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Bateman, Suns hold off Cats

May 06, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Joe Bateman pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief Wednesday to help make the Hagerstown Suns' four-run fourth inning stand up for an 8-6 win over the Charleston Alley Cats.

The Suns used six singles in the fourth inning to come back from a 4-3 deficit. Bateman (2-1) came on to replace ineffective starter Juan Serrato and kept Charleston, the South Atlantic League's Northern Division leaders, off the scoreboard.

Bateman bounced back in his first appearance since allowing a walkoff three-run homer against Hickory on Monday. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out six on Wednesday.

Hagerstown (10-14) led 3-0 after 1 1/2 innings but Charleston regained the lead by the end of third.

Jesse Schmidt, Tim Hutting, Jonathan Armitage and Jay Knowlton all had RBI single in the fourth.

Tim Alvarez allowed an unearned run in the ninth inning but preserved the victory for his fifth save in the last six games.

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Nate Schierholtz reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and two walks while Hutting added two hits and walked twice.

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