Delmarva's Achilles gets Suns to heel

June 23, 1998

SALISBURY, Md. - Matt Achilles continued to have his way with the Hagerstown Suns by allowing two hits over seven innings Monday as the Delmarva Shorebirds coasted to a 11-0 victory.

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Achilles (5-2) pitched a no-hitter against Hagerstown earlier this sesason. The loss was the worst of the season for the Suns.

But this time, Achilles cooled off the Suns, who had won 20 of its last 23 games heading into Monday.

The victory puts Delmarva, Hagerstown and Cape Fear in a three-way tie for first place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division second-half race.

As good as Achilles was was how bad the Suns were.

Hagerstown committed three errors which resulted in seven unearned runs.

The Suns proved to be most generous in the fourth inning when two Chris Hayes' errors resulted in six unearned runs against starter Isabel Giron (7-6).


The Shorebirds needed only three hits in the inning to chase Giron, who leads the SAL in earned run average.

Delmarva added a single run in the fifth and four runs in the eighth to cap the rout. Roberto Rivera homered in the eighth.

Richard Paz and Eddy Martinez each drove in two runs for the Shorebirds.

Giron gave way to Anthony Salley, who recorded one of his better outings of the season. Salley fired 3 1/3 innings of relief, allowing just one run on one hit while striking out four.

Hagerstown didn't get any base runners past second base. Vernon Wells had the Suns only extra-base hit, a two-out double in the fifth.

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