Bacus unhittable in Suns debut

Acquired from A's, righty doesn't miss a beat in Hagerstown

Dakota Bacus had 90 strikeouts over 121 1/3 innings in the Midwest League. (Beloit Snappers)

By Ashley Marshall / | August 28, 2013 8:24 PM ET

Seven days, two organizations, one common theme.

Acquired from the A's last week, just 24 hours after pitching six shutout innings, Dakota Bacus didn't let a change of scenery affect him.

In fact, he wasn't fazed by anything. Not by a different locker room or coaching staff, not by his new teammates or the new city he'll be calling home for at least the next couple weeks and certainly not by the unfamiliar faces staring back at him from the batter's box.

Bacus allowed one hit over six scoreless frames in his debut in the Nationals organization on Wednesday night, pitching Class A Hagerstown to a 4-2 triumph over Lakewood at Municipal Stadium.

The outing was almost a carbon copy of his final start as a member of the Beloit Snappers, for whom he gave up three hits over six shutout innings in an 8-5 win over Kane County on Aug. 21.

Sent to the Nationals in the deal that returned catcher Kurt Suzuki to Oakland, Bacus issued four walks and struck out two batters in the win, his 10th at the Class A level.

After walking two batters in the first inning, the 22-year-old right-hander retired eight BlueClaws in a row. He issued two more free passes in the fourth but again escaped unharmed.

Chace Numata broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the fifth, but Bacus (1-0) proceeded to set down the final six batters he faced.

Selected by the A's in the ninth round of last year's Draft, the Indiana State product went 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 26 games -- including 16 starts -- in the Midwest League.

Justin Thomas came on in the seventh and allowed two runs on two hits over two innings before Bryan Harper worked around a walk in the ninth for his first professional save.

Lakewood starter Ramon Oviedo (1-4) lost his fourth straight decision, surrendering two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings.

Ashley Marshall is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter at @AshMarshallMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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