KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (April 19, 2019) - The Hagerstown offense utilized a six-run sixth to vault them over the Kannapolis Intimidators 13-4 at Intimidators Stadium Friday night.With the game tied 4-4, the first five Suns (8-8) batters to come to the plate in the sixth reached base safely. Juan Pascal and Trey Vickers led
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (April 19, 2019) - The Hagerstown offense utilized a six-run sixth to vault them over the Kannapolis Intimidators 13-4 at Intimidators Stadium Friday night.
With the game tied 4-4, the first five Suns (8-8) batters to come to the plate in the sixth reached base safely. Juan Pascal and Trey Vickers led things off with back to back singles before Cody Wilson reached on a throwing error from pitcher Johan Dominguez (L, 0-1) that plated Pascal and sent Vickers to third.
Justin Connell hit a base knock to score Vickers before Israel Pineda dribbled a double up the middle to score Wilson. After a Kannapolis (4-10) mound visit, Gilbert Lara kept the inning going with an RBI base hit followed by a KJ Harrison 2-run double to put the Suns in front 10-4 with just one out in the inning.
Connell made another splash for the Suns. With Cody Wilson on the base paths, the left fielder launched a homer, his first of the season to bring Hagerstown within one in the top of the third with one out. The left fielder finished the day three-for-six with a double and a homer. He drove in three of the Suns 13 runs on the night.
The Suns have scored double-digits for the second time this season already, following scoring 11 Sunday April, 14 and Monday, April 15. Prior to that, the last time the Suns had scored at least 10 in back-to-back ball games was May 6-7, 2017. Hagerstown also set a season-high in hits, with 17 on the evening.
Connell, Harrison and Lara all finished with multiple RBI on the night in the rout of the Intimidators.
The bullpen shut down any chance of a Kannapolis rally in this one. Chandler Day breezed through three innings, fanning four and allowing just one hit. Following that, Jared Brasher and Aaron Fletcher combined for a scoreless ninth to end the game.
Tomas Alastre (W, 2-1) earned the win, tossing five frames, while allowing all four Kannapolis runs.
The Suns finish their series with the Intimidators at seven tomorrow at Intimidators Stadium. RHP Joan Adon (1-1, 3.86 ERA) hopes to keep the winning ways going for the Suns, while the Intimidators toss RHP Kade McClure (0-0, 5.87 ERA) to try to snap their six-game skid.
After an off day Sunday, Hagerstown returns to historic Municipal Stadium Monday for another seven-game homestand, where they host the Greenville Drive and Greensboro Grasshoppers April 22-April 28. The homestand begins with a Monday game against the Drive and that series concludes Wednesday with our first Bark in the Park of 2019. The Grasshoppers' series is highlighted by Thirsty Thursday, Friday Night Lights and Autism Awareness Night. Finally, the homestand concludes with Sunday Funday against the Grasshoppers, April 28. For tickets visit HagerstownSuns.com or call (301) 791-6066.