All the trappings of home

May 04, 2001

All the trappings of home

Suns break five-game losing streak behind Wilfong's big night



Delmarva Shorebirds

Matt Tate (1-1, 4.34)

at Hagerstown Suns

Jeff Clark (4-1, 1.67)

Time: 7

Radio: WHAG 1410

Nick Wilfong didn't wait for Hagerstown's Welcome Wagon to pull up to his door.


He decided to go out on his own and make his own introductions ... Delmarva Shorebirds, meet Louisville Slugger. Louisville Slugger, beat Delmarva Shorebirds.


Wilfong ripped the second pitch he had ever seen at Municipal Stadium over the right center field fence for a two-run home run for the first of his three RBI Thursday to lead the Suns to a 5-2 victory in his Hagerstown home debut.

"I just put a good swing and the ball," Wilfong said. "It was good to get home and to see the park ... I like it. This was a big win for us."

Wilfong, who was sent to the Suns from San Jose on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C., gave Hagerstown a much-needed jolt with the home run and a sacrifice fly. The designated hitter's second homer capped a three-run first for the Suns (13-14) and started the end of a five-game losing streak.

Jason Ellison led off with a double off Delmarva starter Sandy Rleal (1-2) and took third on a wild pitch before scoring on Deivi Santos' one-out grounder to second. After Trey Lunsford rolled a single to left, Wilfong connected on Rleal's second pitch and sent it into the corner of the Suns' bullpen for the 3-0 lead.

"It's a fastball over the plate ... it's what everyone wants," Wilfong said. "I like the way this park is set up. I like to hit to right center field and the ball seems to carry well there."

The Suns gave two runs back to the Shorebirds in the second. Mamon Tucker drew a leadoff walk off Hagerstown starter Boof Bonser and was followed by a one-out single by Mike Seestedt. Manny Del Rosario hit a sinking liner to left that Bryan Carter missed on a diving attempt, turning it into a two-run triple.

Hagerstown got the run back on a single by Santos and double by Lunsford before Wilfong's sacrifice fly to left center for a 4-2 lead.

"We came out swinging the bats today and Bonser made the pitches he needed when he had to," Suns manager Bill Hayes said. "We hit well in situations today. The three runs takes the pressure off the pitcher."

Bonser (3-1) finished with five innings of two-hit pitching with two walks and six strikeouts. Julio Pavon allowed one hit in three innings before Jackson Markert came on for his sixth save.

Carter gave the Suns an insurance run in the eighth with a leadoff homer to right.

"Lately, we've been struggling to get a hit," Hayes said. "If we can relax in the situations - with one out and with two outs - and just hit the ball. It's like Santos. He got the ball on the ground to the right side. He hit it hard and it scored a run."

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