BlueClaws' rally to make Suns crabby

April 15, 2012

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — Hits hurt, especially when they are strung together.

Hagerstown Suns’ starter Wirken Estevez had a no-hitter for five innings. Lakewood woke up in the sixth.

The BlueClaws notched six of their nine hits to create a six-run sixth inning en route to a 7-4 victory over Hagerstown on Sunday.

Logan Moore highlighted the rally with a base-clearing double off reliever Todd Simko to put the BlueClaws out front for the their third win in the four-game series.

The Suns (6-5) held a 3-0 lead behind Estevez heading into the sixth until Lakewood sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning.

Brian Pointer, Kelly Dugan and Maikel Franco led off with singles to load the bases. After Estevez struck out Aaron Altherr, he was lifted for Simko.

Chris Duffy singled and Tyler Greene walked to drive in runs before Moore doubled to left to clear the bases for a 5-3 lead. Moore scored on Kyrell Hudson’s single.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Adrian Nieto. Hagerstown doubled their lead in the third when Caleb Ramsey tripled and scored on Jason Martinson’s groundout.

Brett Newsome hit a pinch-hit homer in the fifth to give the Suns a 3-0 advantage against Lakewood starter Lino Martinez.

The BlueClaws (5-6) scored made it 7-3 in the seventh on Duffy’s RBI double. The Suns closed to within three runs in the eighth on Matt Skole’s sacrifice fly.

Simko (0-1) gave up four runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings. Bryce Ortega led Hagerstown with two of its seven hits.

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