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Asheville rips hapless Suns

Asheville rips hapless Suns

April 25, 2002|BY BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

On one side, it was one of those games Hagerstown Suns manager Mike Ramsey expects from time to time.

On the other side, it was one of those games he can't accept.

Asheville punished Hagerstown's pitching for a total of 10 runs in the third and fourth innings, something that will happen from time to time. But the Suns offense was as noncommittal as a campaigning politician Wednesday in a 12-0 Businessman's Special loss.

"We didn't do well today," Ramsey said. "We didn't pitch well, we didn't locate the ball and gave up too many walks. We fell behind and they whacked the ball. That's going to happen. What has me wondering is what happened to us offensively. We shut down."

Starter Francisco Liriano (1-2) and reliever Josh Cram were caught in Asheville's onslaught, and the Suns (10-10) put up less resistance than an umbrella in a hurricane. Hagerstown's rearranged batting order managed just four singles - three in the final two innings - while striking out 13 times.

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"We lost a lot at the plate," Ramsey said. "We were taking a lot of good pitches and going after many on the borderline. As a group, we looked poor, and that was disappointing."

The Suns were forced to move Julio Cordido from the third to the second slot in the order after the loss of second baseman Darin McMains. McMains had his kneecap pop out and back into the socket while batting on Tuesday. MRI results were still pending, but Ramsey said the best-case scenario would sideline McMains from 4-to-6 weeks.

Suns Today: vs. Asheville Tourists

Time: 7 Radio: WHAG 1410

Probable Starters:

Suns - Petersen Benjamin (1-2, 2.93)

Asheville - Charles Merricks (1-1, 4.20)

Today's Promotion:

Thirsty Thursday, reduced-price soft drinks and draft beer throughout the park

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