CHARLESTON, W.V. - The Hagerstown Suns (18-5) broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run sixth inning on Sunday afternoon to defeat the West Virginia Power (7-15) by a final of 5-2. The win gives the Suns their third series sweep of the season, and their second series sweep of a four-game variety.
The top of the sixth inning on Sunday started with a line drive single to right by catcher Craig Manuel. Following a sacrifice bunt, CF Wilman Rodriguez singled to center field to put runners on the corners with one out. Left Fielder Isaac Ballou brought Manuel home from third with a sacrifice fly to break the tie. Then, Rodriguez scored on a double to left by 2B Wilmer Difo. Difo scored the final run of the frame on a line drive single up the middle by DH Drew Ward.
RHP Wander Suero (3-0) pitched the final 4.2 innings for Hagerstown to earn the win. He didn't give up any runs and allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out two. RHP Lucas Giolito started for the Suns and went 4.1 innings, surrendering two earned runs on three hits and three walks while striking out four. RHP Shane Carle (0-2) suffered the loss for the Power. He threw 5.1 innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out one.
The largest margin of victory for the Suns in the series was six runs during an 8-2 win on Saturday night. Hagerstown collected 16 hits in the game and was up 7-0 after two and a half innings. Starting RHP Nick Pivetta (3-2) gave up one earned run over five innings to earn the win. LHP Matthew Spann allowed one earned run over four innings to secure the save. Starting RHP Dovydas Neverauskas (2-1) was tagged with the loss for West Virginia. He surrendered seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits in five innings.
Both games one and two of the series finished with the Suns winning 7-5. In game two on Friday night Hagerstown broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth with a three-run frame. The big hit in the inning was a two-run single by Ward, which came with two outs. That allowed RHP Andrew Cooper (2-0) to take home the win despite blowing a save opportunity, while RHP Yhonathan Barrios (0-1) suffered the loss for the Power.
In the series opener all the scoring was finished after five innings, as the Suns had taken a 7-1 lead before giving up four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Despite being charged for all the runs in the fifth starting RHP Dixon Anderson (3-0) came away with the win. RHP John Simms followed by allowing just two hits over four innings to record the save. Starting LHP Cody Dickson (2-2) took the loss for the Power, giving up six runs (four earned) on seven hits in 3.2 innings.
In total Hagerstown outscored West Virginia in the series 27-14, and out-hit the Power 47-33. The Suns next head home to Municipal Stadium to begin a three game series with the Hickory Crawdads (11-11) that starts on Tuesday, April 29. The Suns will send RHP Austin Voth (0-1) to the mound for his fifth start and appearance of the year. He will square off against RHP Akeem Bostick (0-1) for the Crawdads. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm.
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