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Suns crack 'Claws

July 05, 2011

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — Hagerstown didn’t tear the cover off the baseball, but the Suns bunched together what they needed at the right time to pull out a 4-3 win over Lakewood on Tuesday.å

The Suns (8-5) rallied back from a 3-1 deficit with a three-run eighth inning to remain in first place in the South Atlantic League second-half standings.
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Hagerstown’s rally began with a single by Cole Leonida, who went to third on a double by Chris Curran. Blake Kelso walked to load the bases and Adrian Sanchez then drove in Leonida with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Curran moved to third on the fly and Kelso then stole second, setting up a two-run double by Kevin Keyes for a 4-3 Suns lead.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Sean Nicol’s double drove in Keyes, who had walked and moved around to third on two infield outs.

Nicol’s hit was the first of the game for the Suns off Lakewood’s Garett Claypool, who worked seven innings.

Lakewood then posted single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, one run off starter Paul Applebee and a pair off reliever Matt Swynenberg (1-0).

Chris Manno hurled two innings to pick up his 11th save of the season.

Applebee went the first five innings, allowing one run on four hits without a walk while striking out five.

NOTE: In Monday’s loss to Lakewood, the original game report indicated Lakewood won 6-2 on a walk-off grand slam by Travis Mattair. However, the home run was changed to an RBI single, the ball having bounced back onto the field after it caromed off a railing that was in play. The official score was 3-2.

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