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Pettibone leaves Suns' offense begging for hits

August 22, 2010

The Lakewood BlueClaws got six of their 11 hits in a five-run second inning to back up starter Jonathan Pettibone in a 6-1 victory over the Hagerstown Suns in front of 3,104 fans at Municipal Stadium on Saturday.

Pettibone (6-6) pitched eight strong innings, allowing just three Hagerstown hits while striking out eight.

Pettibone got all of the offensive support he needed in the top of the second inning as the BlueClaws (74-50, 32-22 second half) teed off on Hagerstown starter Mitchell Clegg.

Sebastian Valle and Stephen Batts started the inning with back-to-back singles and Jeremy Barnes followed with a two-run triple to center field. Keoni Ruth drove in Barnes with a sacrifice fly to give the BlueClaws a 3-0 lead.

Clegg (9-2) got Kyle Lafrenz to fly out, but Lakewood struck again with two outs. Alan Schoenberger singled to left and advanced all the way to third on J.P. Ramirez's fielding error.

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Jiwan James followed with a double to right to score Schoenberger, and James moved to third on Destin Hood's fielding error. James scored on Korby Mintken's single to give Lakewood a 5-0 lead.

Clegg, who saw his ERA rise from 2.52 to 2.92 in the game, settled in after that, avoiding trouble in the third and fourth. But in the fifth, Valle doubled and scored on a single by Barnes for a 6-0 BlueClaws lead.

Clegg went 4 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and five earned runs while striking out five.

Meanwhile, Pettibone was cruising for Lakewood. He faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings. Brett Newsome had the Suns' only hit to that point -- a second-inning single, but he was erased in a double play.

Hagerstown (59-66, 23-32) broke up the shutout in the eighth when Sandy Leon hit his second homer of the season, a one-out solo shot.

The Suns continue their final homestand of the season against the BlueClaws today at 2:05 p.m.

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