Errors of Cats' ways aid Suns

April 21, 2003

CHARLESTON W.Va. - The Hagerstown Suns continue to make noise with their bats, but still need errors to score runs.

For the second straight game, Hagerstown had double-digit hits, but needed the help of Charleston Alley Cats' errors to pull out a victory. This time it was an unearned run in the 13th inning to score Karl Jurnigan with the winning run Sunday for a 6-5 victory and a split of the four-game series.

Hagerstown (7-8) scored 13 runs and had 27 hits in the last two games, but five Charleston helped account for nine unearned runs.

The Suns led 5-0 after 2 1/2 innings but Charleston fought back and tied the score by the sixth inning.

Jurnigan, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the 11th, led off the 13th with an infield single off of Adam Peterson (0-1).


He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jake Wald and scored on Jason Columbus' grounder that first baseman Nom Siriveaw booted for the Alley Cats' fourth error.

Matt Palmer pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to earn his second win of the season.

Hagerstown scored three runs in the first and added two in the second to support starter Merkin Valdez.

Carlos Sosa drove in two runs while Travis Ishikawa and Columbus, who finished with three hits, brought in one each.

Valdez allowed three runs on five hits while striking out 8 in 5 1/3 innings.

The Cats tied the game in the fifth on a two-run single by David Corrente and a 50-foot single by Rodney Medina to score Willie Rivera.

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