Hagerstown Suns Game Notes
The Suns continue their four-game series with the Intimidators tonight at Municipal Stadium. It's Pets in the Park night at the yard, four-legged friends can enter for free courtesy of Pet Valu. Hagerstown gives RHP Francys Peguero (2-2, 2.30 ERA) the nod tonight, while Kannapolis counters with RHP Johan Dominguez (0-2, 2.81 ERA).
EIGHT RUN SECOND LAUNCHES SUNS TO 12-5 WIN: Hagerstown opened their series with Kannapolis exploding for eight runs in the second frame to beat Kannapolis 12-5 at Municipal Stadium Tuesday evening. After Jake Irvin struck out the side in the top of the second, the offense got right to work in the home half. Omar Meregildo led things off with a double off Kannapolis starter Davis Martin. After that, Ricardo Mendez popped a single over the head of Martin, which moved Meregildo to third. The Suns opened up scoring after Mendez went to steal second and Intimidators catcher Michael Hickman airmailed second, letting Meregildo advance home.Martin settled in after that, fanning the next two batters before walking Justin Connell. Following that, Kyle Marinconz, Gilbert Lara and Jacob Rhinesmith hit three consecutive singles scoring a pair of runs prior to Israel Pineda walking with the bases loaded to bring the score to 6-0, with four of those runs crossing in the second frame. Next, Omar Meregildo struck out swinging, but following a wild pitch with the bases loaded, everyone advanced safely to keep the inning rolling and put the Suns in front 7-0. Ricardo Mendez and Tyler Cropley singled to drive in three more runs before the inning finished, giving the Suns a lead of 10-0.
JACKPOT: The Suns have been big winners a lot this season, taking home five of their 20 wins by seven or more.
2ND IS THE BEST: After coming back from the injured list, Israel Pineda has been incredible. Prior to landing on the injured-list April 27, the back stop was hitting .183 over the course of 19 games, with just three extra-base hits. His slugging average was .189. Since returning, the Venezuelan has played 13 games and earned a .260 average. In that time, he's knocked five doubles and two homers and more than doubled his slugging average prior to hitting the injured list. Since returning, his slash line is .260/.327/.480. In that time, only Tyler Cropley (.545 in three games) is the lone Hagerstown Sun with a higher slugging average.
VICKERS VICTORY: Hagerstown's thirdbaseman has been on a tear the month of May, hitting .306 through 15 games. The infielder has driven in six RBI, while walking six times in 58 plate appearances. Vickers has reached base at a .382 rate since the turn of the month. Yesterday, he had multiple hits in a game for the sixth time this season.
BIG BATS: Despite going through a tough stretch the last ten games, Hagerstown bats have been near the top of the league in many categories in 2019. Their .247 average is second in the league behind the 33-9 Delmarva Shorebirds. They have also scored the third-most runs this season (204) behind the Greensboro Grasshoppers (227) and Hickory Crawdads (206). Their success comes from not only having the third-most hits in the league, but also drawing the second-most walks this year, with 164, trailing just the West Virginia Power, who have walked a South Atlantic League-high 161 times in 43 games. The Suns also lead the league in sacrifices with 14. The next closest team is Hickory, who has 12 sacrifices.
TWO FOR THE SHOW: With Lara's homer in the top of the third inning with two outs Monday, Lara now has hit six of his team-high seven homers this season with two outs. In addition to that, three of his seven homers this season have been two-run blasts. Half of the Dominican-native's homers have come in the seventh inning or later this year.
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