Suns' bats go missing in pair of losses

July 28, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Saturday was not a good day for Hagerstown Suns hitters.

After Lexington completed an 8-1 victory in a game started Friday, Legends pitchers Luis Ordosgiotti and Murillo Gouvea combined on a two-hit 2-0 shutout of the Suns.

Hagerstown (62-43, 20-16) is in a first-place tie with Hickory in the South Atlantic League Northern Division’s second-half race. West Virginia and Lakewood are one game back.

* Lexington (58-47, 19-17 Southern Division) took a 4-0 lead off Hagerstown starter Brian Rauh (0-1) in three innings Friday before rain forced the game to be suspended. Zachary Johnson hit a three-run home run in the first inning and drove in Ruben Sosa with a sacrifice fly in the third.

On Saturday, the Legends made it 6-0 in the fourth off Suns reliever Leonard Hollins. Brandon Meredith led off with a double and scored on Mike Kvasnicka’s single. Kvasnicka took second and third on singles by Nolan Fontana and Justin Gominsky and scored on a double-play grounder.

Lexington made it 7-0 in the sixth on a walk and singles by Luis Alvarez and Delino DeShields Jr. off reliever Christopher McKenzie. Johnson’s second home run of the game, a solo shot, gave the Legends an 8-0 lead in the seventh.

Angelberth Molina’s RBI double in the ninth kept the Suns from being shut out. Luis Cruz, Evan Grills (4-1) and Dayan Diaz combined to hold Hagerstown to just six hits — Adrian Nieto had three of them.

* In Saturday’s nightcap, Lexington took a 2-0 lead in the fourth against Hagerstown starter Taylor Hill (9-6). Fontana drew a one-out walk and scored on Matt Duffy’s triple to center. Meredith singled to score Duffy.

That was all the offense the Legends needed.

Ordosgiotti (4-3) held the Suns scoreless through six innings on two hits and two walks, striking out seven. Gouvea got his fourth save with a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out two.

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