Suns fall back again

July 12, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

On Sunday, Francisco Liriano played for the World. On Thursday, the Hagerstown Suns starter must have felt like he was playing against it.

The Suns committed five errors - three in a three-run second inning - to waste one of Liriano's best outings of the year in a 8-0 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds.

"We weren't much help for him today," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "We had that bad inning when we shouldn't have given up any runs and we gave up three. That's as good as he's done this year. He's only a pup, but he has a chance to be something special."


Liriano, who represented the San Francisco organization on the World team againist the U.S. squad during the Futures Game in Milwaukee, struck out 10 in five innings while being victimized for five runs (one earned) on just four hits.

The Suns' inability to make routine plays came up and bit them in the second.

With two runners on and one out, Gary Cates hit a comeback grounder to Liriano, who turned and threw to Tomas Garrido for a force at second. Garrido elected to throw to first to attempt a double play and fired it into the stands for the error to allow Octavio Martinez to score the first run.

First baseman Tyler Von Schell followed with a fielding error on Adam Manley's grounder to score Cates and third baseman Julian Benavidez air-mailed a throw to score the third run.

Delmarva added two runs in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Rogers and Tripper Johnson. Johnson stole third and scored on Keith Anderson's wild throw to left field for a 5-0 lead, more than enough support for starter Corey Morris (3-0). Delmarva added three runs in the eighth.

The Suns managed five hits, including two by Robbie Meyer.

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Probable Starters:

Suns - Brion Treadway (0-2, 8.53)

Delmarva - Kurt Birkins (7-6, 3.38)

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