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Multiple mistakes cost Suns

May 18, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

When it came down to it, a capital 'M' was all the difference in the world for the Hagerstown Suns.

There are mistakes and then there are Mistakes. And make no mistake about it, three Mistakes were Hagerstown's downfall on Monday.

Hagerstown starter Jesse Floyd delivered three pitches that were up in the strike zone and the Columbus Catfish connected on all of them, accounting for three home runs and five RBI in the first three innings of a 5-1 defeat before 889 fans at Municipal Stadium.

"Sometimes you get away with mistakes and sometimes you don't," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "They made (Floyd) pay on all of his and we didn't on their pitcher. We either missed them or fouled them off and that was the game."

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Luis Jiminez connected on a two-out, two-run homer in the first to give Columbus starter Zach Hammes a quick lead. Dominique Laurin led off the third with a home run to left and Matt Kemp added a two-run shot one out and a Chin-Lung Hu double later for all the Catfish needed for the win.

Hammes shut down the Suns (15-22) with seven innings of two-hit pitching without a walk while striking out six.

The Suns finally broke through in the eighth inning. Mike Wagner led off with a double off Omar De Los Santos and scored on Tim Hutting's one-out single. Pat Dobson drew a two-out walk to give the Suns a chance to come back, but the Catfish turned to Carlos Alvarez, who got Nate Schierholtz to fly to center to end the rally.

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