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Reimers leads Suns to win

August 25, 2000

Reimers leads Suns to win



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


Cameron Reimers had a sinking feeling about his outing on Friday.

That's a good thing. It meant the Macon Braves were going down the drain.

Reimers went the distance, holding Macon to just five hits while keeping a quick pace to the game for a breezy 5-1 victory over the Braves at Municipal Stadium.

Reimers (6-11) directed traffic on the mound, using his sinker to get ground balls and keep the Suns defensive corps in the game. Over the course of 106 pitches, Reimers had Macon swinging early and often at his sinking offerings.

"It was a two-seam sinker," Reimers said. "My slider was getting up and they were hitting it. They were going after the sinker and hitting the top of it. I just decided to stay with what was working."

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His rate of success, coupled with Hagerstown's discovery of timely hits and competent defense, combined for one of the more crisply played games of the season.

"Reimers did an outstanding job," Suns manager Rolando Pino said. "He had the good sinker and he went after the hitters. That helped keep everyone (on defense) into the game. And you have to give Reimers even more credit because when we didn't play defense that well, he still made the pitches to get out of trouble."

The Suns (26-32, 59-68) made huge strides at winning their third-straight game by tripling their pleasure with three three-base hits.

Jaime Goudie got the first of the trio of triples in the first inning to score Shannon Carter from first after his leadoff single. Brandon Jackson, who was named to the South Atlantic League's postseason All-Star team, brought home Goudie with a sacrifice fly off starter Matt Butler (13-7).

Macon (30-29, 65-65) got its only run in the fourth on Ryan Lehr's RBI double. After that, Reimers faced 20 hitters over the last six innings to close the game out.

"I'll let them beat it into the ground all night," Reimers said. "My defense was behind me all night. That was huge because they picked me up when I made mistakes. You always have in the back of your mind that when you score runs, you want to shut them down as quickly as possible as many times as possible. It's a mentality type thing."

The Suns jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the fifth when Carter led off with a triple and scored when Goudie reached on a error by shortstop Keoni De Renne. Goudie scored on Jackson's triple.

Kevin Cash hit his second double of the game in the fifth and eventually scored on Jose Umbria's sacrifice fly.

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