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Suns break up no-hitter in ninth inning

July 07, 2010
  • Hagerstown Suns
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West Virginia starter Nathan Baker pitched eight no-hit innings before being relieved in the ninth, and the Hagerstown Suns avoided being no-hit with a three-run, four-hit ninth but still fell 7-3 to the Power on Tuesday night in a South Atlantic League game at Municipal Stadium.

Baker (6-5), who lowered his ERA to 3.21, struck out eight without a walk in his eight innings. An error in the first inning and a hit batter in the second were the only blemishes, and Baker retired the last 20 Suns he faced.

Suns starter Graham Hicks (1-1) worked five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out six. After notching his seventh strikeout to start the sixth, Aaron Baker singled to end Hicks' night.

West Virginia went on to take a 3-0 lead in the inning against reliever Kyle Morrison, and Baker's RBI double made it 4-0 in the seventh before the Power erupted for three runs in the eighth against Wanel Vasquez.

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Hagerstown broke through against reliever Gabriel Alvarado in the ninth. Jeff Kobernus' single with one out ended the no-hit bid, and Francisco Soriano followed with an RBI triple. One out later, Justin Bloxom hit a two-run homer.

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