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Crawdads ruin Suns' Giant debut

April 06, 2001

Crawdads ruin Suns' Giant debut



Hagerstown Suns

Jeff Carter (0-0 0.00)

at Hickory Crawdads

Carlos De Los Santos

(0-0 0.00)

Time: 7

Radio: WHAG 1410



HICKORY, N.C. - The new era of Hagerstown baseball resembled the old one just a little on Thursday.

The Suns committed three errors, including two by the pitchers, to drop a 2-1 decision to Hickory in the season opener and debut as the Single-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

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The affiliation changed and so did the uniform colors, but the costly mistakes of 2000, when Hagerstown played for Toronto, stayed the same.

Hickory took a 1-0 lead in the first when reliever Jeremy Cunningham took a comeback grounder from Domingo Cuello and fired it in the ground at first for an error. Ray Navarette, who went 2-for-3, followed with a double to left-center to drive in the run.

Navarette started Hickory's other rally in the seventh by virtue of reaching on an error by first baseman Delvi Santos. Navarette was erased on a botched sacrifice bunt by Edwin Yan.

Will Malerich replaced Cunningham and lasted one hitter, plunking Aron Weston. Wesley Faust came on and promptly fired a pickoff throw to second into center field, moving Yan to third before he scored on a Jeremy Cotten groundout.

The errors wasted a creditable start by Hagerstown's Boof Bonser, who struck out five in four innings. Hickory starter Sean Burnett (1-0) won with 6 1/3 innings work, striking out six and walking one.

The Suns scored in the eighth when Elliot Strankman reached on an infield single and stole second before scoring on Bryan Gann's double.

Gann had two of Hagerstown's five hits.

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