Suns' skid hits four

April 17, 2002

SALISBURY, Md. - Ruben Francisco drove in Trey Salinas on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth as the Delmarva Shorebirds beat the Hagerstown Suns 4-3 Tuesday night - their fourth straight win over the Suns.

Salinas singled to start the inning off Suns reliever Anthony Yacco (1-2). He advanced on a balk and a single, then scored on Francisco's long fly to center.

The Suns (6-7) got on the board in the top of the first when Bryan Carter walked, went to second on a passed ball and to third on the first of two throwing errors by Delmarva shortstop Bryan Bass. Carter scored on a fielder's choice by Derin McMains.

Hagerstown took a 2-0 lead in the second on Julian Benavidez's second home run of the year.

Delmarva (8-5) tied the score in the bottom of the inning on a two-run double and took the lead in the third on an Adam Manley RBI single.


The Suns came right back in the top of the fourth. Walker reached and went to second on Bass' second error and scored on Keith Anderson's RBI single.

Kurt Birkins (2-0) got the win for Delmarva, going five innings and striking out two.


Suns Today: at Delmarva

Time: 12:35 Radio: None

Probable Starters:

Suns - Ryan Hannaman (0-0, 3.68)

Delmarva - Ben Knapp (1-1, 3.48)

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