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Alexander's great in Suns' win

May 15, 2001

Alexander's great in Suns' win



Lexington Legends


TBA

at Hagerstown Suns


Felix Diaz (1-3, 4.20)

7 p.m

WHAG 1410



LAKEWOOD, N.J. - To say Kevin Alexander has started the season slowly for the Hagerstown Suns would be an understatement.

Through 37 games the third baseman had fared well with his glove but had only five RBI. Finally, Monday against the Lakewood BlueClaws, Alexander's bat came to life.

He hit his first home run of the season and double his RBI output for the season with five as Hagerstown continued its dominance over the expansion franchise, scoring a 10-2 victory in a South Atlantic League Northern Division game. The Suns, a Single-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are 6-2 against Lakewood, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Hagerstown (20-18) scored three runs in the second inning against Lakewood. Two walks and a single by Bryan Carter loaded the bases for Alexander's first at-bat. He singled to left field knocking in two runs. Jason Ellison had an RBI groundout later in the inning.

The Suns doubled their advantage in the fourth inning. Dan Trumble, who had three hits, two RBI and four runs scored, led off with a single. Alexander followed with his first home run of the season, giving Hagerstown a 5-0 lead. Tomas Garrido then singled and eventually scored on an infield error for a 6-0 advantage.

To that point, Hagerstown starting pitcher Jeff Clark (5-2) had cruised. He retired the first nine batters he faced. In Lakewood's fourth, Clark faltered slightly allowing two earned runs.

Clark, who had only one run of support in his last three starts, buckled down going seven innings, striking out four and allowing five hits. Chris Jones pitched two innings of one-hit relief.

Meanwhile, Hagerstown continued its offensive onslaught. The Suns scored in the fifth inning when Trumble and Alexander connected on back-to-back doubles.

In the seventh inning, Trey Lunsford led off with a walk. One out later, Trumble hit his second home run of the series and fifth on the season giving Hagerstown an 9-2 lead.

The Suns added a run in the eighth on another Lakewood error.

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