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Alley Cats win 3 of 4 vs. Suns

July 30, 2000

Alley Cats win 3 of 4 vs. Suns



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


For much of the season, countless things have gone against the Hagerstown Suns.

On Sunday, Charleston's Tony Cogan had the Suns' number. In fact, you can count on one hand how many times the Alley Cats' pitcher has given value to Hagerstown's woes.

Cogan kept the Suns in check for a second straight outing, throwing seven innings of three-hit baseball to control a 3-1 victory Sunday, giving Charleston three wins in the four-game series.

Cogan allowed one unearned run in the third while walking four and striking out to to mvoe his record to 5-2. In two outings against Hagerstown, he's allowed two unearned runs and four hits in 15 innings with six walks and six strikeouts.

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The only difference, the July 1 meeting resulted in a 1-0 loss.

"He just did a good job on us," Suns manager Rolando Pino said. "But he must be doing a good job against the whole league ... he's got some good numbers. We just didn't get much offense started against him."

Cogan's performance magnified the problems that have plagued the Suns for much of the season. Defensive shortcomings made two of the three runs allowed by Hagerstown starter Marcos Sandoval (7-8) unearned. The Suns' offense was meek with runners on base and made running stakes on two other occasions.

"Our defense hurt us again, too." Pino said. "It's not always things you can charge errors on the board. Sandoval did a good job keeping us in the game, but we didn't do anything offensively and the defense didn't help."

Hagerstown (14-21, 48-57) took a 1-0 lead in the third when Ryan Bundy reached on a throwing error by Charleston second baseman Thomas Lora. He scored on Jimmy Alvarez's double after being sacrificed to second by Shawn Pearson.

Alvarez took third on the double on a throwing error by left fielder Byron Gettis. The Suns lost a chance for a big inning when Alvarez was doubled off at the plate by Adam Neubart while trying to scored on Jaime Goudie's short fly to right.

The Suns collected only two more hits off Cogan as Alley Cat pitching faced two hitters over the minimum the rest of the way.

"He just threw strikes and worked in and out and went right at us," Pino said. "We were swinging at a lot of pitches that were up and in and we let him get away with it."

Charleston took a 2-1 lead in the fifth with the help of a Goudie throwing error. Neubart was hit by a pitch and scored on Mike Tonis' double to tie the game. After Mike Clay walked, Lora hit a grounder that Goudie threw away while trying to turn a double play, allowing Tonis to score.

The Alley Cats picked up an insurance run in the ninth on Clay's RBI single.

Following the game, Suns' pitcher Matt Ford, who is currently on the disabled list, was assigned to Toronto's extended spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., to begin rehabilitation. Ford, who has been suffering from elbow problems, might be done for the season.

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