Suns get last laugh in ninth

July 02, 2010

LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- This time, it was Hagerstown's turn.

The Suns scored two runs in the ninth on Thursday to pull out a 6-4 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws. Lakewood had scored runs in the ninth inning in the previous two games to defeat Hagerstown.

The Suns (3-5, 39-39) got the go-ahead runs on Brett Newsome's two-run double.

Lakewood reliever Jordan Ellis hit Justin Bloxom with a pitch to start the ninth before Destin Hood reached safely with one out on third baseman Adam Buschini's fielding error. Newsome followed with a liner to left to drive in the winning runs.

Suns reliever Patrick Arnold (2-2) set down the BlueClaws in the ninth for the win. Arnold, the Suns' third pitcher, went two hitless innings, while walking three and striking out three.


Each team scored in the first inning until Lakewood broke the tie with a run in the sixth. The Suns countered with three in the seventh for a 4-2 lead, but failed to hold the advantage when the BlueClaws scored two in their half of the seventh.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the first as Jeff Kobernus led off with a single and scored on a throwing error by Jonathan Singleton.

Lakewood tied the score in the bottom of the inning when Jonathan Villar led off with a triple against Suns starter Graham Hicks and scored on Leandro Castro's grounder.

The Suns got three runs in the seventh, highlighted by an RBI single by Bloxom and a run-scoring double by Hood.

Hagerstown finished with nine hits, led by Kobernus with three and Bloxom and Hood with two each.

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