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Unearned runs help Suns smoke Hickory

April 27, 2013

HAGERSTOWN — Four Hickory errors helped the Hagerstown Suns build an early four-run lead en route to an 8-2 victory over the Crawdads on Saturday at Municipal Stadium.

The miscues extended the first, fourth and fifth innings and allowed the Suns (12-11) to take a 4-1 lead. The errors were too much for the Crawdads (14-9) despite two more home runs to pad their South Atlantic League-leading total.

Kylin Turnbull (1-0) returned to the Suns and immediately notched a victory with six innings of three-hit pitching, allowing one run without a walk while striking out seven.

The Crawdads got to Turnbull early as Lewis Brinson led off the game with a home run to left, his fourth, for a 1-0 lead.

The Suns countered with a tying run in the bottom of the first.

 Leadoff hitter Tony Renda reached second on an error by Hickory third baseman Joey Gallo before taking third on starter Connor Sadzeck’s wild pitch. He scored on Mike McQuillan’s sacrifice fly.

The Suns capitalized on two more errors to move to the 4-1 lead.

Will Piwnica-Worms reached on an error by shortstop Luis Marte in the fourth and eventually scored on Wes Schill’s double for a 2-1 lead.

Hagerstown added two runs in the fifth. Renda reached on Marte’s third error of the game and McQuillan singled to set the table. Wander Ramos hit a sacrifice fly and Shawn Pleffner added an RBI double.

Hickory got one of the runs back in the top of the seventh, as Jorge Alfaro homered to left off Suns reliever Will Hudgins to make it 4-2.

The Suns scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and two more in the eighth to cap the game.

Hagerstown loaded the bases in the seventh and used a Pleffner sacrifice fly and a wild pitch to go up 6-2.

Renda hit an RBI double and McQuillan followed with a run-scoring single to cap the scoring in the eighth.

The Suns finished with 11 hits, led by Renda and McQuillan with three each.

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