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Andrews alive on hill vs. Cats

August 27, 1998

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Clayton Andrews is used to getting "little" run support.

But not this way.

Hagerstown's bottom of the order went a combined 12-for-21 and drove in and scored all of the team's runs in a 6-1 victory over the Charleston Alley Cats Wednesday night to give Andrews his 10th victory of the season.

Andrews (10-7), second in the league in ERA heading into the game at 2.37, dropped that number a little bit farther, allowing just one run on five hits in eight strong innings. Johnny Oliver scored in the sixth for the Alley Cats on an Andrews wild pitch.

But the Suns (36-31, 80-57 overall) had taken care of business at that point. Facing Phil Merrell (5-15), the losingest pitcher in the South Atlantic League, Hagerstown broke on top in the second.

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With one out, number-five hitter Greg Morrison and Vernon Wells hit back-to-back singles, and both came in on Josh Phelps' double to the left-field wall to make it 2-0.

The Suns picked up a run in the third when Morrison singled, stole second and came home on Wells' long single.

The sixth was the end of Merrell, but not before he gave up three final runs.

With one out, Wells singled, stole second, and came home on another double by Phelps. No. 8 hitter Randy Albaral followed with an RBI double, and Cesar Izturis drove in Albaral with a single as the Suns took a 6-0 lead.

Despite the victory, the Suns are still one back of Delmarva in the Northern Division. The Shorebirds beat Cape Fear at home, 9-4.

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