HAGERSTOWN, M.D. - The Hagerstown Suns (6-5, 44-34) split two games from the Lexington Legends (6-5, 39-40) Sunday afternoon. The Legends won the first game, a continuation of a suspended game from Saturday evening, 11-1 while the Suns came back to take the second game, the regularly scheduled game, by a score of 2-1.
With the score 1-0 in the first game the Legends broke the game open with four runs in the second. With RF Fred Ford on third and catcher Jin-Ho Shin on second, 2B Kenny Diekroeger singled to bring home Ford. Left fielder Alex Hudak followed up with a single of his own, which brought home Shin. Left fielder Terrance Gore then bunted his way on to load the bases for SS Raul Mondesi, who grounded out, bringing home Diekroeger. Hudak closed out the scoring in the inning when he stole home on a double steal.
Leading 7-1, Lexington put together back-to-back two run innings. In the seventh, with the bases loaded, Shin walked to bring home DH Mark Donato. After Diekroeger struck out, CF Bubba Starling hit a sacrifice fly to center, bringing home Ford. In the eighth, Mondesi singled to lead off the inning, and then advanced to third on 1B Mark Threlkeld's double. Mondesi scored on a single by Donato, followed up by a sacrifice fly by Ford, bringing home Threlkeld and setting the final score at 11-1.
RHP Aroni Nina (5-3) got the win in relief for Lexington. Nina pitched four innings, allowing one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out three. RHP Dixon Anderson (5-5) took the loss for Hagerstown. Anderson tossed 3.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three.
In the second game Hagerstown took a 2-0 lead in the second. With one out 1B Estarlin Martinez singled to right, followed up by another single by LF Wes Schill, moving Martinez to second. After SS Stephen Perez's flyout, Martinez scored on a single by catcher Craig Manuel. Center fielder Narciso Mesa then brought home Schill on a single to left.
The Legends would attempt to rally in the seventh inning. Catcher Cam Gallagher led off the inning with a solo home run to left field, cutting Hagerstown's lead to 2-1. With one out Diekroeger walked to put the tying run on base. This would be as close as Lexington would get as RHP Gilberto Mendez would retire the next two batters to close out the game and give the Suns the win.
LHP Brett Mooneyham (4-2) earned the win for Hagerstown. Mooneyham pitched six innings, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out two. RHP Miguel Almonte (3-6) suffered the loss for Lexington. Almonte pitched a complete game, allowing two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three. Mendez earned his first save of the season, pitching one inning and allowing one earned run with one walk.
The Suns will begin a three-game series with the West Virginia Power starting on Monday, July 1. LHP Nick Lee (1-2) will get the start for Hagerstown, making his seventh start of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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