Suns' late heroics keep fans around

April 10, 2002|BY BOB PARASILITI

The Hagerstown Suns may be the best thing for business for Municipal Stadium.

If Monday's home opener was any indication. The Suns flashed solid defense and good starting pitching for the most part. And while the play of those two parts of the game could bring fans to the edge of their seats, the offense is like a sedative.

Hagerstown's bats have a habit of waiting until late in the game to do their damage. That gives fans the chance to get a couple of hot dogs, buy a drink and a few souvenirs before the Suns decide to rally. Fans have to stick around if they want to see the Suns win.

"I don't know why it's happening," said Suns manager Mike Ramsey, after Tuesday's game was postponed by rain. "It's just one of those things that we have done. We haven't been getting off to good starts. It takes a couple of times around the batting order for us to come alive. It's indiciative of a team that battles and makes adjustments."


The Suns have scored 29 runs in the first five games but only five in the first five innings. The sixth, eighth and ninth innings have been particular favorites for Hagerstown to rally, including nine runs in the sixth and eight in the eighth.

It might be just that the Suns are tailored for excitment.

"The key is our starting pitching and defense," Ramsey said. "When you have those, it allows you to hang around and stay in games. We hang around and keep battling. These guys were a comeback team last year and they believe they can do that all the time. The problem is the time will come when you can't."

Suns Today: DH vs. Charleston (W.Va.)

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Probable Suns Starters:

Game 1 - Brian Burres (0-1, 11.25)

Game 2 - Julio Pavon (0-1, 7.71)

Probable Alley Cats Starters:

Game 1 - Dustin McGowan (0-1, 9.00)

Game 2 - TBA

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