Suns' Southern hospitality hands GreenJackets a victory

April 30, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Hagerstown Suns were nothing if not helpful on Monday in a 7-1 South Atlantic League loss to Augusta.

The Suns (12-11) committed four errors — leading to four unearned runs — and allowed one run on a wild pitch as the GreenJackets won the series and sent Hagerstown home from a seven-game roadtrip with a 4-3 record.

Suns starter Taylor Hill (3-1) allowed the only three runs in his four innings of work as Augusta (11-12) scored in the first, second and fourth innings for the 3-0 lead.

The GreenJackets led 4-0 before the Suns scored their only run in the sixth inning.

Matt Skole lofted a single to center against Augusta reliever Adalberto Mejia to score Cutter Dykstra to cut the deficit to 4-1.

Mejia came on in relief of Paul Davis (2-0), who was making his first start of the year. Davis pitched five scoreless innings with six strikeouts.

One bright spot for the Suns was the three innings of work by reliever Nathan Karns, who recorded eight of his nine outs by strikeout.

Augusta scored three unearned runs off Todd Simko in the eighth to seal the victory.

The GreenJackets were led by Kelby Tomlinson with two hits and two RBIs while Joe Staley had two hits and scored three times.

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