Hagerstown Suns Game Notes
Tonight the Suns play game three of four against the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium at 6:00 p.m. RHP Francys Peguero (2-5, 2.54 ERA) gets the nod for Hagerstown, while Rome counters with lefty Dilmer Mejia (3-1, 1.42 ERA).
UPSHAW'S FIVE RBI PROPEL SUNS TO 14-7 VICTORY: Through five plate appearances, Armond Upshaw was able to drive home five RBI in the Suns 14-7 victory over the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium Friday night. Upshaw's five RBI is the most for a Hagerstown (32-40, 2-0) player since Nick Banks hit five RBI June 16, 2018.The Suns got things going early, scoring in each of the first four innings. Cody Wilson started things off scoring on a wild pitch from Odalvi Javier (L, 2-4). In the second, Hagerstown used put up a three spot after another Javier wild pitch to score Israel Pineda. After that, Upshaw smoked a double off the wall to bring home Jackson Cluff and Kyle Marinconz to put the Suns in front 4-0. The next inning, Jacob Rhinesmith homered to make him the first Suns player to homer in back-to-back games since Alex Dunlap did against the BlueClaws July 27-28, 2018. Marinconz added another homer in the fourth to give Hagerstown a 6-0 lead.
TURN UP THE POWER: The Suns thrive off the long ball. In fact, when a Suns player homers, the team has a 18-11 record. That's compared to a 14-29 record when the team does not have a homer.
WE'RE NOT WORTHY: Peguero continues to have poor luck this season. Despite having the lowest ERA amongst qualifying pitchers on the team (2.54), the Suns have just a 3-10 record when he starts. Yesterday he worked his sixth quality start and exited the game with a 5-1 lead, but the bullpen gave up seven runs, four of which were earned.
LIKING THE ROAD: Jake Irvin has been great on the road this season. After last night's quality start where he allowed just three hits and one run over the course of six innings, the Oklahoma-product has now recorded three of his four quality starts this season on the road.
MASHING MARINCONZ: Kyle Marinconz has been mashing the ball through the month of June. After entering June hitting .233 with one homer and 12 RBI, he has improved his average to .265 while mashing three homers and driving in nine RBI across the first 21 days of the month.
TREMENDOUS TURNER: Trey Turner was activated from Extended Spring Training May 8, since then, he has appeared in eight games, spinning 12.1 innings and punching out 23 batters. Opponents are merely hitting .119 against him in the 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.
SUN SPOTS: After scoring five runs in the seventh last night, the Suns are now outscoring opponents 40-24 in the frame.
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