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Suns' Martinez-Esteve, Ishikawa get promoted

August 20, 2004

The Hagerstown Suns' batting order took on the look of a doughnut on Thursday.

That's because there is now a hole in the middle.

The San Francisco Giants promoted first baseman Travis Ishikawa and outfielder Eddy Martinez-Esteve to the Single-A San Jose Giants in the California League, giving both highly regarded prospects a chance to advance in the farm system.

Martinez-Esteve ended a brief stay with Hagerstown, joining the Suns on Aug. 4. Martinez-Esteve, San Francisco's top pick in this year's amateur draft, was hitting .213 with 11 RBI in 13 games in Hagerstown.

Ishikawa completes his second stint with the Suns, leaving with a .257 batting average in 98 games. He had 15 home runs and 54 RBI, but struck out 110 times. Ishikawa, a highly regarded first baseman, started in Hagerstown in 2003, but was demoted when he struggled at the plate.

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The Suns received outfielder Zach Strong from San Jose.

Meanwhile, the Suns will greet their 3-millionth fan ever to enter Municipal Stadium's gates before tonight's game with Charleston (W.Va.)

The winning fan will receive a prize package valued at more than $1,120.

The Hagerstown Suns, in their 24th season of baseball at Municipal Stadium, are 384 fans short of reaching the milestone.

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