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Tourists zip Suns

July 15, 2000

Tourists zip Suns



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


On a night of debuts, the Hagerstown Suns reverted to a couple of old habits.

The game was a beginning for pitcher Peter Bauer and outfielder Shawn Pearson, who each played their first games in a Suns uniform. They got to witness some old bumps in the road for the Hagerstown offense and defense, though.

Hagerstown lacked the needed zip while being zapped by Asheville on Saturday as the Tourists used Greg Catalanotte's two home runs and three RBI for a 4-1 decision that sent the Suns to their third straight loss.

The Suns' defense committed two errors while the offense was rather single-minded on Saturday with all but one of their six hits - Reed Johnson's sixth-inning home run - went for one base.

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"For me, I'd like to see our guys be more aggressive (at the plate)," said Suns interim manager Ken Landreaux. "That's what you go up there for with a bat. When I was going up there, I wasn't going for a walk ... I wanted to hit."

Landreaux was in control of the Suns as manager Rolando Pino began his five-game suspension stemming from last week's fight. After the second inning, Landreaux saw the same things that plagued the Suns in the first half pop up again while Asheville starter Enemencio Pacheco (6-4) handled Hagerstown.

It all started after Bauer made his professional debut with a two-inning stint under a 40-pitch limit. Toronto's second pick, who calls Hagerstown home, in the recent amateur draft wiggled out of a bases-loaded situation in the first to allow no runs on one hit while striking out three.

"It was a good experience to go out there," Bauer said. "I was nervous about my first pro start, but then I started to concentrate and I got the job done. That's the thing on this level, to get the job done."

Pearson singled in four trips after being promoted from Queens Saturday.

Marcos Sandoval (7-7), making a rare relief appearance, got hit by Asheville in his first inning, the third. Chris Warren hit a one-out double down the left-field line and scored on the second of four Dan Phillips' singles. One out later, Catalanotte homered to right for a 3-0 lead. He also led off the eighth with his 14th homer of the year.

The Suns blew a chance to get into the game in the fourth. Johnson singled and stole second before being thrown out at the plate by Phillips on Kevin Cash's single to center.

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