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Suns lose home opener to Mother Nature

Hagerstown, Lake County to play doubleheader today at Municipal Stadium

Hagerstown, Lake County to play doubleheader today at Municipal Stadium

April 12, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

If you want to be literal about it, the Hagerstown Suns got blown out on Friday.

No, not that way.

This was as huge curve thrown by Mother Nature with lots of movement which ultimately canceled the Suns' home opener against the Lake County Captains at Municipal Stadium.

It started with pelting rain which began flying horizontal with the help of 35 mph winds, turning the field into a slip-n-slide. After about an hour of work, the game was postponed and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader today at 5:35 p.m. because another storm was pending.

It ended with the Suns waiting another day to start the home part of their season, which was fine with Suns manager Darnell Coles.

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"Because we didn't play today doesn't add an edge either way," Coles said. "When you play at home you want to get the guys used to it. They have started out on the road and have the crowd going against them. This was a chance to experience it with the crowd cheering for them."

It was the Suns' second rainout of the season, which is just nine days old. Hagerstown had last Sunday's game at Delmarva postponed, which was followed by an off day.

So, basically the Suns have had three days off in the first 10, but that doesn't alarm Coles.

"I don't thing it will get us out of rhythm," Coles said. "In fact, it will give us a couple more pitchers (Saturday). We had a couple of guys who were unavailable today because they pitched (Thursday). But it's a case that if you are playing well, you don't want the day off and if you're going bad, you do."

The Suns have been going relatively well with a 3-3 record through their first six road games. They have two comeback victories and each of the three losses has been by two runs or less.

"I think we have pitched well and have played good defense," Coles said. "And we have been swinging the bats well. We have just been making a couple of mental errors on defense. It's a situation that the more you see things, you get it. We want to try to put them in situations when they can pre-think what they are doing. Speed (of games) makes you do things that aren't normal and you overthink."

At this part of the season, Coles admits the Suns are still a work in progress

"We have played pretty well on the road," Coles said. "You now have a fan base behind you. You win, and it grows. You lose, and it dwindles. I have told them that all you have to do is win each series and you will be in the playoffs. There is no pressure. Each team has their own brand of baseball and we are still trying to find ours."

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