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New problem costly for Suns

August 02, 2000

New problem costly for Suns



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


Just when you think it can't get any worse for the Hagerstown Suns.

First, they don't hit. Then, they don't hit with runners in scoring position. Then, Hagerstown's pitchers have trouble holding leads. And finally, the Suns' defense is taking a holiday.

What else can happen? How about pitchers not keeping the Suns in games because they fail to play defense ... that's new.

Hagerstown's freefall in the South Atlantic League standings took a creative turn as the same hum-drum errors led to three Delmarva runs on Wednesday - including three insurance scores in the ninth inning - as the Shorebirds took a 5-1 victory over the eclipsing Suns.

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For the third time in the last six games, a pitcher's error opened the door for the opponent as Josh Stevens (4-4) turned a creditable spot start into a charitable one. Stevens' third-inning throwing error led to two unearned runs.

"Our defense let us down again," Suns manager Rolando Pino said. "But if you don't score runs, you aren't going to win either. In the last three or four games, it's been our pitchers who have been making the errors though."

In the last six games, the pitchers have accounted for four errors leading to nine unearned runs. As a team, Hagerstown (14-24, 48-60) has committed 16 errors that led to 19 unearned runs.

"We aren't getting a lot of breaks lately," Pino said.

The Suns haven't made many for themselves either.

The usual saga of no hits with runners on base continued. In this case, Hagerstown never got a runner to third base; the only run come in the eighth on Jaime Goudie's solo home run.

home run.

Stevens did his job for four innings while filling the spot in the rotation. His downfall after Mike Seistadt led off the third with a double. With one out, Stevens fired Antoine Ide's bunt down the right field line to score the first run. Ray Cabrera followed with a single up the middle for the 2-0 lead.

The score remained through the seven innings of work by Delmarva starter Randy Perez (9-7), who shutout the Suns on five hits. Hagerstown's Hugo Castellanos added four innings of one-hit pitching to keep the Suns in the game.

After Goudie's homer, Justin Stine allowed three insurance runs in the ninth, with the help of a throwing error by third baseman Sean Fagan. Wes Rachels doubled home one run while Gary Cates drew a bases-loaded walk and Seestedt singled to bring in the others.

Today

  • Delmarva Shorebirds
  • Jancy Andrade (6-5, 5.46)

    at Hagerstown Suns

  • Tyler Renwick (1-0, 3.38)
  • Promotion: Reduced-price beverages throughout the park
  • Time: 7
  • Radio: WHAG 1410
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