Lexington follows lead to lose Suns

August 05, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — There might be something to the old baseball theory keeping the leadoff hitter off the bases.

If the first guy of an inning reaches base, odds are he will score.

Lexington proved it on Sunday as seven of nine leadoff hitters reached base — five starting rallies — as the Legends lit up the Hagerstown Suns in a 16-6 round at Municipal Stadium.

Zach Johnson, Brandon Meredith and Cristian Moronta drove in three runs each as Lexington ripped Hagerstown pitching.

Johnson leads the South Atlantic League with 100 RBIs, including 33 against Hagerstown.

The loss drops the Suns (66-47, 24-20) into second place, a game behind West Virginia in the Northern Division’s second-half standings.

Lexington got the Suns starter Taylor Hill for five runs in three innings and tacked on another five against reliever Ben Hawkins in the next 1 2/3 innings to pull to the early lead.

The Legends notched 17 hits and were aided as Suns’ pitching hit five batters and walked five .

The Suns took a 3-0 lead in the first inning off Lexington starter Chris Devenski (7-5) on a bases-loaded triple by Justin Miller.

Lexington answered with five in the second, started by a leadoff homer by Meredith.

The Suns got to within 5-4, but Lexington took control with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth and sixth to pull away.

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