Hagerstown Suns: Game Notes
Hagerstown completes their series with the West Virginia Power today at 2:05 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park. The Suns work RHP Jake Irvin (6-7, 4.04 ERA), while West Virginia throws RHP Bernie Martinez, who is making his South Atlantic League debut.
SUNS RISE LATE TO UPEND POWER 4-1: Hagerstown beat up on the West Virginia Power bullpen to win 4-1 at Appalachian Power Park Saturday evening. With Hagerstown (27-28, 57-68) trailing 1-0 with two outs in the seventh inning, Phil Caulfield bounded a ball off the right field wall to bring Israel Pineda, who had reached on an error, home from second to tie the game. The offense did not quit there. Justin Connell led-off the ninth with a base knock up the middle off reliever Brendan McGuigan (BS, L 0-1). Kyle Marinconz reached on an error from the second baseman Austin Shenton to keep the inning alive with two away and to move Connell to third base. Cole Daily then ripped a single to left to plate Connell and give Hagerstown the lead 2-1. Daily's hit extended his hitting streak to a season-long seven games. He is 10-for-27 (.370) during that stretch.
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 seven-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.
WORK HORSES MISSING BATS: Last night, Tomas Alastre fanned seven batters to reach 106 strikeouts on the year. He became the first Suns pitcher since Jackson Tetreault, who wrung up 118 batters last year, to reach the 100 strikeout plateau. Today, Jake Irvin toes the rubber. He starts the game with 98 strikeouts this season. If he reaches 100, it'll be the first time Hagerstown has a pair of pitchers with 100 k's since Pedro Encarnacion (113) and Nick Lee (102) hit the mark in 2013.
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.
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 27-28 meaning Hagerstown would need to win one more for a chance to go above .500. The Suns currently sit 7.5 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.
SUN SPOTS: After starting 0-for-3, the Suns finished 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position last night.
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