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It's raining, it's pouring, but Suns didn't stop Augusta from scoring

May 08, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com
  • Augusta's Shawn Payne (5) gets back to first base while Hagerstown first baseman Justin Miller waits for a pickoff throw on Tuesday during the Suns' 8-1 loss.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Rain, rain didn’t go away.

Neither did the Augusta GreenJackets.

The GreenJackets fared well in foul weather, capitalizing on nearly every opportunity for an 8-1 victory over the Hagerstown Suns during a Tuesday morning matinee before 1,842 Education Day fans shortened to 6 1/2 innings by inclement weather.

The GreenJackets (14-16) earned a split in the four-game series by scoring six of their eight runs after a steady rain began to fall.

The game was halted before the Suns batted in the seventh. Home plate umpire Drew Maher called the game after a seven-minute delay because of the wet conditions following 3 1/2 innings of rain.

Augusta used nine hits and six walks, along with aggressive base running, to take the game to the Suns (17-13).

Hagerstown starter Kylin Turnbull struggled through three innings in his first start since April 27. Turnbull had been assigned to half-season Auburn’s roster but was recalled Tuesday to fill outfielder Steven Souza’s roster spot.

Souza was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement. He left Sunday’s game after five innings after making his second diving catch in right field.

Augusta quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Turnbull in the first inning. Kelby Tomlinson drew a four-pitch, leadoff walk and scored when Jose Cuevas followed by serving a double down the left-field line.

Cuevas took third on Shawn Payne’s fly to center and scored on Ben Thomas’ sacrifice fly to center for the two-run lead.

Brian Dupra, who was the scheduled starter, relieved Turnbull to start the fourth, but he had problems getting comfortable on the wet mound as dirt continuously caked in his spikes and hampered his delivery.

The GreenJackets added two runs in the fifth on Payne’s run-scoring single and Krill’s RBI double for the 4-0 lead.

The Suns got a run back in the bottom of the fifth as Cole Leonida hit a one-out single to right and beat a throw to third on Caleb Ramsey’s single to left off Augusta starter Edwin Escobar (2-1). Cutter Dykstra singled to right to put Hagerstown on the scoreboard.

The GreenJackets batted around in the sixth, adding four runs on five hits. Carlos Willoughby’s two-run double highlighted the rally, while Cuevas added a sacrifice fly and Krill hit an RBI single.

Dupra lasted 2 1/3 innings before giving way to Todd Simko, allowing six runs on six hits while walking three. Turnbull (0-2) allowed two runs on two hits and three walks in three innings.

Escobar allowed a run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts over five innings to earn the win. The Suns managed five hits for the game.

Cuevas, Willoughby and Krill drove in two runs each for Augusta.

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