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Error-prone Suns fall out of first place in SAL North

July 31, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Hagerstown Suns committed four errors in the first two innings, falling behind 4-0 on the way to a 4-2 loss to the West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League on Tuesday night.

The Suns (63-45, 21-18) lost their second straight game and fell a game behind the Power (45-64, 22-17) in the Northern Division’s second-half standings. Hagerstown, Hickory and Lakewood are all tied for second.

West Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Hagerstown starter Taylor Jordan (0-1). Alen Hanson led off with a single, stole second, took third when Jordan threw away a pickoff attempt and scored on Gregory Polanco’s groundout to short.

The Power made it 4-0 with a three-run second. Ashley Ponce hit a one-out single, Elias Diaz reached on first baseman Brett Newsome’s missed catch — the Suns’ fourth error of the game — and Jordan hit Hanson with a pitch to load the bases. Polanco cleared them with a two-out, three-run double to left.

West Virginia starter Robby Rowland (6-3) took a shutout into the seventh, but Hagerstown finally broke through for two runs to cut the lead in half. Justin Miller led off with a single, and one out later, J.R. Higley launched a two-run homer to left.

Rowland worked 6 2/3 solid innings for the Power, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Robert Kilcrease allowed a hit and a walk in 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and Nathan Kilcrease got his eighth save with a scoreless ninth, allowing a hit and striking out one.

Jordan went five innings for the Suns, allowing four runs — all unearned — on four hits and a walk while striking out two.

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