Suns shine in season opener

April 07, 2011

ROME, Ga. — Bryce Harper got most of the hype for the Hagerstown Suns on Thursday night.

The top draft pick with the big bat lived up to that hype, going 2-for-4 in his professional debut.

But in the end, the Suns won their season opener with a little small ball, scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning to take a 3-2 win over the Rome Braves.

Jason Martinson’s single to center field drove in Wade Moore with the eventual winning run in the seventh and Ben Graham recorded a six-out save.

Moore led off the Hagerstown seventh with a walk. After Blake Kelso fouled out to first base, Moore stole second and advanced to third when catcher Christian Bethancourt’s throw sailed into center field. Martinson followed with the game-winning hit.

Harper had a hand in the Suns’ first two runs, driving in the first in the first inning with a single.

In the third, he reached on a bunt and was then picked off first base, but Randolph Oduber scored from third on the play.

Hagerstown starter Cameron Selik pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out four.

Taylor Jordan ended up getting the win for Hagerstown, despite giving up both Rome runs in the sixth inning.

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