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Cats sink claws into Suns pitching

May 28, 2000

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Charleston Alley Cats lit up Hagerstown Suns pitchers for nine runs in the first four innings of a 9-2 South Atlantic League win Sunday afternoon at Watt Powell Park.

The game was scheduled as part of as a doubleheader after Saturday's game was postponed. But heavy rain again Sunday only allowed for one game to be played. The teams also sat through a 1 hour, 28 minute delay in the third inning.

The teams will play a doubleheader today beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Willy Ruiz hit a one-out single and Byron Gettis followed with an RBI double to give the Alley Cats (14-34) a 1-0 lead in the first. Gettis scored on a base hit by Donovan Ross.

Chad Santos walked and Thomas Lora drove him in with a double in the second. Lora later scored on an error by Suns first baseman Paul Chiaffredo for a 4-0 Alley Cats lead.

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Gettis walked and stole second before scoring on a single by Ross in the third.

Ross crushed a three-run homer in the fourth to give the Alley Cats a 9-0 edge. Ross' fiver RBI were a career high and the most by any Charleston player this year.

The Suns (23-26) got their two runs in the seventh on a pair of errors by Charleston shortstop Ruiz.

Aaron Fera reached on Ruiz's first error and went to second on a wild pitch. Autwan Riggins put runners on the corners when he reached on Ruiz's second error of the inning.

Jaime Goudie walked to load the bases before Brandon Jackson sing ed home Fera and Riggins.

Brian Cardwell (0-4) took the loss for Hagerstown.

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