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in the Box
Jeff Pearlman
May 24, 1999
May 15, 1999Cardinals 8, Dodgers 5
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May 24, 1999

In The Box

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May 15, 1999
Cardinals 8, Dodgers 5

The dodgers gladly traded an early-season loss for signs that Todd Hundley is healthy. Their beleaguered catcher, still trying to get on track after 1997 elbow surgery, caught Shawon Dunston trying to steal second in the sixth inning, only the fourth runner he'd thrown out this season. At week's end Hundley's 4-for-32 (12.5%) success rate was still fourth-worst in the league, but his arm was showing signs of life. After throwing out only two of the first 28 runners who tried to steal against him, Hundley had nailed two of his last four.

Hundley, who hit just .158 in April, also had awakened at the plate. He had gotten at least one hit in 10 of 12 games in May, including a 2-for-5 performance last Saturday, and raised his average to .252.