Bizarre Ninth Caps off 1-0 Loss
LAKEWOOD, NJ - Despite a strong pitching performance and six hits, Hagerstown was unable to score a run in a 1-0 loss to the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park Tuesday evening.
Hagerstown led off the ninth with a single from Israel Pineda. The next batter, Nic Perkins, laid down a bunt and beat out a throw from the pitcher, Manuel Silva (W, 1-2). The first baseman, Jake Holmes , struggled with the ball, which allowed Pineda to advance to third, but everything was called back when Perkins was called out on runners interference. Pineda had to go back to first and then there was one out.
Kyle Marinconz was next up and he knocked an infield single up the middle before Mark Potter (S, 2) slammed the door shut, earning the last two outs of the game.
The wild last inning spoiled an excellent start from Tim Cate (L, 4-4), who just allowed two hits in six frames while wringing up half a dozen batters. The lefty faced just four over the minimum after recording 18 outs.
Ryan Williamson finished the game out with two scoreless innings, fanning four of the final five batters he faced.
The lone run of the game scored in the sixth inning. Jonathan Guzman walked to get aboard, after that he stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error from Israel Pineda . He later scored on a Luis Garcia single with two outs.
Tomorrow, Hagerstown starts early, with an 11:05 a.m. first pitch to close out the three-game set. RHP Tomas Alastre (3-4, 5.83 ERA) gets the ball for Hagerstown, while Lakewood counters with righty Kyle Glogoski (3-1, 0.96 ERA).
After the seven-game road trip, the Suns return to Municipal Stadium May 10 to begin a seven-game homestand against the BlueClaws and the West Virginia Power. The stretch is filled with great promotions, including Bark in the Park, Thirsty Thursday, Pink Night and Sunday Funday! For tickets or more information visit hagerstownsuns.com or call 301-791-6266.
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