HAGERSTOWN, Md. (July 31, 2017) - A dozen runs in the top of the second inning sunk the Hagerstown Suns (20-15, 58-46) during a 16-4 loss to the Hickory Crawdads (21-16, 48-49) on Monday night at Municipal Stadium.
The 12-run frame eclipsed the previous season high of seven runs allowed by the Suns in the third inning on April 28 in a 16-4 loss at Lexington. Hagerstown allowed a new season high of 18 total hits to the Crawdads.
Probable starter Tyler Watson was traded to the Minnesota Twins during a deadline deal with the Washington Nationals for Major League All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler. The Monday afternoon transaction forced reliever Hayden Howard (Loss, 4-1) into the starting role and he gave up nine runs in the second inning, with only one of them earned, following an error at third base.
Hickory sent 16 batters to the plate during the marathon inning that included 10 runs batted in with two outs and a three-run homer by Franklin Rollin. The Hickory catcher tallied two hits, two runs, and four RBI in the second inning alone.
Kyle Simonds relieved Howard in the second and allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings of relief. Hickory scored a season-high 14 unearned runs against Hagerstown by batting 9-for-22 with runners in scoring position and totaled 15 RBI.
Jake Noll answered in the bottom of the second with his 13th home run and 56th RBI, leading the Suns active roster in both categories. Blake Perkins and Telmito Agustin ripped back-to-back triples in the third with Agustin driving in a run before Aldrem Corredor beat a throw to first on his RBI infield single against Hickory starter Walker Weickel (Win, 3-3).
Agustin led the Suns during his 3-for-5 night at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Corredor tallied the only other multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.
On Tuesday, the Suns continue their three-game series at Municipal Stadium against the Hickory Crawdads at 7:05 p.m. Right-handed starter James Bourque (5-5, 4.83) goes to the mound against Hickory lefty Reiver Sanmartin (0-0, 0.00). It's an Eats for Seats Night presented by the Washington County Community Action Council with two dollars off any ticket by donating a canned food donation at the Municipal Stadium gate. For tickets, call (301) 791-6266 or visit hagerstownsuns.com.
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