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.


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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