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Suns still sailing thanks to Hudson

May 01, 1999

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Right now, the swing of Hagerstown Suns infielder Orlando Hudson looks like it came out of the armed forces.

Quick, clean and in step with the pitch.

Saturday night, Hudson tripled to left with the bases loaded in the first, then hit a two-run homer to right in the fourth as the Suns won their sixth straight, 10-1, over the Charleston Alley Cats.

The Suns (16-7) set Hudson up well. Justin Davies led off the game and reached on a two-base error. Felipe Lopez and Jay Gibbons both walked to load the bases, which Hudson promptly cleared. He scored on Jorge Nunez's groundout to second for a 4-0 lead.

After a solo homer by Matt Logan in the third for a 5-0 lead, Hudson got another chance in the fourth. Gibbons again walked in front of him, and Hudson smashed a ball over the right-field wall for a 7-0 lead.

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It was more than enough for Suns starter Pasqual Coco (3-1). Coco scattered six hits in eight innings and struck out five. The only run he allowed was an unearned one in the seventh.

By that time, the Suns led 10-0. Tyler Thompson hit a two-run homer in the fifth and walked with the bases loaded in the seventh to give him three RBIs on the night.

The free pass was one of nine Alley Cats walks on the nights. In their last two games against the Suns, Charleston pitchers have now walked 19 batters.

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