Suns show disrespect for 'Dads' pitching

August 03, 2011

HICKORY, N.C. — Kevin Keyes went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and Jason Martinson and Brett Newsome drove in three runs each on Wednesday as the Hagerstown Suns unloaded a 12-0 shellacking on Hickory.

Hagerstown (60-48, 20-18 second half) had five-run innings in the second and eighth innings to run away with its second straight win over the Crawdads.

Hickory pitching helped the cause by allowing 11 hits and 11 walks.

With the victory, the Suns move within 2 1/2 games of Hickory in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division race.

Suns starter Ryan Demmin (2-1) allowed four hits and struck out five over six innings for the win. Colin Bates allowed one hit in the final three innings to notch his first save.

Hagerstown used a pair of home runs to jump on Hickory starter Joseph Van Meter (5-4) in the second for a 5-0 lead.

Keyes hit a one-out single and scored on Martinson’s 13th homer, a drive to left field. Newsome followed by drawing a walk to set up Adrian Nieto’s two-run shot to right, his first with the Suns.

Sean Nicol drove in Michael Taylor with the fifth run.

The Suns added single runs in the third and sixth innings for a 7-0 lead. Keyes and Martinson hit back-to-back doubles to produce the run in the third.

Hagerstown greeted reliever Matt Thompson in the sixth as Justino Cuevas drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch before scoring on Nicol’s single.

Hagerstown completed the blowout in the eighth by loading the bases twice before Keyes’ two-run double and Newsome’s base-clearing triple, both coming with two outs. Hickory issued three walks in the inning.

Nicol added two hits and two RBIs. All of Hickory’s hits were singles.

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