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Shorebirds rain on Suns' night

July 31, 2000

Shorebirds rain on Suns' night



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


Lately, there has been enough rain to turn Municipal Stadium into an island.

That wouldn't be anything new for the Hagerstown Suns because their defense had already left them marrooned a long time ago.

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Delvarva scored eight runs - five unearned thanks to a Shawn Fagan error - in the first inning and turned back Hagerstown despite some early outbursts of its own for a 13-7 victory on Monday which was shortened to 7 1/2 innings by rain.

The storm couldn't have come early enough for the Suns (14-22, 48-58). They were in over their heads before the game even started.

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"Our defense failed us again today," Suns manager Rolando Pino said. "It has been terrible for the last two days. We had four errors on the scoreboard tonight, but just like yesterday, it could have easily been seven or eight. We made too many mistakes."

Peter Bauer struggled in the start, facing 10 batters and only lasting two-thirds of an inning. But the killer came with runners on first and second and one out and a run in when Napolean Calzado hit a hot, two-hop grounder to Fagan at third, who knocked it down but failed to make a play as the bases became loaded.

Delmarva broke the game open with Wes Rachels' run-scoring single and Mamon Tucker's two-run hit to move to a 4-0 lead. Gary Cates hit a sacrifice fly to left which would have been the third out of the inning, but the bobble prolonged the inning allowing Delmarva to send 13 men to the plate.

"If we make a play and turn that (error) into a double play, we're out of the just trailing (1-0)," Pino said. "Sure, Bauer struggled. But if you are in the game and only down (one) run, anything can happen."

Hagerstown came back with a run in the first and five in the second to climb within 8-6 as Fagan drove in runs in each of the first two innings and Jimmy Alvarez had a two-run double. But Delmarva picked up three runs in the third with the help of two errors by first baseman Kurt Keene to all but put the game away.

Sean Jones (7-2), the third of four Delmarva pitchers, threw three innings of three-hit relief to get the win. Leadoff man Willie Harris had three hits and three RBI for the Shorebirds.

Fagan finished with four hits and three RBI for the Suns.

"We are not that good so we can't afford to make so many physical and mental mistakes and expect to win games ... let alone stay in them," Pino said.

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