LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bryce Harper hit his first home run as a Hagerstown Sun, a two-run shot in the third inning of the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader split with the Lexington Legends in the South Atlantic League.
Harper’s home run, coming in his 23rd official at-bat of the season, gave Hagerstown a 4-0 lead, but Lexington rallied for a 6-4 victory in the nightcap to hand the Suns their first loss of the season.
The Suns won the first game 1-0 on Mills Rogers’ RBI double in the sixth inning.
Hagerstown (6-1) took the lead early in the nightcap. Blake Kelso led off the first inning with a single, Adrian Sanchez walked and Kelso took third on Bryce Harper’s flyout before scoring on Randolph Oduber’s fielder’s choice groundout.
The Suns made it 2-0 in the second. Wade Moore led off with a single, Cole Leonida walked and the runners moved to second and third on Brett Newsome’s groundout before Moore scored on a passed ball.
Harper’s homer gave the Suns a four-run lead before the Legends (3-4) cut it to 4-2 in the bottom of the third on solo home runs by Tyler Burnett and Delino DeShields Jr. off Hagerstown starter Paul Applebee (0-1).
Lexington scored four runs in the fifth to take a 6-4 lead. Ben Orloff’s single and walks to Burnett and Enrique Hernandez loaded the bases and led to Applebee being replaced by Sam Brown. Chris Wallace hit a two-run single, a throwing error by catcher Leonida allowed the third run and Adam Bailey added an RBI single.
Both Lexington manager Rodney Linares and Hagerstown manager Brian Daubach were ejected by home plate umpire Ryan Clark — Linares to start the fifth inning and Daubach to start the bottom of the sixth.
In the opener, Mills’ RBI double scored Sanchez with the only run.
Sanchez was hit by a pitch from Lexington starter Michael Foltynewicz leading off the sixth inning. Harper walked before David Freitas grounded into a 6-4-3 double play that left Sanchez at third with two outs. Rogers came through with a shot to center.
Suns starter Cameron Selik got his first win of the season with five innings of four-hit ball, striking out five and walking two. Wilson Eusebio got his first save with two hitless innings, striking out three and walking one.
Rogers hit two doubles in three at-bats in the opener. Harper went 1-for-2 with a single and the walk, and finished the doubleheader 2-for-6 to raise his average to .240 (6-for-25).