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Salt Lake title hopes get stung

I-Cubs clinch title as Stingers suffer 3rd straight loss

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DES MOINES, Iowa — After 148 days in first place, the Salt Lake Stingers saw their hopes of a 2001 Pacific Central League Central Division title end on a double play Sunday, as the Iowa Cubs edged the Stingers 4-3.

Down 4-2 heading into the ninth inning, Salt Lake City tried to rally by stringing together three straight one-out singles by Jose Fernandez, Chris Pritchett and Scott Morgan to pull to within one run. Trent Durrington then went after the first pitch from reliever Scott Chiasson and grounded into the game ending 6-4-3 double play.

Roosevelt Brown was the hitting star for Iowa, with a pair of home runs off of Salt Lake starter Brian Cooper (12-8). Brown hit one in the bottom of the first with one man on to put the I-Cubs up 2-1. After the Stingers tied it in the fifth on a run scoring single by Jamie Burke, Brown was given the green light on a 3-0 pitch in the sixth and hit it off the scoreboard in rightfield to put Iowa back in front.

Joe Borowski (8-7) picked up the win for Iowa, allowing two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

NOTES: The save for Chiasson was his tenth in eleven appearances since being called up from double-A where he had 24 saves . . . The Stingers still have one more game left in the 2001 season Monday afternoon (12:05 p.m. on AM-1230), with Scot Shields going for Salt Lake City.