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Suns a hit at home

August 14, 1998|By BOB PARASILITI

Corey Taylor and Sandro Garcia should consider themselves lucky.

They got to bat for the Charleston (W.Va.) Alley Cats 10 minutes before Joe Young took the mound for the Hagerstown Suns.

Charleston's two leadoff men got their team on the scoreboard against a reasonable facsimile of Young. But Hagerstown's right-hander punched the clock after that, getting to work to fire seven innings of four-hit pitching Thursday to lead the Suns to a 7-4 victory at Municipal Stadium.

Taylor led off with a bloop to right field that bounced past Lorenzo Bagley and scored on Garcia grounder to deep short. Then the snooze alarm went off for Young (3-0).

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"Those first two hitters, I just didn't have any arm speed," said Young, who made his fourth start for Hagerstown since returning from Double-A Knoxville. "I was getting the ball up. After that, I told myself to go for it and started to hit my spots."

Hagerstown built a 7-1 lead with aggressive base running and fundamental hitting to give their starter a working margin while sending the Alley Cats to their season-high sixth straight loss.

The win moves Hagerstown (26-28, 70-54 overall) within one-half game of the South Atlantic League's Northern Division lead. Both Delmarva and Cape Fear, which are tied for first with 27-28 records, lost on Thursday.

Young returned to Hagerstown three weeks ago after falling out of Knoxville's starting rotation. He needed work and a shot of confidence to get his game back. He found it in Hagerstown with the help of manager Marty Pevey and pitching coach Hector Berrios.

"Young threw the ball real well," Pevey said. "He said he wasn't loose for those first two hitters. That's all right ... those things happen. But just because he gave up that leadoff triple, I wasn't going to panic. I want him to keep positive."

Young's seven-inning effort was his longest performance since his return. He allowed three singles after the first inning and walked two while striking out nine.

Tony Peters led off the bottom of the first with his seventh home run of the season to get the run back against Dustin Robertson (5-9).

A single and delayed steal in the fourth put Greg Morrison in position for the go-ahead run, scoring on Vernon Wells' single.

Hagerstown added two runs in the fifth, and three Charleston errors in the sixth and seventh led to the last three Suns runs. Charleston made the game respectable by scoring twice in the eighth and once in the ninth off Brian Bowles.

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