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Suns left out in rain during loss to RedStixx.

Suns left out in rain during loss to RedStixx.

August 06, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

A lot of factors really bit about Monday's game for the Hagerstown Suns.

The intermittent rain. The inopportune delay in the bottom of the seventh inning. The inability to complete a rally in the ninth.

Manager Mike Ramsey overlooked the intangibles that resulted in a 5-4 loss to the Columbus RedStixx. Instead, he was more concerned with what could be best called a self-inflicted wound.

Ramsey found himself second-guessing his decision to replace starter Anthony Pannone with right-hander Leiby Guzman in the seventh inning instead of opting a left-hander to face left-handed swinging Jason Cooper. Cooper trumped Ramsey's move with a two-run double that broke a 3-3 tie.

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"The seventh inning was tough for me ... it bit me a bit," Ramsey said. "I thought Guzzy could get him. I have been using our lefties a lot lately. So instead of going lefty vs. lefty, we gave up the double."

Still, it was a loss of a game that Pannone and the Suns controlled but couldn't finish off as the changing weather changed the completion of the game.

Field conditions deteriorated in a steady rain as Pannone (7-8) was touched for two runs in the sixth and put the runners on in the seventh that scored on Cooper's double.

Hagerstown made a bid to get back in the game in the bottom of the seventh against reliever Carlos De La Cruz (5-1) as Kevin Alexander led off with a double before the game was halted.

The Suns came back and went down in order to lose the chance to tie early.

Hagerstown rallied in the ninth as Mickey Miranda led off with his third single of the night followed by one-out hits by Alexander and Branden Florence to bring the Suns within a run. That was as close as it got.

"We finished the game and got nine innings in" Ramsey said. "We had a shot with two on and one out with our No. 4 and No. 5 hitters coming up ... but it didn't happen."

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