Suns Walked-Off on for Third Time in 2019
AUGUSTA, S.C. - After tying the game in the seventh and pulling ahead in the tenth, the Suns were unable to hold Augusta at bay in an 11-inning, 3-2 loss to the GreenJackets at SRP Park Sunday afternoon.
Nico Giarratano blooped a single to right to end the game, scoring Aaron Bond in the process to earn the walk-off victory for Augusta (15-13). That is the third walk-off loss the Suns have been a part of this season.
Aaron Fletcher (L, 1-2) was on the hook for the loss, despite only giving up two, unearned runs in 2.1 innings of relief. The lefty allowed two hits and did not walk a batter.
Meanwhile, Solomon Bates (W, 4-2) continued his incredible stretch in relief. He has now just allowed one run to score in his last seven innings pitched, spanning three separate outings for the GreenJackets.
The two squads traded runs in the 10th, after Pablo O'Connor sacrificed Omar Meregildo to third, Trey Vickers was able to punch a single up the gut to put Hagerstown (13-17) in front 2-1. The GreenJackets tied the game in the home half of the inning with a Jacob Gonzalez one out single to plate Shane Matheny.
After not getting a hit in the first six innings, Jacob Rhinesmith doubled with Israel Pineda on first to move runners to second and third with just one out. Later, O'Connor walked with the bases loaded to knot the score at 1-1.
Francys Peguero earned the no decision despite pitching an incredible ballgame. The righty worked six frames, allowing just three hits and one run, while fanning four. That's good for Hagerstown's fourth quality start of the road trip.
Despite getting an extra opportunity in the 11th inning, Gilbert Lara was unable to extend his hitting streak, ending the stretch at 19 games. That places him just one game shy of Jeffrey Maloney, who hit in 20 consecutive games for the Suns in 1999. Lara hit .358 over the stretch, which began April 14 and launched three homers while plating 16 RBI.
Hagerstown finishes their four-game series with the GreenJackets Monday at 7:05 p.m. The Suns pick RHP Tomas Alastre (2-2, 6.84 ERA) to close out the road trip and Augusta tosses LHP Seth Corry (0-1, 1.83 ERA) to close out the season series between the two squads.
The Suns return to Municipal Stadium to face the Lakewood BlueClaws in a three-game set May 8-10. Wednesday, May 8 is Bark in the Park night. Bring out your four legged friend to enjoy nine innings of Suns baseball at Municipal Stadium with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Next, it's a regular Thirsty Thursday with beer specials starting at just $2.00. Finally, the homestand will conclude May 10 with 70's Night at Municipal Stadium. For tickets or more information, visit hagerstownsuns.com or call 301-791-6266.
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