Suns Get Walked-Off on in Ninth
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Hagerstown allowed two runs to score in the bottom of the ninth and watched Lakewood walk-off on a wild pitch 4-3 to complete a series sweep over the Suns at FirstEnergy Park Thursday night.
Angel Guillen (L, 0-2) closed things out for the Suns. He spun his way cleanly through his first two innings of the game to make it to the ninth. The final frame was a different story though.
The righty walked Abrahan Gutierrez to begin the inning before Jimmy Smith pinch ran for the catcher. After retiring the next two batters, Ben Pelletier singled to put runners on the corners with two away, the Suns clinging to a 3-2 lead. Hunter Stovall hacked at this first pitch he saw and lined it for a single in front of Cody Wilson in right to tie the game and move Pelletier to third. The first pitch of the next at-bat went passed catcher Israel Pineda all the way to the back stop to plate Pelletier and win the game for the BlueClaws.
The game marked Lakewood's first walk-off and series sweep of 2019.
Omar Meregildo took advantage of a 2-0 fastball with two outs in the top of the ninth, driving a single to right to score Jacob Rhinesmith and give the Suns (17-22) a late 3-2 lead.
The Suns offense drew first blood again. After a two out fielding error on BlueClaws (14-24) first baseman Jake Holmes allowed Israel Pineda to reach at first base, Gilbert Lara was able to sneak home to break the scoreless tie. The next batter, Meregildo, poked a single into center to bring Jacob Rhinesmith home and increase the Suns lead to 2-0 in the first frame.
After that, the story revolved around excellent pitching. Jake Irvin received a no-decision after dazzling in his start. The former-Sooner worked six innings, striking out seven batters and allowing just one run. In his two starts against Lakewood this month, Irvin now has a 0.77 ERA after allowing one run in 11.2 innings of work while striking out 15 batters.
He outdueled Dominic Pipkin who did not allow an earned run, despite giving up two runs in the first. He handed the ball to Jhordany Mezquita (W, 2-3) in the sixth. Mezquita moved along seemlessly until the ninth when he allowed Rhinesmith to score.
Hagerstown returns home tomorrow to start an eight-game homestand, beginning with four games against the Hickory Crawdads. RHP Francys Peguero (1-2, 2.37 ERA) gets the nod for Hagerstown, while Hickory has yet to announce their starting pitcher for the 7:05 p.m. contest.
Historic Municipal Stadium plays host to the Suns again May 17-24 as Hagerstown brings Hickory and Kannapolis to town for eight games. There are plenty of reasons to head out to the ballpark, including Comic Con May 18, Bark in the Park May 22 and Thirsty Thursday May 23. For tickets or more information call 301-791-6266 or visit hagerstownsuns.com.
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