Goodwin's good wheels carry Suns to win

May 18, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — Brian Goodwin doesn’t even have to get a hit to make a difference for the Hagerstown Suns.

His feet are good enough.

Goodwin drew a leadoff walk in the ninth inning and took third on an errant pickoff throw to set up Jason Martinson’s one-out RBI single to give the Suns a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over Delmarva on Friday before 2,347 fans at Municipal Stadium.

Goodwin, a Washington Nationals first-round selection in the 2011 draft — was activated on Friday and played his first game since April 9 when he suffered a leg injury. He had been 0-for-3 before drawing the walk.

It allowed the Suns (23-15) to win for the sixth-straight game.

Hagerstown trailed 4-0 until scoring a run in the sixth and three in the eighth to tie the game. The run in the ninth made a winner of reliever Bobby Lucas (2-0), who pitched two hitless innings with four strikeouts.

The Suns got on the board in the sixth as Caleb Ramsey was hit by a Eduardo Rodriguez pitch with the bases loaded.

Hagerstown tied the game at 4-4 in the eighth when Matt Skole drew a one-out walk and took third on Adrian Nieto’s double. Pinch hitter Steven Souza plated the first run with a sacrifice fly before Ramey connected for a two-run home run to right center, his third of the season.

The Shorebirds scored all four of their runs off Alex Meyer, the Nationals’ other 2011 first-round pick. Meyer pitched five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out six.

Ramsey drove in three runs while Martinson and Hendry Jimenez had two hits each for the Suns.

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