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Curran gives Legends run-down feeling

August 14, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Chris Curran threw his weight around on Sunday.

Normally, at 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds, it isn’t that scary. But this time, Curran carried the clout of a sumo wrestler.

The Hagerstown center fielder had three hits and four RBIs but stole the show by throwing his body around Municipal Stadium in the Suns’ fourth straight win, a 9-1 victory over Lexington.

Curran extended while on the run to pull in Bryce Lane’s drive to right-center to end the sixth inning. He topped it with an RBI triple that ended with him scoring on a Lexington error.

“I was running all the way because I don’t hit a lot of home runs,” Curran said. “I was rounding second and I saw (manager Brian Daubach) waving (Wade) Moore home, so I was going for a triple.”

Lane got to the ball and fired it to second baseman Hector Rodriguez, who let it get by to roll freely into the infield. Curran broke to the plate as the throw got to catcher Ben Heath, setting up a collision at the plate that went the Suns’ way with what may be the outfielder’s biggest hit of the game.

“I saw the ball and went for home,” Curran said. “Heath is 220. I’m not going to take him on head on. He was turned from catching the ball, so I didn’t catch him all, which is probably a good thing.”

It was great for the Suns, who went up 6-1 on the play before Curran capped the victory with a three-run home run to right.

“I think it was a lot of wind,” Curran said. “We were hitting the ball on the barrel all day and I got that one up in the jetstream. Luckily the flags were blowing out.”

Curran was the most spectacular out of a whole batch of positives for the Suns.

 The bottom third of the order — Brett Newsome, Moore and Curran — scored seven of Hagerstown’s nine runs.

 Kevin Keyes went 4-for-4 with an RBI.

 Blake Kelso ripped a bases-loaded single in the fifth to give Hagerstown a 2-1 lead.

 And starting pitcher Ryan Demmin (3-2) allowed one run on two hits in five innings. Suns starters have allowed two runs on four hits over 17 innings in the last three games.

“We’ve been swinging the bats better of late and it has gone well with our pitching,” Daubach said. “I hope we keep it going. Curran was great with that catch, the play at the plate and the home run.”

The Suns (66-52, 26-22) fell behind 1-0 in the first as Demmin issued a two-out walk to Telvin Nash. Heath and Mike Kvasnicka followed with singles to drive in the run.

Hagerstown tied the game in the fourth as Kelso led off with a single against Lexington starter Carlos Quevedo (7-5). He advanced on David Freitas’ single and scored on Keyes’ second of four singles in the game.

The Suns broke the game open with three runs in the fourth as Moore and Curran led off with singles and Michael Taylor walked to load the bases. Kelso singled to left to plate the go-ahead run before Adrian Sanchez hit a run-producing double play and Freitas added a run-scoring single.

Then Curran finished off the game.

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