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Suns clawed by Alley Cats

August 26, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Hagerstown scored first with a pair of runs in the third inning but the Charleston Alley Cats clawed back with 10 unanswered runs to flatten the Suns, 10-2, on Monday night to further dampen their Wild Card hopes in the Northern Division South Atlantic League playoffs.

The Suns (30-32 second half) are still five games behind the Lexington Legends with seven games left on the schedule and face a magic number of four toward elimination. Lexington lost to Delmarva on Monday, 8-2.

Hagerstown scored off Charleston starter Ismael Ramirez (6-5) when Freddie Lewis drove in Randy Walter on a fielder's choice. Walter had reached on a two-base error and advanced to third on an infield single by Jake Wald, who eventually moved to third and scored when Kevin Alexander hit an RBI single.

Brad Hennessey (3-9) could not hold the lead as the Alley Cats tied the game, 2-2, in the fourth inning on a pair of singles and a two-run double by Jose Salas.

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Hennessey then allowed three runs in the fifth as the floodgates opened with an error by Wald, followed by a walk, a balk and another walk to fill the bases. Justin Owens delivered a sacrifice fly and David Corrente had an RBI single, which was followed by a fielding error at second by Kevin Kelly to allow another run.

Hagerstown, despite only four hits for the game, had opportunities in the eighth inning to close the 5-2 gap with a pair of runners and the tying run at the plate, but Brian Buscher flied out to end the potential threat.

After a pair of perfect relief innings from Billy Sadler, Hagerstown's Scott Munter was roughed up for five runs in the bottom of the eighth.

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