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Righty shackles Suns on Friday

August 11, 2000

Righty shackles Suns on Friday



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


What most pitchers might consider a career performance is just another night's work for Justin Reid.

The Hickory right hander totally shackled Hagerstown, limiting the Suns to just three hits in the Crawdads 8-2 victory in South Atlantic League play before 1,944 fans at Municipal Stadium Friday.

"He pitched a good game," said Suns manager Rolando Pino. "The last time (the Suns faced Reid) down there he pitched a no-hitter through six or seven before we finally got to him, and he did a good job against us again today."

Reid (8-6) struck out 12, allowed just five base runners and gave up just one hit in the last five innings en route to his third complete game of the season. In his last two starts, Reid has fanned 24 in 18 innings.

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After Hagerstown starter, Peter Bauer (0-3) allowed a run on three hits - two of which never made it out of the infield - in the opening inning, Shawn Fagan provided one of the few highlights for the Suns with a home run into the Hagerstown bullpen to tie the score at one apiece.

But the Crawdads (25-23, 61-58) regained the lead against Bauer in the third on singles by Aron Weston and Jose Castillo, and a J.R. House sacrifice fly.

The Suns (21-26, 55-62) watched the deficit grow in the fifth against reliever Josh Stevens when Josh Bonifay opened the inning with a home run to right. Then, with one out, the speedy Weston reached on a Jimmy Alvarez error, and scored on a Castillo double for a 4-1 advantage.

Hagerstown closed the gap to 4-2 in the sixth when Alvarez grounded to third for an infield single, and sped to third when Jay Langston threw the ball away. Brandon Jackson followed with a sacrifice fly to score Alvarez.

But the Crawdads put it away with a single run in the seventh and three more in the ninth.

"We just couldn't get the big hit," said Pino. "Once or twice we had a chance, and we were in the game until the ninth, but you have to give (Reid) credit. He kept the ball low, had a good sinker, spotted the ball really well and had good control."

Bonifay and Castillo each finished with three hits and two RBI to spark Hickory, with Bonifay scoring three runs.

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