HAGERSTOWN, Md. (July 30, 2017) - Needing only a sacrifice fly with one out and a runner at third in the bottom of the eleventh, Tyler Beckwith walked off in style with a sharply-hit single to the warning track in left field for a 2-1 win by the Hagerstown Suns (20-14, 58-45) over the West Virginia Power (17-18, 47-54) at Municipal Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Tres Barrera led off the eleventh with a double to the wall in center against Power reliever Pasquale Mazzoccoli (Loss, 1-1). Barrera moved to third on a sac bunt laid down by Nick Banks before Beckwith, a native of nearby Mount Airy, Maryland, delivered the first walkoff base hit in Hagerstown since June 3 and a sixth win for the Suns in their last seven games.
Barrera scored both runs for the Suns and reached base four times during a true pitcher's duel. West Virginia starter Luis Escobar allowed one hit and struck out seven Suns through the first six innings. With a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh, Escobar walked Barrera, who moved to second on the first of two clutch sac bunts by Banks and later reached third on a groundout by Beckwith. Oliver Ortiz delivered a two-out RBI single to right field that tied the game, 1-1.
The Suns threatened against Power reliever Julio Eusebio in the eighth but they left the bases loaded. In the tenth, Telmito Agustin reached third base with two outs against Mazzoccolli, but shortstop Andrew Walker made a great throw to beat Jake Noll to the bag at first and denied the Hagerstown designated hitter his second walkoff hit of the season.
Matthew DeRosier took the no-decision but dazzled in his first South Atlantic League start since April 21. The 23-year-old from Lakeside, California allowed two singles a solo home run to Yoel Gonzalez in the third. DeRosier struck out the side in the fifth and retired the last 11 batters he faced in seven complete innings with six strikeouts and no walks.
In the eighth inning, the Suns called upon Carlos Pena , who's made 16 starts this year, to pitch out of the bullpen. He retired all three West Virginia hitters he faced with a total of five pitches. Steven Fuentes (Win, 4-3) opened the ninth and allowed a hit-by-pitch and a single with one out before stranding the pair at second and third with two groundouts, including a sparkling play by shortstop Angelo La Bruna with two outs on a tricky grounder up the middle that nearly gave West Virginia the lead. Fuentes pitched three scoreless innings with two hits and two strikeouts.
On Monday, the Suns open a three-game series at Municipal Stadium against the Hickory Crawdads at 7:05 p.m. Left-handed starter Tyler Watson (6-4, 4.35) goes to the mound on Belly Buster Monday with all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and popcorn starting at just $16 per ticket. Call (301) 791-6266 or visit hagerstownsuns.com to purchase tickets.
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