HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Jonathan Hernandez matched his career-high with 10 strikeouts for the Hickory Crawdads (12-19) while the Hagerstown Suns (19-12) tallied just six hits in a 6-1 loss on Monday morning.
Hagerstown starter McKenzie Mills (Loss, 4-2) allowed four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Hayden Howard took over in the sixth but allowed a three-run homer to Hickory catcher Alex Kowalczyk that put the Crawdads ahead by six runs.
Suns left fielder Nick Banks scored the lone run for Hagerstown with a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth. He finished 2-for-4 at the plate in front of a season-high 2,342 fans on Education Day at Municipal Stadium.
Hernandez (Win, 2-3) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings for the Crawdads with 10 strikeouts, tying his previous best on May 18, 2016 at Lexington.
After splitting the four-game series with Hickory, the Suns hit the road for a seven-game journey across the South Atlantic League Southern Division. They'll begin on Wednesday with the first of three games in Rome, Georgia at 7:05 p.m. The Suns took two of three games from the Braves last week in Hagerstown.
Baseball continues at Municipal Stadium this Friday with the NJCAA Region XX Division 1 Tournament. Hagerstown Community College hosts the action all weekend long. Tickets are available at the Municipal Stadium gates.
The Suns return home on May 18 against the Lakewood BlueClaws during Thirsty Thursday wth beer prices starting at just two dollars each. For tickets, call 301-791-6266 or visit hagerstownsuns.com.
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