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Rains adds to woe of struggling Suns

July 14, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Suns not only allowed Delmarva to cash in on Saturday, the even allowed the Shorebirds to keep the change.

Delmarva banked its first five runs on infield hits, errors and wild pitches as Hagerstown's offense accounts continued to look overdrawn Saturday in a 6-1 victory before 3,823 fans at Municipal Stadium.

"It was kind of nickel-and-dime stuff all night," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "The way they scored their runs, on infield singles, a wild pitch, what I thought was a passed ball and then an error allowed two more. It was just more of the same for us."

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More of the same is a third straight loss for the Suns (39-54) on a scrap heap which is now nine losses in the last 11 games.

And it came against Anthony Pannone, who had been Hagerstown's most reliable pitcher. But the right-hander's wildness contributed to his problems.

In the second, Octavio Martinez led off with a single that bounced off the third base bag. He advanced to second on a ground out and took third on the first of Pannone's three wild pitches, before scoring on Kyle Martin's infield single.

Gary Cates and Tripper Johnson each scored in the third on the strength of a single, walk, a hit batter, the first of three errors by third baseman Kevin Alexander and Pannone's other two wild pitches.

Cates' clubbed a two-run double in the sixth for a 5-0 lead.

Hagerstown finally broke through with a run in the eighth on consecutive singles by Derin McMains, Bryan Carter and Branden Florence, but left runners stranded on second and third.

The Suns managed just two runs on 13 hits in the final three games of the series, hitting a combined .148.

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