RedStixx stave off Suns, 7-6

August 08, 2002|by DAN KAUFFMAN

The Columbus RedStixx scored six runs off Hagerstown Suns starter Todd Uzzell in the first three innings, then held on for a 7-6 victory on Wednesday.

"We gave up too many runs early, obviously," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "(Uzzell) hung in and gave us five innings, but we were always battling from behind."

Rodney Choy Foo's two-run triple to the gap in left center gave Columbus (25-18 South Atlantic League second half) a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Brandon Florence's RBI single in the bottom half cut it to 2-1.


The RedStixx took a 3-1 lead in the second on Brian Kirby's triple and Armando Camacaro's RBI single. The Suns (17-29) again came back in the bottom half, tying the game at 3-3 on singles by Kevin Alexander and Robbie Meyer, Miguel Miranda's RBI double and Snoop McDowell's sacrifice fly.

But Columbus took the lead for good with a three-run third off Uzzell (2-5), as Miguel Quintana and Matt Knox doubled and Camacaro singled.

Hagerstown got to within 6-4 on Justin Knoedler's RBI infield single in the bottom of the third.

The RedStixx manufactered what turned out to be the winning run in the sixth, when Ivan Ochoa reached on an infield single, stole second, went to third on catcher Knoedler's throwing error and scored on J.J. Sherrill's broken-bat single for a 7-4 lead.

The Suns scored in the bottom of the sixth on Derin McMains' RBI double, and in the seventh on Meyer's RBI single. But Hagerstown failed to push across the tying run late.

"We did a lot of good things offensively," Ramsey said. "We were just one hit away. We hung around the whole game. We just couldn't get on top."

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