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Medina leads 'Cats past Suns

April 18, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Hagerstown Suns lived dangerously on Thursday.

They ignored the obvious.

The Charleston Alley Cats had Robbie Medina batting in the leadoff spot for a reason. It was a reason that eluded the Suns.

Medina ignited each Charleston rally, scoring four times, and the Alley Cats rode his momentum to a 10-1 victory over Hagerstown.

Medina drew two walks, led off with a triple and stroked a solo home run in the second inning to lead Charleston's 11-hit attack.

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Matt Cain (1-2) was blindsided by Medina out of the gates, leading to four runs in the first and a 5-0 deficit after two innings in what became a three-inning start.

Medina led off the game with a walk, took second when Mikel Jova was hit by a pitch and scored on Raoul Tablada's two-run double. Scott Dragicewich and Zin Zinsman followed with RBI hits for a 4-0 lead.

Medina's homer accounted for the fifth run in the second.

Medina drew a walk off reliever Josh Cram in the fourth and stole second before scoring on Jova's double, one of his three hits.

The Alley Cats (5-6) took a 10-0 lead in the fifth with four runs off Troy Ransom. After Medina led off with his triple, Jova, Justin Owens and Zinsman followed with RBI doubles around a Dragicewich run-scoring single.

The Suns got their only run in the seventh when Randy Walter drew a bases-loaded walk.

Hagerstown (5-7) lost its second straight game while striking out 13 times, seven by called strikes. First-base coach Willie Aviles was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

Charleston's D.J. Hanson (1-2) got the win with six innings of three-hit pitching with nine strikeouts..

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