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Suns unravel in another loss

August 03, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI
  • Suns second baseman Justino Cuevas throws to first for the second out in the top of the third inning against Lexington on Monday night.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

The Hagerstown Suns are kind of like a dangling string on a shirt.

All it takes is one little tug the wrong way and everything starts to come apart at the seams.

The Lexington Legends were the ones who grabbed hold on Monday.

Lexington pulled out a four-run sixth inning, using two walks and four singles, to leave another hole in the Suns with a 9-4 victory at Municipal Stadium on Monday.

Starter Paul Demny allowed a leadoff walk and a one-out single to Lexington's Aaron Bray before being lifted for Shane Erb.

Erb allowed Jonathan Meyer to single to load the bases, then gave up an RBI single to Rene Garcia and a bases-loaded walk to Brian Kemp before Grant Hogue capped the rally with a two-run single to right.

"Demny didn't start out sharp in the beginning and we tried to get him through six innings," LeCroy said. "I thought he battled. Erb came in and left a ball up that was a weak ground ball that went through. It all unraveled from there."

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The thread is coming off the spool for the Suns. The loss was the fifth straight for Hagerstown (48-59 overall, 12-25 second half) and its 11th in the last 13 games, which included a painful sweep in Greensboro. The Grasshoppers won three one-run games, including two by 1-0 counts.

Lexington (55-52, 20-17) jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Demny (6-4).

The Legends scored twice in the second on a run-scoring grounder by Bray and a sacrifice fly to right by Rene Garcia that turned into a double play when Destin Hood threw to first to get Meyer, but the run crossed the plate before the third out.

It was one of three odd plays during the night, two going against the Suns.

Goebbert hit an RBI single in the third to give the Legends the three-run lead.

Hagerstown broke through against Lexington starter Jose Cisnero (6-5) in the third when Eury Perez led off with a bunt single and scored on J.P. Ramirez's home run to right field to cut the deficit to 3-2.

After falling behind 7-2, the Suns got a run in the seventh when Rick Hague tripled down the right-field line and scored on Ramirez's sacrifice fly to left.

Hagerstown got within 7-4 in the eighth when Marcus Jones drew a two-out walk and scored on Justino Cuevas' triple to left against reliever Wander Alvino.

Lexington added two insurance runs in the ninth against Suns reliever Wanel Vasquez. It started with an RBI double by Kody Hinze and ended with a play when Garcia hit an RBI single to left on a catcher's interference call. After some confusion over whether a timeout had been called, and a couple of changes by umpires, LeCroy was ejected for arguing the call.

Garcia drove in three runs for Lexington. Despite a three-RBI game by Ramirez, the loose thread became a little longer because of critical situations.

"It's been a tough stretch the last five games," LeCroy said. "We had all those close games in Greensboro and there were some weird plays here tonight. The thing about it is what I told the guys, in those tight 1-0 games, when you make a mistake, it magnifies. Every game is a new learning experience."

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