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Suns swept out of first place

June 15, 2011

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — The Hagerstown Suns return home to begin a homestand against Delmarva tonight, hoping to regain their form to get back atop the South Atlantic League Northern Division.

The Suns dropped a costly pair of games to Lakewood on Wednesday to fall one-half game behind Hickory and Greensboro.

Hickory (37-27) and Greensboro (38-28) are in a virtual tie for first place. The first half concludes Sunday.

Hagerstown (37-28) first dropped a 3-2 decision in 12 innings in a game that was suspended in the 11th inning on Tuesday and continued Wednesday. In the regularly scheduled game, the Suns were smacked around in a 9-5 loss.

In the first game, David Freitas drilled a two-run homer in the first inning Tuesday, but the Suns managed only two hits the rest of the way.

Lakewood scored the winning run on an error by pitcher Ben Graham.

In the second game, Lakewood battered Suns starter Matt Grace for eight runs in the first three innings..

Hagerstown’s Michael Taylor hit his fifth home run in the top of the third, but Lakewood widened its lead to 8-1 with five runs in the bottom of the third.

The Suns mounted a rally in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Adrian Sanchez. Bryce Harper, who returned to the lineup after a two-game layoff, drove in Blake Kelso and Sanchez with a triple to right field. Harper then scored on a single by Freitas.

But Lakewood shut down Hagerstown over the final four innings, allowing only three hits to complete the four-game sweep.

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