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Suns use every method possible to crack 'Claws

May 25, 2012

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — The Hagerstown Suns proved that clutch hitting is sometimes overrated.

The Suns used an RBI single, two run-scoring groundouts and a bases-loaded walk to get all the offense they needed on Friday to post a 4-2 victory over Lakewood for their third-straight win.

Adrian Nieto had one single, but drove in two runs — one with a groundout in the fourth and the other with a walk in the eighth — to pace Hagerstown (27-19).

Hagerstown starter Kylin Turnbull (2-3) allowed a run on five hits with six strikeouts to get the victory. Greg Holt allowed a run in 2 2/3 innings and Bobby Lucas notched his second save by recording the final two outs in the ninth.

Lakewood (18-28) took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Harold Martinez.

The Suns tied the game in the second with singles by Steven Souza, Nieto and Brett Newsome.

Hagerstown took a 3-1 lead in the fourth as Nieto and Caleb Ramsey hit consecutive RBI groundouts.

The Suns went up 4-1 in the eighth by loading the bases before Nieto drew his walk.

The BlueClaws got a run back in the ninth on Maikel Franco’s RBI groundout.

Jason Martinson and Souza had two hits each for the Suns.

Lakewood starter Colin Kleven (3-4) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.

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