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Suns Bats Silenced Again by Lakewood

August 14, 2019 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Hagerstown Suns News Release

HAGERSTOWN, MD - Hagerstown's bats faltered again as they fell to the Lakewood BlueClaws 5-1 Wednesday afternoon at Municipal Stadium.

Reid Schaller (L, 2-3) looked good on the rubber, striking out six BlueClaw (22-28, 52-69) while allowing just one earned run to score, but his bats could not pick him up.

The Suns lone run came in the third inning after a Cole Daily lead-off single. Armond Upshaw doubled to score him and cut Lakewood's lead to 2-1 at the time, but Lakewood clawed away on the Suns bullpen.

Starter Taylor Lehman (W, 2-0) worked strong five innings, allowing just three hits, two in the third. After that Rafi Gonnell (S, 2) entered in the fifth for a four inning save where he allowed two hits and fanned three batters to preserve the win.

Lakewood started the scoring in the second. Cole Stobbe doubled on a flair to left that was lost in the sun before scoring on a double steal with Seth Lancaster. Carlos De La Cruz doubled to score him to make the score 2-0.

Lakewood scored again in the sixth after a Lancaster double to plate McCarthy Tatum before pulling away in the ninth.

The Suns travel to West Virginia to play a four-game series against the Power tomorrow beginning at 7:05 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park. RHP Jackson Rutledge (1-0, 2.70 ERA) gets the nod for Hagerstown, while West Virginia opts to throw RHP Evan Johnson (0-3, 3.86 ERA).

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