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Suns lose, but lose no ground in playoff chase

August 09, 2003

HICKORY, N.C. - Jonathan Albaladejo pitched seven solid innings and the Hickory Crawdads made an early lead stand up for a 4-3 win over the Hagerstown Suns in the South Atlantic League on Friday.

Hagerstown (58-55, 23-23) remains a half-game ahead of the Greensboro Bats and 1 1/2 games ahead of the Lexington Legends for the Northern Division Wild Card berth.

The Bats lost to South Georgia, while the Legends fell to Charleston, S.C., on Friday.

The Crawdads took a 4-0 lead in the first two innings, scoring all its runs off Suns starter Glen Woolard (6-8).

In the first, Chris Bass hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to score Matt Meath. Victor Mercedes scored on a double steal for a 2-0 Hickory lead.

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In the second, Taber Lee doubled and scored on Ryan Newman's single. Meath followed with a triple to plate Newman.

The Suns got on the board in the fourth when Brian Buscher drove in Carlos Sosa with a base hit.

Hagerstown cut the deficit to one in the fifth on A.J. Labarbera's two-run triple.

Hagerstown threatened with leadoff doubles in the sixth and seventh, runners on the corners and one out in the eighth, and runners on first and second with one out in the ninth before Carlos De Los Santos struck out Fred Lewis and Carlos Sosa to earn his eighth save of the season.

Erick Threets allowed just one hit in five innings of relief for the Suns, striking out four.

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