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Suns finish story to beat Legends

June 27, 2013

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Suns are nothing if not courteous.

Hagerstown found itself in a battle against Lexington’s Christian Binford, making his first start as a professional pitcher at Municipal Stadium.

The Suns waited until the Hagerstown native left the game before pulling out the win.

Brandon Miller hit a two-out two-run triple in the eighth inning on Thursday to lift Hagerstown to a 5-4 victory, handing Binford a seven-inning no-decision before family and friends.

Binford, a Mercersburg Academy graduated, allowed three unearned runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four before leaving with a 4-3 lead.

But reliever Clayton Schultz failed to hold the lead for the Legends (37-39).

Schultz got the first two outs of the eighth before allowing singles to Stephen Perez and Shawn Pleffner. Miller followed with his triple to center to give the Suns (43-32) the lead.

Ian Dickson shut Lexington down in the ninth for his first save, giving the victory to reliever Ronald Pena (3-3).

Hagerstown jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning as Binford was victimized by two Lexington errors.

Miller reached second on third baseman Michael Antonio’s throwing error and took third on Will Piwnica-Worms single. Khayyan Norfork’s sacrifice fly gave the Suns a 1-0 lead.

After Piwnica-Worms took second on a Binford balk and moved to third on Matt Foat’s single, he stole home. Foat took second on catcher Cameron Gallagher’s throwing before scoring on Narciso Mesa’s single.

The Legends tied the game in the seventh a two-run homer by Antonio, followed by a solo shot by Fred Ford to chase Hagerstown starter Pedro Encarnacion. Pena allowed a one-out double to Alex Hudak, who scored when Perez threw away Terrance Gore’s grounder to give Lexington a 4-3 lead.

Pleffner and Mesa led the Suns with two hits each.

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