Hagerstown Suns: Game Notes
The Suns continue their series with the Kannapolis Intimidators at Intimidators Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Hagerstown gives LHP Ryan Williamson (4-1, 3.53 ERA) the ball. Meanwhile, Kannapolis sends RHP Johan Dominguez (4-5, 3.05 ERA) to the rubber.
PITCHING STAFF STAYS DIALED IN FOR 4-1 WIN: Kannapolis, NC (August 26, 2019) - Reid Schaller kept the pitching staff rolling in Hagerstown's 4-1 over Kannapolis at Intimidator Stadium Monday evening. Schaller (W, 4-3) spun the first five frames of Hagerstown's (62-71, 32-31) win, wringing up half a dozen batters while surrendering just two hits. The offense woke up in the fourth inning via some help from Israel Pineda's seventh homer of the season, a solo shot that charged over the left field wall to put the Suns in front 1-0. After leading off the sixth with a base knock, Justin Connell came around on a Kyle Marinconz dribbler to second to give the Suns some insurance and a 2-0 lead.
HURLERS HOUR: In the Suns last 42 innings they have given up just a single earned run, earning a 4-1 record over that span. In the same time, they have given up just 14 hits and 11 walks (0.60 WHIP). The Suns second half ERA has dropped from 3.76 to 3.51 over the last five games.
LATE IS BETTER THAN NEVER: After last night's win, the Suns are 32-31 in the second half. After going 0-7 in games where the Suns record stood at .500, they have a winning record for the first time this season. The Suns finished the first half 30-40 and at best can finish the season with a 69-71 overall record, but can still have an above-.500 second half mark.
SO LONG, FAREWELL: Hagerstown will be the final visiting team to play at Intimidators Stadium. There are still three more games scheduled in Kannapolis, but next season, Kannapolis will play at a new stadium and rename their team.
THE LONGEST ROAD: Reid Schaller has found his home away from home in his last few outings. In his last 20 innings on the road, the Vanderbilt-product has allowed just one run to score and in the mean-time has given up just eight hits. Adding to that, he has been able to make a ton of bats miss, recording 22 strikeouts over the last 20 frames and a dizzying career-high eight in his outing last Thursday. Schaller was able to keep it going at Municipal Stadium Wednesday, striking out six more while allowing just one earned run.
STAYING ALIVE: After Saturday's game two loss to Delmarva, the Suns elimination number became 1 for the second half. Since then, Hagerstown has won a pair and Delmarva has lost both, keeping the Suns in contention.
COUNTING IT DOWN: Hagerstown has just seven games remaining this season, with 4 of them coming at Municipal Stadium. The Suns will give away one more bobbleheads, a Paul "Ears" McNeal bobblehead August 31. In addition to that, the Suns will also have their final fireworks show August 30 following the game against Delmarva.
JOLLY JAKE: Jake Irvin has rolled right through the South Atlantic League in August. The righty has fanned 21 batters in as many innings while maintaining a 2.14 ERA in four starts for Hagerstown. While the Oklahoma-product is 1-1 over the stretch, he has recorded the fourth-lowest ERA in the league in that time, trailing just Kannapolis's Sam Long, Delmarva's Ryan Wilson and Charleston's Roansy Contreras.
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