Suns' winning streak snapped at four games

July 25, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — The Lakewood BlueClaws pounded Hagerstown pitching for 15 hits to back a solid start by Colin Kleven in a 10-3 victory over the Suns in Wednesday’s South Atlantic League game at Municipal Stadium.

The Suns (61-41, 19-14) had a four-game winning streak snapped and fell into a first-place tie with Hickory atop the Northern Division, with the BlueClaws (44-58, 18-15) a game back.

Lakewood took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Hagerstown starter Bobby Hansen Jr. (2-2), who walked Tim Carver and Alejandro Villalobos to start the game. Christopher Duffy’s one-out single loaded the bases and Brian Pointer drew a two-out walk to force in a run before Hansen got out of the jam.

The BlueClaws made it 2-0 in the third on Kelly Dugan’s leadoff home run to right.

The Suns tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the third off Lakewood starter Colin Kleven. Caleb Ramsey hit a one-out double, Billy Burns singled, Ramsey scored on Bryce Ortega’s groundout to third, and Skole’s single drove in Burns.

Lakewood took a 4-2 lead in the fifth. Maikel Franco drew a one-out walk and scored on Brian Pointer’s double to left. Pointer took third on Ortega’s error at short, and scored on an errant pickoff throw by Suns reliever Leonard Hollins, who had just entered the game.

The BlueClaws pulled away with a three-run sixth for a 7-2 lead. Kelly Dugan drew a one-out walk and Christopher Duffy singled before Franco reached on a fielder’s choice to second in which everyone was safe, loading the bases. Hollins walked Pointer to force in a run, catcher Adrian Nieto’s passed ball allowed another run and Brock Stassi singled home the third run before a double play ended the inning.

The Suns cut the lead to 7-3 in the seventh. J.R. Higley and Angelberth Montilla hit back-to-back singles with one out to end Kleven’s night, and Burns hit a two-out RBI single off reliever Gabriel Arias.

Lakewood made it 8-3 in the eighth off reliever Bobby Lucas on back-to-back doubles by Duffy and Franco. The BlueClaws made it 10-3 in the ninth on Duffy’s two-run home run after Dugan reached base on a two-out strikeout and wild pitch.

Kleven (5-7) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings for Lakewood. Hansen allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and five walks while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings for the Suns.

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