No-hitter, and then 4 homers

July 09, 1991|By Chris Zang

Sure, there have been pitchers coming off of no-hitters who have been hit hard in their next starts, but never anything like this.

Frederick Keys starter Eric Schullstrom was optimistic entering last night's game in Salem, Va., against the Class A Buccaneers, and for good reason. The Orioles' No. 2 pick in the 1990 draft carried a streak of 20 1/3 scoreless innings. Even more impressive, he was coming off a no-hitter, against the Kinston Indians last Wednesday night in Frederick.

Funny thing, though, that game of baseball. Once you think you've got it licked . . .

Schullstrom was brought back to earth with a boom. Or, more precisely, a boom, boom, boom, boom -- as Salem's first four hitters homered, tying two Carolina League records in an 8-3 win.

"Schullstrom was shocked, no doubt about it," said Paul List, the second of the four home run hitters.

Oddly enough, the records for most homers in an inning and most consecutive home runs that Salem tied were set by Kinston, whom Schullstrom silenced in a 108-pitch, 78-strike effort.

Salem manager Stan Cliburn told the Roanoke Times & World News, "I've been in pro baseball 18 years and I've never seen anything like it."

Schullstrom, whose earned run average shot up from 1.96 to 2.86, hopes he never sees it again either.

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