Butler's service makes RiverDogs smile in victory over Suns

August 09, 2012

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Saxon Butler hit a two-run double to cap a three-run fifth inning on Thursday to lift Charleston to a 4-3 victory over the Hagerstown Suns.

Hagerstown starter Blake Schwartz owned a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, but couldn’t hang on.

 Ali Castillo and Cito Culver led off with singles and advanced to second and third on an error by center fielder Billy Burns.

Ben Gamel hit a sacrifice fly to bring in the first run before Robert Refsnyder walked. Butler followed with his two-run double to right for the 3-2 lead.

The RiverDogs extended the lead to 4-2 in the sixth against Hagerstown reliever Ben Hawkins on Culver’s sacrifice fly.

The loss dropped the Suns (67-49, 25-22) a game behind West Virginia in the South Atlantic League Northern Division’s second-half standings.

The Suns took their 2-0 lead by scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Burns led off the fourth with a single against Charleston starter Corey Black and took second on Bryce Ortega’s grounder before scoring on Matt Skole’s single to right.

Hagerstown doubled the lead in the fifth as led off Adrian Nieto with a ground-rule double to left and eventually scored on Brett Newsome’s single.

The Suns tried to mount a comeback in the eighth as Angelberth Montilla and Burns led off with singles. Montilla scored on Ortega’s double play grounder, which shortened the rally.

Black (1-0) pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five.

Schwartz (1-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings.

Nick Goody got his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.

Burns led the Suns with two hits.

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