased Smoker (0-4) after two innings. The loss dropped the Suns to an overall record of 1,999-1,969 in the franchise's 30th year.

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But for all intents and purposes, No. 2,000 was another 30 years away on Friday.

"(Smoker) was getting some pitches elevated and was getting hit," said Suns manager Matt LeCroy. "You can't pitch up."

The first inning started Augusta on a roll that resulted in 18 hits and runs in five of the nine innings -- including six runs in the sixth -- against four Hagerstown pitchers.

In the overall picture, the first inning probably didn't matter with the way Augusta was swinging the bats. Yet, one had to wonder how things might have gone if the Suns had gotten a couple of breaks.

With one out, Ryan Cavan hit a two-hopper to short that hit the infield lip and bounced over the head of Sean Nicol for a single. Chris Dominguez followed with a popup behind home plate that got caught in the outward blowing wind, which catcher Sandy Leon misplayed and dropped for an error.

Dominguez took advantage of his second chance by launching a huge shot to center field, which didn't need help from the wind, over the wall for a two-run homer. Tommy Joseph followed with a shot to left and Luke Anders hit a two-out homer to right for a 4-0 lead.

"You still have to get over it and make pitches," LeCroy said about the sequence before the homers.

Cavan, who finished with four hits, drove in a run with an RBI single in the second and followed with a homer to left in the fourth off of reliever Paul Applebee to give the GreenJackets a 6-0 lead.

The Suns got a run back in the fourth when Justin Bloxom doubled off Augusta starter Kyle Vazquez (3-0), advanced on a passed ball and scored on Destin Hood's sacrifice fly.

The GreenJackets put the game out of reach with six runs in the sixth off Applebee and Colton Williems, keyed by a two-run double by Nick Liles. Augusta finished with two more runs in the ninth.

The Suns got two runs in the sixth to cut the deficit to 12-3, highlighted by an RBI double by Bloxom. Hagerstown added three runs in the ninth with five hits, as Brett Newsome, Eury Perez and Steven Souza drove in runs.

"We swung the bats well," LeCroy said. "When you get down early like that, you can't do much on the bases, but the guys battled to the end."

J.R. Ramirez, Bloxom and Newsome led the Suns with two hits each in the 10-hit attack. For now, No. 2,000 can wait.

"Some days you're going to be bad," LeCroy said. "They smoked us. We didn't catch breaks, but you have to go with it and come back tomorrow."

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