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Suns rise to top of Northern Division

July 10, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Kevin Keyes was as much a repo man as a cleanup hitter on Sunday.

But when the Hagerstown Suns outfielder took back what was his, he gave back with interest.

Keyes reclaimed a bat he lent to newest Sun Russell Moldenhauer and used it to cash in with five RBIs in two bases-loaded situations to lift the Suns to an 8-2 victory and a four-game sweep over West Virginia at Municipal Stadium.

Keyes came to the plate with the Suns trailing 2-1 in the sixth inning with the bases full and none out. He lined a foul down the left-field line off West Virginia starter Tyler Waldron (6-5), breaking his bat.

“I was happy to see Moldenhauer join the team,” Keyes said. “I had loaned him a bat during spring training and I was down to one. I have been having a tough time with bats lately because I keep breaking them.”

Keyes turned around and made it tough on the Power. He lashed Waldron’s next breaking pitch into the left-field corner to clear the bases and give the Suns a 4-2 lead. Hagerstown set the inning up as Blake Kelso walked and Adrian Sanchez singled before David Freitas reached on a fielding error by Waldron.

“Kelso started it all with his walk. When he gets on, things happen,” said Suns manager Brian Daubach. “Keyes came up there ready to hit. That was definitely the turning point of the game.”

The Suns (12-6, 52-36) scored seven unanswered runs to extend their win streak to four games and assumed a one-game lead in the South Atlantic League Northern Division’s second-half standings over Hickory.

Hagerstown salted the game away with four more runs in the seventh highlighted by Keyes, this time with a two-run single.

Matt Swynenberg (2-0) picked up the victory in relief of Paul Applebee. Swynenberg pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings with two hits and two strikeouts.

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