Hagerstown Suns: Game Notes
The Suns go for the series win tonight against the West Virginia Power at 6:05 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park. RHP Tomas Alastre (4-12, 5.97 ERA) toes the rubber for Hagerstown tonight while West Virginia sends RHP Matt Martin to the bump for his South Atlantic League debut.
SUNS CLAIM 4-1 WIN BEHIND MENDOZA BOMB: The Suns pitching staff shut down the West Virginia Power in a 4-1 victory at Appalachian Power Park Friday night. Jackson Stoeckinger (W, 2-2) spun five, one-run innings to start the game off. He wrung up four Power (62-62, 25-29) batters before exiting the game and handing the ball to Nick Wells. The lefty struckout two batters in 2.2 innings of work. Pearson McMahan (S, 2) closed out the game, retiring all four batters he faced to earn the save. The bats started early for Hagerstown, after Justin Connell drew a one out walk in the second, Drew Mendoza blasted a ball over the right-center fence to put Hagerstown in front 2-0.After a lull, the Suns (26-28, 56-68) kept things rolling in the eighth. Armond Upshaw and Mendoza walked aboard for Jacob Rhinesmith, who singled to score Upshaw, which gave him his 61st RBI of the season. After that Israel Pineda dropped a ball in center field to score Mendoza and put Hagerstown in front 4-1.
THE DAILY ROUTINE: Infielder Cole Daily has been on a tear since the beginning of the second half. After hitting .175 in the first half, the Notre Dame-product has hit .263 in the second half, including a .277 mark in the month of July. Daily is currently riding a six-game hitting streak, his longest of the season. With his stretch, Hagerstown now has recorded 17 streaks that have lasted six-games or longer this year.
THE LONGEST ROAD: Reid Schaller has found his home away from home in his last few outings. In his last 15 innings on the road, the Vanderbilt-product has allowed just one run to score and in the mean-time has given up just six hits. Adding to that, he has been able to make a ton of bats miss, recording 16 strikeouts over the last 15 frames and a
dizzying career-high eight in his outing Thursday. Schaller was able to keep it going at Municipal Stadium Wednesday, striking out six more while allowing just one earned run.
SHAKE IT UP: Joan Adon came out of the bullpen for the first time this season in Thursday's game. He worked four strong innings, allowing just one run. During his time on the bump, Hagerstown had a three-run eighth to put the team in front to put him in line for his league-leading 11th win of the season.
CRASHING THE SETTLEMENT: After one of the best months a Suns bullpen arm has had this season, Chandler Day has struggled to throw zeroes in the second half. The Vandy-arm held opponents to three runs in 15 innings in May, but ever since then, he has had a 5.74 ERA in 13 outings.
PUT HEXES DOWN: With last night's win versus the Power, the Suns overtook West Virginia for fifth place in the second half Northern Division standings.
PLUCKING AT THE HEART STRINGS: The Suns have moved their record to .500 multiple times in the second half.
Lacking the ability to go above .500, they have not won a game at .500 despite owning an even record for five games. After back-to-back wins, the Suns record is 26-28 meaning Hagerstown would need to win two more for a chance to go above .500. The Suns currently sit 8.5 games back from first place Delmarva in the second half and would exceed everyone's expectations if they were to overtake them and the five other team's in front of them.
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