Late Power surge jolts Suns

May 13, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI
  • Hagerstown's Francisco Soriano slides into home plate as West Virginia catcher Ramon Cabrera awaits the throw in the first inning Wednesday.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN -- The only relief the Hagerstown Suns enjoyed on Wednesday was that the game finally ended.

There were just enough balls hit at Hagerstown fielders to get just enough outs to end a promising game that turned into an utter disaster.

The Suns' bullpen provided no relief as it was pounded for 12 runs on 16 hits in four innings as Hagerstown turned a 5-1 lead into a 13-9 loss to the West Virginia Power.

The loss ended with a 15-minute closed-door team meeting.

The turnaround ruined a creditable first start by Hagerstown's Mitchell Clegg, who allowed one run on two hits -- a pair of leadoff doubles in the first inning -- and left with the 5-1 lead. Clegg was promoted to the starting rotation after Josh Smoker (0-6) was placed on the disabled list.

The Power (14-18) started unloading in the sixth, sending 30 batters to the plate in the final four innings. Eighteen of them reached base.


Glenn Gibson pitched the sixth for Hagerstown, allowing three runs. Kyle Morrison allowed six runs in two-thirds of the seventh. Dean Weaver also went an inning and allowed three runs in the eighth as West Virginia went from dormant to dominant in a matter of minutes.

Leadoff hitter Evan Chambers went 4 for 6 for the Power, while Ramon Cabrera had three hits and three RBIs. Aaron Baker had a two-run homer to give the Power the 6-5 lead in the seventh against Morrison (1-2), who took the loss.

It looked to be the Suns' night in the beginning as they erased a 1-0 deficit quickly. The Power took the early lead as Chambers and Jarek Cunningham led off the game with back-to-back doubles.

The Suns (16-16) scored three in the first on RBI doubles by Sean Nicol and Steven Souza and an RBI grounder by Justin Bloxom.

They made it 5-0 against West Virginia starter Nathan Baker with two in the second on RBI singles by Francisco Soriano and Nicol. But Nathan Baker left the game in the third when he was hit by a batted ball for the second time, this time on a shot up the middle by Bloxom.

The Power bullpen had a better night than the Suns relievers, holding Hagerstown to four runs and five hits over the final seven innings. First reliever Jason Erickson (2-2) got the win, allowing just one walk in four shutout innings.

The Suns tried to close the gap by scoring two runs in each the eighth and ninth inning. Souza, who finished with two hits and three RBIs, ripped a two-run homer to left off Zach Foster.

Eury Perez reached on a two-base error in the ninth that brought home pinch-hitter Adrian Nieto. Nicol, who had three hits and three RBIs, scored Perez with his second double.

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