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Suns curb 'Dogs to end streak

April 23, 2004

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Hagerstown Suns manager Mike Ramsey said it couldn't last forever.The Suns were on a long losing streak - eight games heading into Thursday - but one day, they were going to start hitting again.

That one day came Thursday, at least for one day. Hagerstown banged out a season-high 14 hits and scored the first six runs of the game en route to a 7-1 victory over the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs to end the two-week slide.

Travis Ishikawa and Jonathan Armitage had three hits each to pace the attack. Ishikawa drove in both runs in the fourth inning with his first home run of the season to give the Suns (3-8) a 3-0 lead.

Hagerstown won its first two games of the season in Lexington, before dropping the last two games of that series and all four games to Charleston (W.Va.) in its home-opening homestand. The Suns lost the first two games of their current eight-game roadtrip.

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Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead in the second off Charleston starter and loser Tony Peguero (1-1) when Armitage led off with a double down the left-field line. Two outs later, Ishikawa rolled an infield single to the right of the infield that second baseman Jason St. Clair threw away, allowing the run.

The Suns upped the lead to 6-0 in the fifth after Jesse Schmidt walked and Nate Schierholtz singled. Armitage rolled another infield single that Peguero picked up and fired down the third base line, allowing two runs to score. Pat Dobson followed with an RBI single.

Suns starter Jesse English cruised through the first four innings until Aneudi Cuevas singled to break up the no-hitter. English left after 4 1/3 innings of work for Christopher George, who served up an RBI double to St. Clair to put the RiverDogs on the board.

The Suns closed the scoring in the seventh when Schmidt doubled and scored on a triple by Armitage.

George (1-0) took the win in relief.

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