Suns lend a helping hand to `Hoppers

July 12, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Hagerstown Suns were forced to endure the errors of their ways.

The Suns committed their fifth error of the game in the 10th inning to set up Ryan Rieger’s walk-off two-run home run on Thursday to drop a 4-3 decision to Greensboro.

The loss ended Hagerstown’s seven-game win streak, as the Suns (56-34, 14-7) remained tied with Hickory for the South Atlantic League Northern Division’s second-half lead.

Austin Barnes reached first against Hagerstown reliever Ben Hawkins (3-2) on a Bryce Ortega error to start the 10th. One out later, Rieger hit a drive to right-center for his seventh homer of the year to win the game.

The Suns had just taken the lead in the top of the 10th when Carlos Alvarez drew a lead off walks against Greensboro reliever James Nygren before giving way to Ortega on the bases.

Ortega advanced on a groundout by Sam Palace and eventually scored on Cutter Dykstra’s RBI single for a 3-2 lead.

Steven Souza Jr. gave the Suns a 1-0 lead in the second by hitting a leadoff homer off Greensboro starter Jose Urena.

Hagerstown upped the lead to 2-0 with a run in the fifth, highlighted by Alvarez, the Suns’ newest addition, who joined the team to replace the injured Matt Skole.

Justin Miller led off with a walk and moved to third on Brett Newsome’s single to left. Alvarez grounded into a fielders’ choice to score Miller.

Greensboro knocked Suns starter Taylor Hill out of the game with the two tying runs in the seventh.

Aaron Senne led off with a walk and moved to third when Rieger singled to second and advanced on Alvarez’s throwing error. James Wooster singled to score Senne and end Hill’s night.

Hagerstown’s Richie Mirowski was greeted by an RBI single by Wilfredo Gimenez to tie the game.

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