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Suns have tough road back home

July 25, 2010

The Hagerstown Suns dropped a four-game series in Asheville, N.C., and then had trouble on the way home prior to the start of a four-game series against West Virginia on Saturday.

Two bus breakdowns forced the Suns' traveling party to hastily arrange an overnight stop in Winchester, Va.

It was not until midday Saturday the first bus that broke down returned to pick up the team after the replacement bus broke down.

Saturday's original start of 7:05 was moved to 7:45 and West Virginia responded with a 9-1 victory.

Jeff Smoker (3-10) started for the Suns and gave up a leadoff home run to West Virginia's Aaron Baker in the second inning.

The Power then battered Smoker and reliever Luis Garcia for eight hits in the big third inning.

Hagerstown did not have a hit through seven innings as West Virginia's Phillip Baker (5-1) handcuffed the Suns.

He allowed two runners via walks and struck out eight.

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Brett Newsome broke up the no-hit, and shutout bid, with a home run in the eighth inning off reliever Ryan Kelly.

Baker, Elevys Gonzalez and Regalio Norris each had three hits for West Virginia, which pounded out 16 hits.

The Suns have now lost five games in a row in falling to 10-17 in the second half of the campaign

Zimmermann to make start for Suns

Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann will make a rehab start for the Hagerstown Suns on Monday against the West Virginia Power at Municipal Stadium.

Zimmermann, a right-hander who started 16 games as a rookie in 2009 before going onto the disabled list and undergoing Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery, will be making his fifth rehab start in 2010. His previous four were with the Potomac Nationals.

In his rookie year, Zimmermann -- a second round draft pick in 2007 -- went 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA. In 91 1/3 innings he struck out 92 and walked 29.

This will be Zimmermann's first appearance for the Hagerstown Suns.

Zimmerman is the second Nationals player to rehab with the Suns in 2010. Scott Olsen, a southpaw pitcher, threw a rehab start in Hagerstown on July 17th against the Rome Braves, pitching four innings with one run allowed and four strikeouts.

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