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.