Brooks leaves Suns babbling

July 18, 2000

Brooks leaves Suns babbling

KANAPOLIS, N.C. - Pitcher Frank Brooks kept Hagerstown on its current downswing Tuesday by firing a five-hit shutout to lead Piedmont to a 4-0 blanking of the Suns.

It was the sixth straight loss for the Suns (10-14, 44-50), who continued to be mired in a team-wide offensive slump. Hagerstown has scored only four runs in the last five games on 26 hits, including 20 singles. It has been held scoreless for 13 straight innings.

Josh Stevens started for Hagerstown in place of Travis Hubbel, who began his three-day suspension for his part in July 9's bench-clearing brawl. Manager Rolando Pino served the fourth day of his five-game suspension.

Brooks (9-4) shut down the Suns on three walks and two strikeouts with the help of three double plays for his second complete game.


In the eighth, with runners on first and third, Shawn Pearson hit into a 6-4-3 double play to strand a runner and the Suns were double off after getting the leadoff man on in the ninth.

Piedmont (17-9, 64-33) took a 2-0 lead on Stevens in the first as Jim Sitzman led off with a double and took third on Julio Collazo's sacrifice before scoring on Marlon Byrd's triple. Nate Espy followed with a single for the second run.

The Boll Weevils added a run in the third on back-to-back doubles off Stevens by Collazo and Byrd.

Piedmont closed the scoring in the eighth of Dana Reece. Callazo walked and took second on a passed ball before scoring on a single by Espy.


  • Hagerstown Suns
  • Matt Ford (5-3, 3.67)

    at Piedmont Boll Weevils

  • Ryan Madson (8-4, 3.00)
  • Time: 7
  • Radio: WHAG 1410
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