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Suns shut out by Grasshoppers

August 29, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Scott Lyman pitched seven shutout innings to lead the Greensboro Grasshoppers past the Hagerstown Suns 4-0 on Wednesday night in the South Atlantic League.

The loss snapped the Suns’ six-game winning streak. Hagerstown (80-51, 38-25) still has won 13 of its last 16 games and leads the Northern Division’s second-half playoff race by three games over Hickory (36-29) with five games to play.

Lyman (3-6) allowed three hits and three walks. He did not record a strikeout, but his defense took care of things — erasing a first-inning error with a double play. Kevin Cravey and Gregory Nappo finished off the shutout.

The Grasshoppers (78-56, 32-32) took a 1-0 lead off Suns starter Taylor Jordan (3-3) in the first inning on Austin Barnes’ solo home run to left.

Hagerstown had to play without first baseman Caleb Ramsey — who was named the SAL’s Player of the Week earlier Wednesday — and manager Brian Daubach after Ramsey was called out at first on a double play to end the top of the second inning. Both were ejected from the game following the play.

Greensboro made it 3-0 in the third on three singles — including Austin Barnes’ RBI knock to left — and Brent Keys’ RBI fielder’s choice.

Aaron Senne tripled to right and scored on Wilfredo Gimenez’s RBI single in the fourth to give the Grasshoppers a 4-0 lead.

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