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Hagerstown Suns: Game Notes

August 10, 2019 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Hagerstown Suns News Release

Hagerstown continues its five-game set with the Legends tonight at 6:35 p.m. at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Southpaw Jackson Stoeckinger (1-2, 3.78 ERA) toes the rubber for the Suns, while Lexington's RHP Charlie Neuweiler (4-9, 4.58 ERA) gets the ball for the Legends.


SUNS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER IN LEXINGTON: The Suns utilized strong starting pitching to sweep the Lexington Legends 3-2 and 2-1 in a doubleheader Friday evening at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Jackson Rutledge (W, 1-0) and Joan Adon combined to throw 9.2 innings, allowing just one run while fanning 11 Legends (55-61, 18-29) batters.

Hagerstown (53-64, 23-24) took the first game 3-2 despite a late surge from the Legends. Rutledge spun five, two-hit frames, punching out six Legend hitters and allowing no runs to score before handing the ball to Matt Cronin. Cronin allowed a run prior to getting out of the sixth inning and passing the torch to Pearson McMahan (S, 1). Both bullpen arms allowed one run in one inning. Adon lasted 4.2 innings before he got yanked in favor of Ryan Williamson (W, 4-0) who twirled the final 2.1 innings without allowing a run to preserve the Suns 2-1 win. Adon allowed just one run, that came home in the third after Jackson Lueck walked to lead off the third and came home from the bat to Chris Hudgins. The Suns utilized an error from Rubendy Jaquez to get Justin Connell to second base with just one out. Then with two outs in the first, Jacob Rhinesmith sent him home with an RBI single.

HOW SWEEP IT IS: Hagerstown took both games of yesterday's doubleheader against the Legends to improve to 5-7 in doubleheaders this season. The last three doubleheaders Hagerstown has played in have all ended in a sweep dating back to their first half sweep of the Lakewood BlueClaws June 11.

STRIKING SCHALLER ON THE ROAD: Reid Schaller has found his home away from home in his last few outings. In his last 15 innings of work away from Municipal Stadium, the Vanderbilt-product has allowed just one run to score and in the mean-time has given up just six hits. He has also been able to make a ton of bats miss, recording 16 strikeouts over the last 15 frames and a career-high eight in his last outing Thursday.

ONE RUN FUN: After Hagerstown won both of yesterday's games by just a single run, the Suns have now played in a South Atlantic League-most 43 one-run games this season. The Suns have earned a 20-23 record in those games. To put that into perspective, the Suns played 32 one-run games last season, winning 16 of them.

VINDICTIVE VANN: This season, Christian Vann has inherited 16 runners in 13 games. The 25th-round draftee has stranded all, but one of them (94%) on the basepaths. The rest of the Suns have stranded 70% of their inherited runners this season.

IRKING IRVIN: Jake Irvin's stellar second half continued Tuesday. He threw five innings, tying his season-high eight punchouts and did not allow an earned run. The Oklahaoma-product produced four quality in five appearances starts prior to Tuesday's game in the second half. His second half ERA is 3.40, compared to a 5.11 ERA in the first half of the season. He has dazzled in his last two outings against Rome, fanning 13 batters in 12 innings and allowing just three runs in the span.

THE CHASE: Hagerstown stands 6.5 games back of first place Delmarva with 23 games remaining in the second half. The Suns would also have to jump over Hickory, Greensboro and Kannapolis to make the playoffs.

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