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Suns work on chemistry experiment during rain

July 28, 2000

Suns work on chemistry experiment during rain



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


The Hagerstown Suns suffered through another rainout on Friday, but manager Rolando Pino couldn't decide if it was a good thing or a bad thing.

"I can't give you an answer. Ask me (Saturday)," Pino said.

It's hard to say which Suns team will show up today when they host the Charleston (W.Va.) Alley Cats in a doubleheader. Most of the players are new and consistent play has shown up as often as 90-degree days this July.

The game was called after a 2 hour, 5 minute rain delay after the Suns ground crew tried to get all the water to drain from the outfield. After fighting a 45-minute battle, more rain began to fall, postponing the game and the scheduled fireworks display, which was also moved to tonight.

Suns general manager David Blenckstone said the game was called because the area was being hit by rain that wasn't showing on radar. It made more sense to call the game than waste or injure players.

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The decision had Pino on both sides of the fence.

"I like playing, but you don't have control of the rain," Pino said. "But you don't want to go out there and get someone hurt or use our pitchers for nothing, so it was a good move.

"When you play in field conditions like this, it's a whole different game. The conditions have bearing on the game everyday, but when you play in a game in conditions like this, it really changes the way you play."

The rainout pushed back the debut of Suns starter Tyler Renwick, who was officially added to the Hagerstown roster on Thursday. Renwick was promoted from Queens in the New York-Penn League where he was 2-2 with a 2.55 ERA.

Outfielder Alvin Morrow also joined the Suns on Thursday. Morrow was acquired by Toronto on Wednesday in a trade with Milwaukee for catcher Kevin Brown.

The pair replaced outfielder Reed Johnson and pitcher Aaron Dean, who were promoted to Single-A Dunedin in the Florida State League.

Hagerstown has made 38 roster moves this season.

Saturday

Charleston (W.Va.) Alley Cats

Wes Obermueller (3-0, 1.17)

and Carlos Pichardo (2-4, 6.21)

at Hagerstown Suns

Tyler Renwick (0-0, 0.00)

and Travis Hubbel (8-5, 3.95)

Promotion: Bill Knight dollar bill night; General Motors fireworks

Time: 5

Radio: WHAG 1410

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