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Suns start final homestand with 'W'

September 01, 2000

Suns start final homestand with 'W'



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


Cameron Reimers knew he did it right.

So, he missed pitching a complete game by two pitches. And he missed a shutout by a inning. The Hagerstown Suns starter did everything he could to make sure of a victory.

He was sure of that because when it came time to get up and cheer, Reimers could barely get up. The right-hander fired 8 1/3 innings of shutout baseball before leaving after allowing two unearned runs in the ninth en route to a 3-2 win over the Cape Fear Crocs before 2,495 pyrotechnic worshippers at Municipal Stadium.

"I really had to work today," said Reimers, seated on a picnic table outside the Suns clubhouse. "I was getting tired, but that's how I want to feel. I want to be mentally and physically drained after a game."

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Reimers (7-11) rode his sinking fastball to make gator bags out of the Crocs (24-40, 62-73). A big pickoff throw by catcher Kevin Cash and a pair of critical double plays allowed the right-hander to ride a 3-0 lead into the ninth.

There was no easy way out though as third baseman Shawn Fagan misplayed a Wilken Ruan grounder and Jon Palmieri walked to put runners on first and second. Groundouts by Brandon Phillips and Felix Lugo put Cape Fear on the scoreboard and Josh McKinley's bleeding single to right cut the lead to one run and chased Reimers.

"I got the chance to go out and close it out and finished just one batter away," Reimers said. "The ball goes one way or another and I'm out of it, but it didn't go my way. That's why I love this game ... because of the challenge everytime you go out."

Josh Stevens came on to get Martires Castro to ground to short to end the game.

Reimers protected a 1-0 lead in the fifth after Castro reached third on a double and throwing error by Shannon Carter. Cash picked Castro off third to end the threat.

Reimers had a 2-0 lead and got out of more trouble in the sixth when Palmieri lined into an inning ending double play. Todd Kasper grounded into a second twin killing to end a two-on rally in the eighth.

Hagerstown (28-36, 62-72) got what proved to be the winning run in the eighth on consecutive two-out singles by Fagan, Cash and Kurt Keene off reliever Chris Humrich.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the second off starter Eric Charron (5-10) on doubles by Keene and Chivas Clark. They added a run in the sixth on Cash's sacrifice fly.

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