Suns turn off Power

July 05, 2010

Jeff Kobernus drove in three runs early and J.P. Ramirez tacked on a home run on Sunday to help lift the Hagerstown Suns as they escaped with a 11-9 victory over the West Virginia Power.

Kobernus hit an RBI double in the third and added a two-run single to highlight a four-run fifth to stake the Suns to a 5-1 lead. Ramirez hit a solo shot in the sixth to allow Hagerstown (4-7, 40-41) to move to a 7-2 lead.

The Power aided the Suns by committing six errors.

Hagerstown starter Paul Demny (6-2) pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk, while striking out six.

The Suns, who had lost six of their last seven games, broke a scoreless tie in the third inning when Eury Perez reached on an error by West Virginia second baseman Jarek Cunningham and stole second to set up Kobernus' RBI double off Power starter Kyle McPherson.


West Virginia tied the score in the fourth when David Rubinstein's grounder to third scored Evan Chambers.

The Suns took control in the fifth, highlighted by Perez's RBI double before Kobernus' two-run single.

West Virginia got a run back in the sixth on a Jesus Brito sacrifice fly, but the Suns added two runs in the bottom of the inning on Ramirez's eighth homer of the season and Sandy Leon's RBI triple.

Hagerstown added three runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Destin Hood, Ramirez and Brett Newsome.

West Virginia scored three times in the eighth to cut the deficit to 10-5 on a two-run double by Jesus Brito and RBI single by Ramon Cabrera.

Hagerstown picked up its final run when Steven Souza and scored when Hood reached on a double error.

West Virginia scored four runs in the ninth in a comeback attempt. Dean Weaver came on in relief of Wanel Vasquez with the bases loaded and allowed a two-run double to Jose Hernandez and a sacrifice fly to Brito before earning his 10th save.

Hood and Leon had three hits each for the Suns, who finished with 15 hits.

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