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Suns never hit their stride

August 12, 1999

Baisley throws no-hitter vs. Suns

Suns vs. Boll WeevilsBy BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

photo: MARLA BROSE / staff photographer




Brad Baisley found a great way to turn enemies into friends.

Throw a no-hitter ... even if it was against the Hagerstown Suns.

The Piedmont starter mowed down the Suns, facing just four batters over the minimum on Thursday, to lead the Boll Weevils to a 3-0 victory and the first complete-game no-hitter at Municipal Stadium since the Suns came to Hagerstown in 1981.

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Baisley's 134-pitch performance not only mesmerized the Suns in their tracks - as proven by his 12 strikeouts - it won over the 1,265 fans who applauded graciously before charging to the box seats on the third-base side to get the autograph of the sudden star.

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"They were all yelling at me during the game and now they want me to sign autographs," Baisley said. "But that's all right."

The loss was the fifth in six games for the Suns (71-46, 23-23) and drops them into a three-way tie with Delmarva and Cape Fear for first place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division's second-half race.

But that was the least of Suns manager Rolando Pino's problems as the Suns continued to strike out often and miss clutch hit opportunities. Only Thursday, it was beyond Hagerstown's control.

"That was a tremendous job. It was a great performance," Pino said of Baisley. "He got a head of us and finished us off. We only hit one ball hard against him all night."

Piedmont (58-58, 22-23) did all the scoring in the first against hard-luck loser Taylor Smith (7-7).

Smith surrendered a two-out single to Alejandro Giron and walks to Eric Schreimann and Shayne Carnes to load the bases. Jeremy Salazar followed by lacing a base-clearing double down the right field line.

Baisley (10-7) set the Suns down in order in six innings, including the last 10 batters he faced. On many of the 12 strikeouts, the Suns were clueless on picking up the pitch.

Hagerstown's only threats came in the third and sixth innings, the only two innings where Suns' runners reached second. Jorge Nunez hit into a double play to end the third and Orlando Hudson struck out in the sixth.

"My two-seamer (fastball) was doing really well," he said. "The catcher was setting up on the outside of the plate and the ball was diving over. I got some good calls from the ump, too."

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