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Suns, 'Fish rained out

May 16, 2004

Just about the time the Columbus Catfish and the Hagerstown Suns were getting serious, they had to weather an interruption. The weather.

Heavy rain halted Saturday's game in the bottom of the second inning with two outs and the score tied at 1-1 at Municipal Stadium. The game was called after a 45-minute delay and will be finished today as part of a doubleheader, beginning at 12:35 p.m.

The tied game will be picked up with Tim Hutting at first, and Brian Munhall at second and Jon Coutlangus due to bat. It will remain a nine-inning game with the nightcap - which will start 30 minutes following the completion of the suspended game - to be seven innings.

Columbus left a runner on third in the first inning before taking a 1-0 lead on Suns starter Juan Serrato in the second. Xavier Paul led off with a triple down the right-field line and scored on Alejandro De Aza's one-out grounder to second.

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The Suns bounced back in the bottom of the inning. Jonathan Armitage drew a leadoff walk from Columbus starter Paul Sobkow and scored on Jay Knowlton's triple to right-center field.

With one out, Knowlton was gunned down at the plate on Munhall's fielder's-choice grounder to third. Munhall moved to second when Hutting walked, right before the umpires stopped the game.

Before the game, the Suns placed catcher Dayton Buller on the disabled list and received catcher Brian Anderson as his replacement. Buller snapped his right index finger Friday while trying to throw out a Columbus runner at second. He was hit in the hand by a foul tip on the pitch before the steal attempt.

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