SALISURY, MD (June 9, 2019) - Ryan Tapani twirled five scoreless innings and Gilbert Lara mashed three runs home as the Suns defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 3-1 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Tapani (W, 3-4) worked a career-high five innings while fanning four batters in the win. The Creighton-product handed the ball to Ryan Williamson, who allowed one run across three innings before giving way to Trey Turner, who offered a scoreless ninth to shut down the Shorebirds (46-16).
Hagerstown (28-35) got the bats going early for the day game. Lara smacked his eighth homer of the year over the right field fence with two away in the top of the first.
Two innings later, the Suns added to their lead behind back-to-back RBI singles from Lara and Jacob Rhinesmith to put Hagerstown in front 3-0.
Lara was not finished there though, he laid down a sacrifice bunt in the ninth to score Cody Wilson right after Kyle Marinconz laced a single down the left field line to put the final score on the board at 5-1.
The Suns head home tomorrow to take on the Lakewood BlueClaws. LHP Tim Cate (4-4, 2.45 ERA) gets the nod for Hagerstown, while Lakewood sends RHP Tyler McKay (2-3, 4.95 ERA) to the bump.
After the seven-game road trip, the Suns return to Municipal Stadium May 10 to begin a seven-game homestand against the BlueClaws and the West Virginia Power. The stretch is filled with great promotions, including Bark in the Park, Thirsty Thursday, Pink Night and Sunday Funday! For tickets or more information visit hagerstownsuns.com or call 301-791-6266.
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