Answers come early for Suns

August 16, 2010

The Hagerstown Suns didn't use a sneak attack, but it was still effective.

The Suns hit early and hit hard as the first five batters opened the game with hits for a four-run first inning -- highlighted by Stephen King's base-clearing double -- on Sunday to lead Hagerstown to a 7-5 victory over Greensboro.

The Grasshoppers scored twice in the first inning off Hagerstown starter Paul Applebee, but the Suns turned the tables quickly.

Rick Hague led off with a walk and took second on a passed ball before advancing to third on Adrian Sanchez's single off Greensboro starter Chad James (3-9). J.P. Ramirez hit a run-scoring single and Brett Newsome singled to load the bases to set up King's three-run double to left for the 4-2 lead.

Hagerstown (55-64, 19-30 second half) added single runs in the second and third innings on sacrifice flies to extend the lead to 6-2.


Eury Perez and Hague led off with singles in the second before Ramirez lofted a sacrifice fly to center for the fifth run. The Suns constructed the run in the third as Justino Cuevas doubled and Adrian Nieto was hit by a pitch before Marcus Jones moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Perez notched the run with his fly to right.

The Suns managed the lead despite having two runners thrown out at the plate in the first three innings.

Applebee settled down, but allowed a run in the fourth on Chad Cregar's home run to right field.

The Suns added a run in the sixth when Hague doubled to center and scored on Sanchez's single. Greensboro closed the scoring with two runs in the eighth off Luis Garcia.

Applebee (5-4) pitched five innings, allowing three runs on four hits for the win. Garcia allowed two runs in two innings while Dean Weaver threw the final two innings for his 16th save. James allowed seven runs on 13 hits in six innings.

Hague led the Suns with three of their 13 hits.

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