Hagerstown Suns Game Notes
The Suns finish up their first-half road slate this afternoon vs Delmarva at 2:05 p.m. Hagerstown elects RHP Ryan Tapani (2-4, 4.42 ERA) to start, while Delmarva's southpaw Ryan Wilson (1-1, 7.11 ERA) toes the rubber in the series finale.
SUNS OFFENSE QUIET IN LOSS TO SHOREBIRDS: The Suns offense was held down again, mustering only five hits in their 6-1 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds at Perdue Stadium Saturday. It was the sixth time in eight games this month that Hagerstown (27-35) has been held to two or fewer runs, as the team is now 1-5 on its seven-game road trip, and is just 8-for-51 with runners in scoring position (.157) over that span. Delmarva's (46-15) dominant staff was masterful again Saturday. Hector Guance (W, 3-2) tosses six strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits. The lone run came in the second inning, when Kyle Marinconz hit his second home run of the season - a solo shot that gave the Suns a 1-0 lead. Zach Matson (S, 4) pitched the final three innings of the game, holding the Suns scoreless and recording six strikeouts. The Suns got a great start as well, as Francys Peguero (L, 2-5) spun six strong innings, allowing two runs on nine hits and striking out four. The righty did get into trouble in sixth with runners on the corners with no outs, but he was able to tightrope out of the jam for a strong finish to his start. The two runs that did score against Peguero came in the second inning on a Seamus Curran RBI single and a Daniel Fajardo RBI groundout.
MULTI-HIT MARINCONZ: Kyle Marinconz went 3-for-4 with a homer and a stolen base in last night's loss. The second baseman has gone 4-for-8 in this series, ticking up his season average to .239. Last night was his ninth multi-hit game of the season.
TREMENDOUS TURNER: Trey Turner was activated from Extended Spring Training May 8, since then, he has appeared in six games, spinning 10.1 innings and punching out 21 batters. Opponents are merely hitting .114 against him in the short time he's been in the South Atlantic League.
HAVE YOURSELF A DAY, DAY: Chandler Day spun two innings in Friday's win over Delmarva to keep Hagerstown in front of the Shorebirds.. Since May 6, the Vanderbilt-product has turned a new leaf. In 18.1 innings, he has allowed just nine hits while setting down 17 batters via the strikeout and allowing just two earned run. It's been good enough to drop his ERA from 5.29 to 3.15 over his last seven outings. During that span, his opponent's batting average has also dropped significantly from .314 to .252. In May, the righty made six appearances and earned a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings pitched, while holding opponents to a .142 average.
HEY NOW, YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR: Jacob Rhinesmith and Gilbert Lara will represent Hagerstown in the 60th annual South Atlantic League All-Star game. Lara holds the league's longest hitting streak this season (19 games) and Rhinesmith leads the Suns in on-base percentage (.389).
RACE FOR THE GOVERNOR'S CUP: After last night's loss, the Suns have a 3-7 record against Delmarva this season. There are still 12 games remaining in the Governor's Cup series this season, including eight in Hagerstown.
FORMER SUN DEBUTS IN TEXAS: Last night, Phillips Valdez worked two innings in relief vs the Oakland Athletics. The former Sun allowed one hit and walked a pair, but no runs scored against him in his Major League debut. The righty spent parts of 2014 and 2015 with Hagerstown, he carried a 7-2 record in the Hub City.
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