GREENSBORO, N.C. —The Hagerstown Suns should have figured they were in trouble.
The Suns should have got a clue when they started throwing the ball farther than Greensboro was hitting it.
Hagerstown committed consecutive throwing errors on a pair of balls hit in the infield to open the door for a six-run fourth inning for Greensboro on Friday, leading to a 7-2 loss.
After allowing leadoff singles to Aaron Senne and Ryan Rieger, Hagerstown’s starting pitcher Bobby Hansen Jr. fired Austin Nola’s sacrifice bunt and Terrence Dayleg’s single to the mound down the right-field line to start an improbable rally.
The loss was the Suns’ second straight after a seven-game winning streak. Hagerstown (56-35, 14-8) managed to remain in a tie for first place with Hickory in the South Atlantic League Northern Division second-half standings. Hickory dropped a 3-2 decision to Lakewood.
Hansen’s error on Nola’s sacrifice bunt allowed Senne and Rieger to score and break a scoreless tie. Nola scored when Hansen’s errant throw on Dayleg’s single to make it 3-0.
Greensboro finished the rally with James Wooster’s RBI single and a pair of bases-loaded walks to take the 6-0 lead.
Hansen didn’t make it out of the fourth, leaving after walking Ryan Goetz to bring home the fifth run. Suns reliever Greg Holt walked Rieger to score the final run.
The Suns scored single runs in the sixth and eighth innings in an effort to get back into the game.
Billy Burns led off the sixth by reaching on a two-base throwing error by Greensboro reliever Kevin Cravey. Burns took third on Cutter Dykstra’s groundout before scoring on Steven Souza Jr.’s RBI single.
Bryce Ortega led off the eighth with a single before taking third on Brian Goodwin’s double and scoring on Burns’ single to cut the deficit to 6-2.
Greensboro added an insurance run in the eighth on Tony Caldwell’s RBI double.
Grasshoppers starter Austin Brice (7-3) got the win, pitching five innings and allowing no runs on two hits, while striking out five.