Error-prone Suns come out flat

June 29, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI |

HAGERSTOWN — In a night that was a comedy of errors, the Hagerstown Suns provided everything but the laugh track.

The Suns committed four errors, played a loose game defensively and only managed four hits against a collection of Lakewood pitchers on Wedneday in an embarrassing 7-2 loss at Municipal Stadium.

Lakewood's first three runs were unearned and the final two were helped along by defensive lapses as the Suns (4-3, 44-33) lost their two-game winning streak.

Offensively, both of the Hagerstown's runs came without the benefit of a hit as the Suns continued to struggle in bases-loaded situations.

Suns starter Taylor Jordan (8-4) had a creditable start, but was a main factor contributing to Lakewood's two runs in the fourth that gave the BlueClaws a 3-2 lead, starting a run of six unanswered runs.

The Suns quietly took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Lakewood starter Lendy Castillo. Wade Moore and Adrian Sanchez were both hit by pitches to leadoff the inning.

Bryce Harper, who was playing for the first time in four games, grounded to Adam Schoenberger at second, who booted the ball to load the bases. Jason Martinson put Hagerstown on the board with a sacrifice fly to center field before Kevin Keyes walked to reload the bases.

Castillo was lifted from the game after Keyes' walk and replaced by Mario Hollands, who walked Brett Newsome to plate another run for the 2-0 lead.

The BlueClaws didn't need a hit to get one of the runs back off Jordan in the third. Domingo Santana drew a leadoff walk and took third when Martinson misplayed Travis Mattair's grounder to short to put runners on first and third. Miguel Alvarez lofted a sacrifice fly to deep center to make the score 2-1.

Hagerstown's generosity continued in the fourth inning as Jordan allowed a one-out walk to Zach Collier and a single to Jim Murphy. With Jeff Lanning batting, Jordan made an errant throw into center field while trying to pick off Collier. Center fielder Michael Taylor allowed the ball to get by him, allowing both Collier and Murphy to circle the bases on a double error to give the BlueClaws a 3-2 lead.

Lakewood showed its first burst of needed offense in the eighth when it scored three runs against reliever Sean McCatty. Murphy and Lanning led off with singles and scored when Anthony Hewitt scorched a double over left fielder Wade Moore's head. Hewitt took third on a throwing error by Sanchez on the play and scored on Mattiar's fielders' choice grounder to give Lakewood a 6-2 lead.

Lakewood picked up its final run in the ninth against Dean Weaver.

Murphy reached on a triple to right that Taylor and Harper allowed to drop between them and go to the fence. Murphy scored on a wild pitch.

Jordan lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing three unearned runs on four hits. Hollands got the win in relief.

Keyes led the Suns, going 1-for-1 with three walks.

Harper went 0-for-4 in his return, dropping his average to .317.

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