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Suns walk away with win

May 08, 2003|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

It wasn't the greatest of weather for a walk in the park Wednesday evening, but the Hagerstown Suns made the most of it.

Greensboro pitchers issued the Suns 15 bases on balls and Hagerstown scattered in enough hits to walk away with a 10-7 win over the Bats on a rainy night at Municipal Stadium.

The Suns (16-18) got at least one free pass in every inning, which dragged the pace of the game downward significantly. The start of the game was delayed 30 minutes and showers came and went throughout the game.

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"It never went fast," said Suns manager Mike Ramsey. "It feels better when you come out on top. To be out there for 3 1/2 hours and get beat ... a win kind of makes it good."

The win was still in question as late as the eighth inning, when the Bats (17-17) touched reliever Josh Cram for two runs to cut a three-run Suns lead to one at 8-7.

Hagerstown got some insurance in the bottom of the inning when Kevin Alexander drew a leadoff walk and Travis Ishikawa blasted a two-run homer to dead center for a 10-7 lead.

Matt Palmer pitched the ninth to pick up the save for the Suns, who have won five of their last six.

Officially, Alexander was 0-for-1 on the night, but the Suns' No. 5 hitter reached base in each of his five plate appearances, walking four times, while Fred Lewis, Derin McMains and Randy Walter each walked three times.

"The walks just kind of came. It was one of those things," Ramsey said. "You get that many walks, it's tough not to score some runs."

The Suns got two runs in the bottom of the first, using three walks from Greensboro starter Scott Olsen. Jason Columbus drove in the first run with a base hit, while Walter forced in a run with a base on balls.

Columbus was the only Hagerstown hitter with multiple hits, going 3-for-5 with two RBI.

The Bats got one back in the fourth, then took the lead in the fifth off Suns starter Matt Cain. With runners on first and second, Jeremy Hermida drilled a one-hopper that skipped off the edge of the pitcher's mound and over the head of Suns shortstop Aaron Hornostaj. Robert Andino scored and Kevin Randel went to third. Randel later scored on a passed ball for a 3-2 Greensboro lead.

The Suns came back in the bottom of the fifth, using two walks, a two-run single by Walter and an RBI groundout by Stephen Holm for a 5-3 edge.

After Greensboro tied the score in the top of the sixth - and heavier rains returned - the Suns got three in the bottom of the inning, helped along by four more walks.

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