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Suns led by sum of parts

Hagerstown wins, but may lose 2B McMains for year

Hagerstown wins, but may lose 2B McMains for year

April 24, 2002|BY BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

It took an arm and a leg, but it resulted in a win for the Hagerstown Suns.

Starting pitcher Ryan Hannaman's left arm kept Asheville in check through five innings while the Suns found some late offense to pound out a 7-1 victory, but may have lost second baseman Derin McMains to a serious knee injury in the process.

Hannaman detained the Tourists (9-10) with one run on five hits while walking two and striking out eight over five innings. He left with a 2-1 lead after pitching, by far, his most effective stint of the season.

"Tonight I felt good," Hannaman said. "My catcher (Keith Anderson) called a great game. My arm had been feeling tired after spring training but today I felt like I had good stuff."

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Hannaman struck out the side in the first. After the Suns scored in the second on a bases-loaded walk to Leonel Cabrera, Hannaman (2-0) used his defense to hold off Asheville.

"(Hannaman) threw well tonight," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "He got off to a good start when he stuck out the side, but I don't know if that set the tone for the game. It gave him something to build off of. He seemed to be stronger in the fifth to me."

Hannaman allowed a leadoff homer to Bryan Peck to open the fourth and tie the game before Nick Gretz singled and Alvin Colina walked, but retired the next three to get out of harm's way.

"I got in trouble in the (fourth) because I started to nit and pick around the plate," Hannaman said. "(Pitching coach Ross Grimsley) told me I was doing it and I went out and threw the ball like I did to start the game."

The Suns (10-9) regained a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Julio Cordido had a one-out single and took third on Tyler Van Schell's double before scoring on a wild pitch.

The mood of the game changed in the sixth with the McMains' at-bat. With a 3-1 count, the second baseman took a cut at a Greg Moore pitch and immediately crumpled to the ground. It appeared his spikes stuck in the batter's box during the swing, causing him to injure his left knee.

"We can only hope for the best and get every doctor we can to check him out," Ramsey said. "It's not good to lose a player like that. We really need him. He's a big part of everything we've done in a positive fashion."

Miguel Miranda replaced McMains and drew a walk in the at-bat to put two runners on with two outs, setting the table for a two-run double by Cordido to blow the game open for a 4-2 lead.

Mark Walker broke out his slump with a three-run homer in seventh to turn the game into a rout.

It was heavily taped after the game while McMains' awaited a doctor's examination.

Ramsey said it would be 24 hours before the Suns would know the severity of the injury.

Suns Today: vs. Asheville Tourists

Time: 1Radio: None

Probable Starters:

Suns - Francisco Liriano (1-1, 3.27)

Asheville - Justin Hampson (2-0, 1.59)

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