Frias Leads Hagerstown Past Lakewood
LAKEWOOD, NJ - Hagerstown Suns starting pitcher Marcos Frias kept the Lakewood BlueClaws offense at bay in the Suns 2-0 victory on Thursday.
Frias, who leads the Suns pitching staff with eight wins, earned the victory while allowing just two hits and one walk in six innings of work. The right-hander also struck out seven Lakewood hitters.
The Hagerstown offense was prolific in hits, with 13 in the game, but managed just two runs against the BlueClaws pitching staff. The first run for the Suns came with two outs in the top of the third inning as Steven Souza doubled home Steve Lombardozzi to give Hagerstown the lead.
The score remained 1-0 until the top of the eighth inning, as the Suns first baseman Tyler Moore doubled to right field, driving in catcher Derek Norris. Norris had walked to lead off the inning.
Hagerstown could have broken the game open in the eighth, but for two base-running mistakes as the first six hitters to come to the plate reached in the inning. After Moore doubled, Souza came through with a base hit to right field, but Moore rounded third base to far and was thrown out getting back to the bag.
Then, with one out and Souza on first base, Charlie Fermaint singled to right field, but Souza was thrown out trying to take third base for the second out in the inning.
A Robby Jacobsen single to right field and infield single by Nick Arata loaded the bases with two outs, but Valerio Heredia grounded out to end the inning. In total, the Suns got one run off five hits and a walk in the inning.
The baserunning foibles did not come back to haunt Hagerstown as Robinson Fabian earned his first save as a Sun with three shut-out innings in relief of Frias. Fabian did allow four hits and the tying run to reach second base in the ninth, but a two-out line drive caught by Souza at shortstop ended the game.
The Suns and BlueClaws have now split the first two games of their three game series and will play the rubber match on Friday at 7:05.
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