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Suns use 'Major League' play to sweep Tourists

May 19, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI

HAGERSTOWN -- Dan Lyons hopes to be a famous baseball player someday.

But when fans draw comparisons, he probably hopes he won't be just like Wesley Snipes. For now, though, that will do.

Lyons stole the winning run on Tuesday, running from second base on contact when Destin Hood rapped a two-out, broken-bat grounder to third in the seventh inning. It gave the Suns a 1-0 victory and a sweep of a doubleheader with the Asheville Tourists. Hagerstown won the opener 4-1.

The play looked just like the one Snipes scored on as Willie Mays Hayes in the movie "Major League," when he scored from second on a bunt to help the Cleveland Indians win a playoff game.

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"It was a lot like the play in the movie," Lyons said with a grin.

This one was for real and allowed the Suns (20-18) to break a scoreless tie in a game in which they had only three hits.

Lyons reached on a one-out, bad-hop single off Asheville shortstop Helder Velazquez and moved to second when Tourist starter Dan Perkins (2-4) hit Steven Souza with a pitch.

Asheville brought in Sheng-An Kuo, who struck out J.P. Ramirez for the second out. Kuo battled Hood for six pitches before the shot that shattered the bat. The grounder went to Joe Sanders, whose throw to first was too late to get the hustling Hood. Lyons never stopped and beat first baseman Jared Clark's throw to the plate.

"It was do or die with two outs," Lyons said. "We needed a hit to score. I went right away and (Sanders) didn't have a chance to get me at third. I kept going. (Hood) did a great job getting down the line to beat that out. He could have been frustrated because he broke the bat on that shot."

Suns manager Matt LeCroy credited Lyons for making that play.

"He did that all on his own," LeCroy said. "It was a great read. Once he saw the ball get thrown, he wasn't stopping. Hood was having trouble with the sliders, but he stayed with it. That's how you have to play. You play the right way and you will get rewarded."

The play made a hard-luck loser out of Perkins, who mastered the Suns for 6 2/3 innings, allowing only two hits and one walk. The Suns didn't have a runner reach second base until Lyons got there in the seventh and Hagerstown finished with no runners left on base in the nightcap.

Patrick Arnold got the win with one inning of relief.

In the opener, the Suns set the stage for the evening by manufacturing the victory.

Hagerstown scored two runs in each the third and fifth inning -- highlighted by a pair of sacrifice flies by Souza -- to turn back the Tourists.

The Suns took a 2-0 lead on Asheville starter Jonathan Vargas in the third when Lyons singled, took second on Sandy Leon's walk and reached third when Sanders dropped Vargas' throw for a force on Eury Perez's bunt. The runs scored on Francisco Soriano's fielders'-choice grounder and one of Souza's flyouts.

The two runs in the fifth came on a Sean Nicol single and Souza's other sacrifice fly. The Suns only managed three hits in the opener.

Joey Wong brought home Asheville's run in the third with a sacrifice fly off Suns starter Mitchell Clegg (4-0).

"I'm happy with the way the team battled," LeCroy said. "This is the way we have to play. We have to bunt and execute. It gives us a lot of options. This team is fun to manage."

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