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Suns' play is for the 'Birds

July 06, 2007|By BOB PARASILITI

It was a game that defied description.

In fact, the only words that could have been used were all four-lettered and probably unable to be printed here.

But Delmarva left the Hagerstown Suns talking - probably muttering or babbling - to themselves after unloading a 20-6 shellacking on a soggy Thirsty Thursday crowd at Municipal Stadium.

It was probably a good thing they were serving inexpensive beer. Some senses needed to be dulled after this one.

The Shorebirds came out swinging after a 55-minute rain delay and didn't stop for the next three hours to hand the Suns (3-11) their third straight loss.

Delmarva put up season highs of 20 runs and 27 hits as the bottom line. And this came from a Shorebirds team which was no-hit by Lake County on Tuesday. Delmarva hit four home runs and posted a nine-run seventh just for good measure as Hagerstown's pitching had trouble getting anyone out.

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Delmarva catcher Victor Castillo went 5-for-5 with two RBI, including his first extra-base hit of the season with a two-run double in the seventh. Brandon Snyder finished with four hits, including a grand slam in the seventh for all four of his RBIs. Tommy Davison and Rowell drove in three runs each.

And as if the Shorebirds needed help, the Suns chipped in with four errors, five walks and a hit batter.

It started innocently, or so it seemed.

Starting pitcher Erik Arnesen retired the first two Shorebirds before allowing a two-out single to Brandon Snyder.

It was the first crack in the dam.

Billy Rowell, Chris Vinyard and Miguel Abreu followed with consecutive homers to put the Shorebirds up 4-0 after a half-inning. Rowell hit a two-run shot to dead center followed by solo shots to right by Vinyard and Abreu.

The Suns tried to come back, scoring twice in the third to cut the deficit to 5-2 on Francisco Plasencia's solo homer and a sacrifice fly by Leonard Davis off Delmarva starter Jeff Moore (6-3).

The rest of the way was all Delmarva until it didn't much matter in the final two innings. The Shorebirds built a 19-2 lead by just hitting everything Suns pitching threw up to the plate.

Arnesen lasted five innings, allowing nine runs (six earned) on 12 hits. Colby Mavroulis allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in one inning of work. Joe Welsh lasted two-thirds of an inning, long enough to be hit for six runs on six hits and two walks, including the Snyder grand slam.

Delmarva added two runs for a 7-2 lead in the fourth, both coming on a fielding error by third baseman Marcos Cabral on a grounder by Davison.

It was 10-2 after six, keyed by Davison's two-run single off Mavroulis.

And then, if there was any doubts left, the Shorebirds sent 15 batters to the plate in the seventh to collect nine runs on eight hits. Everything the Shorebirds hit found open field.

Down 20-2, the Suns rallied to respectability with three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth. Jhonatan Solano hit a two-run single and Francisco Guzman added a run-scoring hit in the eighth off reliever Luis Labron.

Mike Martinez got an RBI grounder in the ninth.

The Suns finished with 10 hits, led by Solano and Martinez with two each.

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