HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Matthew DeRosier made the best start of his five-year professional career with seven shutout innings and two hits allowed as the Hagerstown Suns (27-19, 65-50) ran their winning streak to five games with a 7-0 romp over the West Virginia Power (25-23, 55-59) on Friday night at Municipal Stadium.
DeRosier (Win, 2-2) joined the Suns rotation on July 30 and has not allowed a run in his last 17 2/3 innings pitched, setting the longest scoreless streak by a Hagerstown pitcher this year. The 23-year-old righty from Lakeside, California sandwiched two Power singles by retiring the first 10 batters and final nine batters he faced, in order. DeRosier finished with six strikeouts and benefitted from sparkling defense around the diamond, including a diving snag by Jake Noll on a sharp comebacker that fired past DeRosier in the sixth.
The Suns jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Power starter Eduardo Vera (Loss, 5-6). Jake Noll opened the scoring in the first with an RBI groundout and Tres Barrera immediately followed with an RBI single to left field. Hagerstown plated two more in the second on a passed ball that allowed Angelo La Bruna to scamper home from third and Agustin drove in Blake Perkins from second with an RBI single to right.
Oliver Ortiz landed the knockout punch with his first home run since May 18 on a three-run shot to right-center field in the fifth inning. That forced Vera out of the game after giving up seven runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. Ortiz led the Suns with three RBI while La Bruna tallied a team-best three hits. The Suns finished with 14 base hits; the most since tallying 15 hits in seven innings at Lexington on July 16.
Sam Held recorded the final six outs and allowed a lone single in the ninth before striking out Oneil Cruz to end the game. Hagerstown secured its seventh shutout win while holding the Power to three singles and a walk.
Hagerstown is tied with the Hickory Crawdads atop the South Atlantic League Northern Division second-half standings with 22 games to go. Following back-to-back losses at Muni, the third-place Power dropped three games behind Hagerstown.
On Saturday, the Suns pursue their sixth consecutive win. Hagerstown right-handed fastballer James Bourque (5-6, 4.91) goes to the mound first at 6:05 p.m. in a pitching matchup against Power righty Mike Wallace (3-6, 3.54). It's First Responders Night presented by Summit Health and a CVB Bobblehead Giveaway with the first 1,000 fans receiving a figurine of former Major Leaguer and Williamsport, Maryland native Boots Poffenberger. For tickets, call (301) 791-6266 or visit hagerstownsuns.com.
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