Suns press by Jackets

August 08, 1998

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Hagerstown Suns got six runs off four Augusta errors to support the strong pitching performance by starter Joe Young on Friday for a 7-1 South Atlantic League victory over the GreenJackets.

Hagerstown (22-26, 66-52 overall) sent a combined 15 men to the plate in the seventh and eighth innings, scoring six runs on four hits, three walks and two key errors to blow open a 1-1 tie. Augusta also chipped in with two wild pitches and a passed ball to aid the Suns.

The Suns won three of the four games against Augusta, the Southern Division's first-half champions. Hagerstown is two games behind Northern Division-leading Cape Fear, who the Suns face in a four-game series starting tonight.

The Suns have won two straight and are 5-3 on their longest road trip of the season.

Young (2-0) allowed one run on four hits and one walk in six innings in his third outing with the Suns.


Augusta (25-24, 60-60) took a 1-0 lead in the third as Victor Gutierrez walked, stole second and moved to third on a groundout before scoring on Cory DeHaan's double.

The Suns tied the game in the sixth on Tony Peters' solo home run to dead center field off Augusta starter Clint Johnston.

But the GreenJackets' defense let down in the sixth behind reliever Mike Ayers (0-1). Vernon Wells drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Chris Hayes followed with a grounder that put Wells in a rundown between third and home. Third baseman Xavier Burns hit Wells in the back of the helmet for an error to score the run.

Hayes scored when Randy Albaral reached on an error for a 3-1 lead.

The Suns put the game away with a four-run eighth. Wells stroked a bases-loaded sacrifice fly and Lorenzo Bagley scored on a passed ball for the 5-1 lead. Cesar Izturis' infield single to the right of the pitcher's mound drove in the final two runs.

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