Suns Suffer First Loss in Second Half
ROME, GA - A late rally was not enough to push the Suns past the Rome Braves in a 5-3 loss at State Mutual Stadium Saturday.
The Suns (32-41) trailled 4-0 early, but rallied back to make it a 4-3 game in seventh. However, the offense couldn't get the big hit to draw even, and Rome (31-41) took game three of the four-game series.
Francys Peguero (L, 2-6) got the start for Hagerstown, but did not receive any early help from his defense. A two-out error in the first inning kept the frame alive, and then Shea Langeliers hit his first home run of the season to put the Braves up 2-0. Langeliers struck again against Peguero in the fourth when his RBI single made it a 4-0 game after Braden Shewmake had already driven in a run earlier in the inning.
Pegeuro didn't make it out of the fifth, and ended up going 4.2 innings and allowing two earned runs on eight hits in his first start of the second half. Despite his team-best 2.62 ERA, the Suns are now just 3-11 in games in which Peguero gets the ball.
On the other side, the Braves got a solid start from Dilmer Mejia (W, 4-1) who allowed just one run over five innings of work. That single tally came in the fifth when a Trey Vickers grounder plated Israel Pineda to get the Suns on the board.
The Rome bullpen entered in the sixth, and the Suns jumped at the opportunity to face a new arm. Luis Mora took the mound and walked four batters in the inning, with the final one to Pineda forcing in a run. However, the Suns were not able to capitalize any further with the bases loaded.
Jose Montilla (S, 2) entered for the Braves in the seventh, and the Hagerstown offense struck again. Cody Wilson delivered a two-out RBI single to make it a one-run game.
The Hagerstown bullpen had another good outing, allowing only one run over 3.1 innings of work. Chris Vann worked a scoreless frame and Chandler Day allowed the one score over 2.1 innings. That one blemish came on a Jeremy Fernandez solo long ball in the seventh.
The relievers kept it close, but the Suns bats went down in order in each of the final two innings against Montilla, who ended up tossing the final 3.1 innings and picking up the save.
Hagerstown plays the series finale tomorrow against the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium. Rome sends RHP Alan Rangel (5-4, 4.95 ERA) to the bump while the Suns have not yet named a starting pitcher.
The Suns are in the midst of a seven-game road trip against the Rome Braves and the Hickory Crawdads June 20-26. The Suns then return to Municipal Stadium for a seven game homestand against the Delmarva Shorebirds and Greensboro Grasshoppers that includes plenty of promotions, including Thirsty Thursday, Ghostbusters/80's Night, Sunday Funday, and Salute to America. For tickets or more information visit hagerstownsuns.com or call 301-791-6266.
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