LAKEWOOD, NJ - McKenzie Mills threw five scoreless innings with nine strikeouts to lead Hagerstown to a 2-1 win over the BlueClaws on Wednesday afternoon at FirstEnergy Park.
The Suns (9-5) took two of three from the BlueClaws (7-7), who went 3-4 on their first homestand of the year.
Mills (2-1) struck out nine over five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. The hit was in the third, when Brett Barbier doubled off the left field fence, but Mickey Moniak was thrown out trying to score from first base to end the inning.
The Suns took the lead in the third inning when Carter Kieboom stole third and scored on a throwing error on Lakewood catcher Edgar Cabral. Hagerstown added another in the fifth on an RBI single by Nick Banks, chasing Sixto Sanchez from the game.
Sanchez (0-1), the Lakewood starter, gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts in his third start of the season.
Lakewood got their first run in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI double by Cord Sandberg off Jorge Pantoja to make it a 2-1 game. Sandberg, however, was stranded at third base as the tying run in the inning.
Zach Morris threw two scoreless innings in relief for the BlueClaws. Brett Barbier had two hits for the second straight game.
The BlueClaws head to West Virginia to start a four-game series with the Power (Pirates) on Thursday night. LHP Ranger Suarez (0-0) starts the opener for Lakewood against LHP Cam Vieaux (0-0). b
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