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Raquet Shines in Suns 2-0 Loss on Friday

Hagerstown lefty strikes out career-high in fourth quality start
(John Slick)
May 11, 2018

Hagerstown, MD - Nick Raquet allowed one run over seven innings with seven strikeouts in a 2-0 Hagerstown Suns loss to the West Virginia Power on Friday night at Historic Municipal Stadium. The Suns fall to 10-24 overall and will start a four-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs on Saturday

Hagerstown, MD - Nick Raquet allowed one run over seven innings with seven strikeouts in a 2-0 Hagerstown Suns loss to the West Virginia Power on Friday night at Historic Municipal Stadium. The Suns fall to 10-24 overall and will start a four-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs on Saturday night with a 6:05 PM first pitch.

Raquet was dealing for the Suns on Friday night, retiring the first nine hitters he faced. Oneil Cruz singled to lead off the fourth, but Jeyner Baez threw him out trying to steal second. Raquet retired the next two hitters and struck out the side in the fifth. He allowed a two-out walk in the sixth to Raul Hernandez but stranded him at first base after inducing a groundout from Cruz to end the frame.
West Virginia got to Raquet in the seventh to score the first run of the game. The southpaw struck out his seventh hitter to start the inning by getting Chris Sharpe looking. Cal Mitchell doubled to center and Dylan Busby singled to left, moving Mitchell to third. Rodolfo Castro reached on a ball back to Raquet that he beat out, scoring Mitchell to give the Power a 1-0 advantage.
West Virginia scored again in the eighth against Hagerstown reliever Jared Brasher. Ryan Peurifoy doubled to left and went to third when Ben Bengtson dropped down a sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch scored Peurifoy and extended the Power lead, 2-0. The Suns were unable to mount any offense in the final two frames, going down in order in the ninth to end the game.
Raquet (2-4) took the loss, going 7.0 innings while allowing one run on four hits with seven strikeouts in a quality start. Brasher tossed 2.0 innings, allowing one run on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Notes: Raquet set a career-high with seven strikeouts… His seven innings of work also tops his previous high of 6.0 innings pitched… His 7.0 innings are the longest outing for a Suns pitcher this season… It's the third time this season he's held an opponent to one run or fewer while going 5.0 innings or more in a start… The Suns rotation has eight seven quality starts this season… Boggetto batted cleanup for the first time this season… Antuna had his eighth multi-hit game of the season… It was also his first three-hit game of the year… Nick Banks had an outfield assist in the seventh inning in a relay to throw out Busby at the plate… He leads the team with four outfield assists… Two of those have been on plays at the plate… The Suns are 1-4 in shutouts… Hagerstown is 1-2 when the offense has the same amount of hits as their opposition… The Suns were swept for the second time this season… The last time was when Delmarva took three games from Hagerstown, April 16-18… The Suns welcome the Charleston RiverDogs for a four-game series starting on Saturday with a 6:05 PM first pitch… Hagerstown will send RHP Tomas Alastre (1-1, 5.46 ERA) to the hill against RiverDogs RHP Garrett Whitlock (1-2, 1.06 ERA)… The broadcast can be heard, starting with the pregame show at 5:50 PM on www.hagerstownsuns.com by going to multimedia and "Listen Live" which also has downloads for a free app on the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android... The broadcast is also available on the Hagerstown Suns Radio Network in the Tune-In Radio App.