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The Cosby Show - Dean shines in supporting role for Hagerstown

April 21, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

Robert Cosby's fourth-inning fly ball and the Charleston Alley Cats had one thing in common Thursday.

They were both gone with the wind.

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Cosby got the benefit of the doubt, thanks to a brisk wind blowing to left field, with a two-run home run to key a three-run fourth inning while starting pitcher Aaron Dean did some blowing away of his own with 10 strikeouts in a 5-2 victory for the Hagerstown Suns.

Hagerstown (8-5) trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth. After Reed Johnson laid down a bunt single, Cosby faced Alley Cats starter Rafael Ricones. The third baseman hit a fly into the 20 mph wind and the ball jet-streamed off the top of the chain-link fence and into the batting cage for a two-run home run.

"I wasn't thinking about the wind ... I was just trying to hit the ball (hard)," Cosby said. "I didn't think it was a home run, but then I saw it hit the fence and it went over."

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Jaime Goudie followed with a drive with the wind that got over left fielder Jeremy Freitas' head and scored on Guillermo Quiroz's single to give Dean all the help he needed. In fact, Charleston (2-11) may have added a few m-p-hs to the wind trying to catch up to the starter's fastball.

Dean (2-0) fanned a season-high 10 Alley Cats in seven innings, while allowing one earned run on four hits. He struck out Chad Santos with the tying run on third to end the fifth inning.

"I just mainly stayed with the fastball for the first five innings," Dean said. "They kept chasing the high fastball. Then they started to hit it in the fifth inning, so I started going to my change. As long as you keep the ball down, you can stay out of trouble."

Charleston scored in the fourth on singles by Thomas Lora and Donnie Ross with the help of a wild pitch and a passed ball. The Alley Cats cut the Suns' lead to 3-2 in the fifth when Freitas walked, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Brian Johnson's two-out single.

Dean and reliever Josh Stevens protected the lead until the eighth, when Brandon Jackson dumped a one-out single to right and Cosby reached when third baseman Michael Clay booted a two-out grounder.

Kevin Cash lined a two-run double into the left-field corner for insurance before turning the game over to closer Peyton Lewis, who collected his third save and the Suns' season-best third straight win.

"Dean threw well today and had a good fastball and good control," Suns manager Rolando Pino said. "He made the pitches when we needed them. If it weren't for the wind, Cosby's homer probably wouldn't have gone out. It doesn't matter ... I'll take it anyway we can get it."

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Charleston Alley Cats

Jimmy Gobble (1-1, 8.31)

at Hagerstown Suns

Travis Hubbel (2-0, 4.22)

Time: 7

Radio: WHAG 1410

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