Suns Fall in Pitcher's Duel
LEXINGTON, KY - The Suns bats couldn't pick up the pitching staff in a 2-1 loss to the Lexington Legends at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Sunday afternoon.
The pitching was absolutely phenomenal for Hagerstown (53-66, 23-26) Sunday. Tomas Alastre (L, 4-12) got the tough-luck loss, spinning five, two-run innings and the Suns sent Alex Troop and Alfonso Hernandez out of the pen for three hitless innings to close out the ball game.
Lexington started the scoring in the third inning. Alastre walked Jeison Guzman before allowing a double from Rubendy Jaquez to put runners at second and third. A catcher's interference loaded the bases for Chris Hudgins , who grounded into a double play, allowing Guzman to break the scoreless tie.
Drew Mendoza smacked his third homer of the season to left field in the fourth to tie the game, but the lead did not last long. Lexington's (57-61, 20-29) Jaquez duplicated Mendoza's task in the fifth to put his team up 2-1.
Hagerstown could not crack the pitching combination of Carlos Hernandez (W, 1-2), Daniel James and Brandon Marklund (S, 4). Hernandez pitched his most complete start since being activated off the injured list, going five innings, allowing one run and striking out six.
Hagerstown returns home August 12-14 to play the Lakewood BlueClaws. Monday will be Antietam Date Night at the park where fans can get up to four free tickets to the game if they bring their Antietam Cable bill. Hagerstown closes out the homestand with a day game at 2:05 p.m. that doubles as Bark in the Park.
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