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Neal brings Suns to knees in a loss

June 25, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Zachary Neal held Hagerstown to one run on four hits in six sharp innings Saturday night, and the Greensboro Grasshoppers beat the Suns 5-1 in a South Atlantic League contest.

Neal (5-4) walked three, struck out three and did not allow a run after the first inning. Michael Ojala and Grant Dayton combined to pitch three innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts in relief.

The Suns (2-1 second half) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Adrian Sanchez doubled, took third on Bryce Harper’s groundout and scored on Brett Newsome’s single to center.

The Grasshoppers (1-2 second half) answered with two runs in the bottom half against Hagerstown starter Sammy Solis (1-1) for a 2-1 lead. Noah Perio led off with a single and Christian Yelich hit a one-out double to put runners on second and third. Perio scored on Mark Canha’s groundout and Yelich scored on a wild pitch.

Greensboro increased its lead to 4-1 in the third on Marcell Ozuna’s single, Mark Canha’s double, Ryan Fisher’s RBI groundout and Jacob Realmuto’s RBI single.

The Grasshoppers made it 5-1 in the eighth when Yelich greeted Suns reliever Ben Graham by launching his sixth home run of the season.

Solis allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in seven innings for the Suns. He struck out five.

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