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Arroyo's 2nd stint better but not a win

By BRANT JAMES

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 20, 2000


Former Hernando High standout Bronson Arroyo started his second game in the major leagues Sunday, pitching better for the Pittsburgh Pirates but again finishing with no decision.

Arroyo, 23, allowed four runs -- one earned -- on eight hits in five innings, struck out five batters, and walked four. He trailed the Florida Marlins 4-3 when he left, but the Pirates eventually tied the game. Florida won 5-4 with a run in the ninth inning.

Again Arroyo was victimized by poor defense. With two out in the second inning, first baseman John Vander Wal was unable to handle a routine throw from Luis Sojo as the third baseman tried to nab Luis Castillo, who had rounded first base too wide after hitting a single. Paul Bako, who had advanced to third on the single, scored as Vander Wal chased the ball. Andy Fox then produced a run-scoring single, and Cliff Floyd hit an RBI double to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead.

Arroyo threw 81 pitches (51 strikes) and cut his earned-run average from 9.00 to 5.40.

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