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Suns grab monopoly on mistakes

May 22, 2002|BY BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Suns left everything up to chance on Tuesday.

As it turned out, the Suns gave Kannapolis more "Get out of the batter's box free" cards than one team should be allowed while putting themselves in jail.

Hagerstown committed five errors which led to six unearned runs and a long night of defenseless defense in a 6-2 loss to the Intimadators.

"We didn't play defense well enough to give ourselves a chance," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "We pitched well today but we gave them too many chances and we didn't give ourselves a chance to stay in the game."

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The Suns (20-26) punched the self-destruct button, and starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (2-3) was buried in the fallout. Liriano went 5 2/3 innings and allowed only two hits while striking out seven, but was nicked with five unearned runs to get the loss. Johnny Santamarina benefited from the extra opportunities with four RBI, including a game-breaking three-run homer in the sixth.

Kannapolis (22-24) got its first two complimentary runs in the second, when Darren Ciraco walked and moved around to third when Eric Storey and Jonathan Cavin reached on consecutive infield fielding errors by Kevin Alexander and Julian Benavidez to load the bases.

Gustavo Molina lofted a fly to left which should have been the third out, but it turned into a sacrifice fly because of the errors. Santamarina followed with an RBI groundout to stake starter Tim Bittner (2-5) with a 2-0 lead.

Kannapolis wasn't exactly flawless in field either - committing four errors of its own - but the Suns managed only four hits and never took advantage of the extra offensive life.

The Suns got a run back in the fifth as Alexander drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches before Branden Florence doubled to left.

A pair of two-out errors in the sixth by Alexander - giving him three for the game - allowed Santamarina to come up and deliver a towering homer just inside the right field foul pole to chase Liriano with the 5-1 deficit.

"The sixth inning was the killer," Ramsey said. "We had two outs and Francisco was throwing the ball well with the lefty we wanted up and he got the homer when he shouldn't have ever got the chance in the first place."

The Suns got one of the runs back in the sixth on Leonel Cabrera's sacrifice fly but gave it back in the seventh when Mike Spidale scored on a passed ball for the final unearned run.

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