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Suns lose two, fall into three-way tie for first

July 16, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Hagerstown Suns fell into a three-way tie for first place in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division after absorbing 11-1 and 8-4 losses to the Lexington Legends on Monday night.

The Legends (49-45 overall, 10-15 second half) — who were leading 8-1 in the fourth inning Sunday before rain forced that game to be completed Monday — finished off that victory, then used a five-run second inning to take control of Monday’s regularly scheduled contest.

The Suns (57-37, 15-10) started Monday a half-game ahead of Hickory and Lakewood. Hagerstown’s first loss to Lexington left all three teams tied. The Crawdads and BlueClaws lost Monday to leave the logjam intact.

 In the regularly scheduled game, Lexington took a 1-0 lead off Hagerstown starter Kylin Turnbull (4-5) in the first inning. Delino DeShields Jr. led off with a walk and scored on Zachary Johnson’s double to center.

The Legends exploded for five runs in the second for a 6-0 lead. Justin Gominsky singled before Mike Kvasnicka’s two-run home run to left. Luis Alvarez tripled and scored on DeShields’ single before Nolan Fontana hit a two-run homer to right.

Lexington starter Luis Cruz (7-5) was perfect through three innings with three strikeouts, before the Suns broke through for a run in the fourth. Brian Goodwin led off with a double, took third on Billy Burns’ single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Steven Souza Jr.

The Legends came right back with two runs in the bottom half off Hagerstown reliever Leonard Hollins for an 8-1 lead. Alvarez led off with a single, DeShields doubled and Johnson followed with a one-out, two-run double.

The Suns cut the lead to 8-4 with a three-run sixth. Bryce Ortega and Goodwin got the inning started with singles and Ortega later scored on Cruz’s wild pitch. Later in the inning, an error on Souza’s grounder to third allowed Burns to score after Burns reached on a fielder’s choice groundout. Justin Miller hit an RBI single off Lakewood reliever Murilo Gouvea to cap the inning.

 Lexington led Hagerstown 8-1 in the middle of the fourth inning of Sunday’s game when it was suspended, and finished off the Suns on Monday.

The Legends took control Sunday with a six-run first inning highlighted by Jose Fernandez’s two-run double and Ryan McCurdy’s two-run single. Ruben Sosa and Nolan Fontana hit RBI singles in the third to make it 8-1 before the suspension.

Fernandez added an RBI double in the sixth inning Monday to make it 9-1, before three walks and two sacrifice flies made it 11-1 in the seventh.

Goodwin’s solo home run in the first inning Sunday accounted for the Suns’ only run.

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