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Suns drop second straight to Grasshoppers

June 26, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ryan Fisher went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs to lead the Greensboro Grasshoppers to an 8-4 victory over the Hagerstown Suns on Sunday.

The Suns (2-2) and Grasshoppers (2-2) split the four-game series to open the second half of the South Atlantic League season.

Fisher’s RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning broke a 3-3 tie and gave Greensboro the lead for good.

Christian Yelich went 3-for-4 with a solo home run for the Grasshoppers, and Marcell Ozuna and Mark Canha also homered in the victory.

Sean Nicol went 3-for-4 for Hagerstown, while Adrian Sanchez, David Freitas and Cole Leonida each had two of Hagerstown’s 12 hits. Bryce Harper did not play for the Suns.

The Suns took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run single by Freitas. But Canha’s two-run homer tied it in the bottom half.

After Greensboro took a 3-2 lead in the second, the Suns tied it in the fourth as Kevin Keyes led off the inning with a solo shot to right — his sixth homer of the year.

The Grasshoppers answered with five unanswered runs, scoring two in the bottom of the fourth and single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth for an 8-3 lead.

The Suns made it 8-4 in the ninth on an RBI single by Wade Moore.

Greensboro starter Jared Rogers (4-4) went five innings for the win, while Hagerstown starter Robbie Ray (2-1) went 4 2/3 innings in a losing effort. Ray allowed six runs (five earned), five hits and two walks and struck out six.

The Suns open a seven-game homestand tonight at Municipal Stadium with the first of four games against Lakewood.

The Washington Nationals’ Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled to pitch for the Suns on Monday in a rehabilitation start. It will be Wang’s first professional start since he pitched for the New York Yankees on July 4, 2009.

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