Suns' bats bat Bats out of Hagerstown

August 06, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

Ryan Sadowski used an odd countdown to victory on Thursday.

The Hagerstown right-hander kept the idea of five, three, won while waiting for the Suns to blast off to a victory.

Sadowski used his best start of the season to put his formula into action while the Suns teed off on Greensboro's bullpen in a rousing 16-1 victory to quench the thirst of 2,173 fans at Municipal Stadium.

"That was probably my best outing since my surgery last September," said Sadowski, who is coming back from brain surgery. "I know we are going to hit. If I can go out there and get five innings for a quality start and hold the other team to three runs or less, I know that we are going to score more than that."


Sadowski was right on the mark. He added one extra inning and held Greensboro two runs below the maximum to give all the quality Hagerstown needed. The Suns scored 13 runs - three inherited from starter Evan Greusel - on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings against the Bats' bullpen.

Tim Hutting, who greeted Greensboro's first reliever, Nathan Nowicki, with a three-run double, finished with five RBI - all in the last three innings - and four hits, while Travis Ishikawa drove in four runs on three hits, including three with a ninth-inning home run.

It was Hagerstown's best run production and most hits (19) in a game this season. The Suns scored 14 runs with two outs. Greensboro's bullpen finished with a 210.00 ERA for the game.

"It's been a real long year for Ryan, but it was great to see him pitch a great game tonight," said Hutting. "He was locating his fastball. That got everything going for us and it was because of him."

Sadowski (2-7) was masterful in his first win since May 14, which came in relief. He didn't allow a walk while striking out eight Bats. His only mistake was Ryan Bear's home run down the left-field line with two outs in the sixth.

"Sadowski didn't allow any walks and he had a lot of strike ones," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "He gave us a great six innings. ... It was, by far, his best outing."

Sadowski matched pitches with Greusel, who did all he could to keep the Bats in the game. It was a chess game until the Suns called checkmate.

"I had been getting behind in counts and then it was either give up the strike zone and get hits or not give it up and walk guys," Sadowski said. "I was getting my fastball over and that was it. Once I get ahead, I have confidence in my breaking stuff and I can put them away."

Hagerstown constructed three runs using 10 singles over Greusel's 5 2/3 innings. Jesse Schmidt and new addition Eduardo Martinez-Esteve - San Francisico's No. 2 pick in this year's draft - has sacrifice flies in the first and third for a 2-0 lead. Brent Swanson added an RBI single in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.

The fireworks came after Greusel tired with two outs and the bases loaded in the four-run sixth.

Hutting blew the game open with his double to left center and scored when Ishikawa doubled. Hutting, who singled in the first, added an RBI triple in the five-run seventh and an RBI single in the four-run eighth before Ishikawa's homer.

"You got to love being in the situation to come through for your team when you have the chance," Hutting said. "That's what you play for. My swing is coming together and I feel real comfortable. I was going for the home run in the eighth (to get the cycle). I had the pitch and just missed it."

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