Grace, Suns neutralize Drive offense

July 24, 2011

Matt Grace held the Greenville Drive bats in neutral on Sunday to lead the Hagerstown Suns to a 7-2 victory.

Grace had a no-hitter alive through 6 1/3 innings with a 3-0 lead until Brandon Jacobs broke up the bid with a ground-rule double over the fence in left. Grace then walked Christian Vasquez and was removed from the game with what appeared to be an injury to his right leg.

Grace (10-5) struck out three and walked two.

Greenville plated two runs on a fielders’ choice and an error to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Michael Taylor got the Suns off to a 1-0 lead in the third with a triple, scoring on a Greenville error.

In the sixth, David Freitas had a one-out single, Kevin Keyes singled and Jason Martinson walked to load the bases, setting up a two-run double by Wade Moore.

Hagerstown (56-43, 16-13 second half) answered Greenville’s seventh with two runs driven in on a single by Adrian Sanchez to score scored Cole Leonida and Taylor.

The Suns finished the scoring with a pair in the eighth as Taylor delivered his 11th home run of the year.

Wilson Eusebio finished in relief of Grace with 2 2/3 innings of two-hit ball with three strikeouts.

Today’s contest, originally for 7:05 p.m., has been movee up to 3:05 because of the light pole damage from Friday’s storm.

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