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Suns swept by Greenjackets, have lost six straight

July 20, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — The Augusta Greenjackets kept the Hagerstown Suns going in the wrong direction, sweeping a South Atlantic League doubleheader 10-3 and 1-0 on Friday night at Municipal Stadium.

The Suns (57-40, 15-13) have lost six straight games to fall out of first place in the Northern Division. They trail co-leaders Hickory and Lakewood by one game.

* In the opener, Augusta (48-48, 16-11) — which holds first place in the Southern Division — broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the fifth, then put the game away with five runs in the seventh.

In the fifth, the Greenjackets used four hits against Suns reliever Gregory Holt (2-2) to take a 5-3 lead. Jose Flores caped the inning with a two-out, two-run double to center.

In the seventh, Augusta used four hits, two walks, a hit batter and a Hagerstown error to pull away. Shawn Payne and Devin Harris hit RBI singles. off Holt. Bobby Lucas relieved Holt and hit Brett Krill with a pitch with the bases loaded, before Joseph Staley ripped a two-run double to left to cap the scoring.

The Suns opened the scoring with two runs in the second. Justin Miller reached on an error, and with two outs, Brett Newsome — who went 3-for-3 — hit an RBI triple and Hendry Jimenez added an RBI double.

The Greenjackets tied it at 2 in the third. Jose Cuevas led off with a double and scored on Jesus Galindo’s single. Galindo rounded the bases on a steal, a balk and Payne’s RBI groundout.

Both teams scored a run in the fourth. Doubles by Flores and Krill gave Augusta a 3-2 lead in the top half, before Hagerstown tied it at 3 on singles by Newsome and Jimenez, an error and Bryce Ortega’s sacrifice fly.

Greenjackets reliever Steven Neff (3-1) got the win with two scoreless innings after starter Bryce Bandilla gave up three runs — all unearned — on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

Taylor Jordan went four innings for the Suns, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks.

* In the nightcap, Augusta broke a scoreless tie on Galindo’s RBI single in the seventh.

Facing Hagerstown reliever Colin Bates (4-3), Cuevas drew a one-out walk and stole second. With two outs, Galindo singled to left to break the tie.

Kyle Vazquez (3-2) pitched a perfect sixth for the Greenjackets. Cody Hall notched the save with a perfect seventh.

Suns starter Bobby Hansen Jr. gave up nine hits in six innings, yet worked around the jams to keep the game scoreless, helped by two double plays.

The Greenjackets loaded the bases with no outs in the second, but Hansen got a shallow flyout and a double play to escape the inning.

Miller gunned down Krill at the plate from left field for the second out in the fourth.

Augusta starter Kyle Crick kept the Suns off the scoreboard through five innings, allowing three hits and five walks while striking out five.

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