Suns powerless against West Virginia

April 06, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI |
  • Hagerstown's Justin Miller is plunked by a pitch in the first inning Friday night against West Virginia.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Suns were stuck in suspended animation.

The Suns didn’t move a muscle to score three runs against the West Virginia Power on Friday.

But then, again, Hagerstown’s offense barely twitched once it fell behind.

West Virginia’s pitching issued 10 walks, but only surrendered two hits, as it somehow rendered the Suns’ offense powerless in a 5-3 victory before 733 fans at Municipal Stadium.

If the game was a work of art, sculpting would have been the most effective medium. It was almost a still life.

The Power scratched out five runs with the help of some weird plays and four Suns errors to score five unanswered runs to get the win and send Hagerstown starter Brian Dupra to his first loss.

West Virginia erased a 3-0 deficit with a run in the third inning and three in the fourth to move ahead. The Power added an insurance run on the ninth.

The Suns (1-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings without the benefit of a hit as West Virginia’s Stetson Alie used home plate as a general direction rather than a focal point.

Hagerstown scored two runs in the first without moving a muscle as Alie had problems finding the plate in his first start of the season. He walked four and hit a batter to allow both runs before being lifted.

Twelve of Alie’s first 15 pitches were balls, including three wild pitches.

Brian Goodwin, Jason Martinson, J.P. Ramirez and Matt Skole drew consecutive walks to produce Hagerstown’s first run. Alie struck out Brett Newsome before ending his evening by hitting Justin Miller with a pitch to score the second run.

Mike Jefferson relieved Alie and struck out Cole Leonida and Caleb Ramsey to end the rally.

The Suns made it 3-0 in the second — again without a hit. Jefferson hit Bryce Ortega with a pitch. Ortega stole second before Goodwin walked and took third on Martinson’s grounder to short.

Ramirez scored the run with a sacrifice fly to left.

Neither of the Suns’ hits left the infield.

The Suns didn’t get their first hit until Ramsey singled off the leg of West Virginia reliever Jordan Cooper with one out in the sixth. He became the Suns’ 10th baserunner of the game with the hit.

Hagerstown’s only other hit came when catcher Cole Leonida bounced a grounder off the glove of West Virginia third baseman Eric Avila to lead off the eighth. Leonida reached third and Goodwin was at second after drawing his fourth walk of the night, but they were left stranded when Martinson was called out on strikes against Power reliever Emmanuel De Leon.

The Suns left 11 runners on base, including seven in scoring position.

West Virginia got a run back in the third against Dupra, starting with Alen Hanson’s double to right. Josh Hill moved him to third with a single to center before he scored on Willy Garcia’s sacrifice fly.

The Power overcame their pitching in the fourth inning, scoring three runs for a 4-3 lead.

Jose Osuna singled to left and took second on a fielding error by Ramirez. Dan Gamache brought in the run with a cue shot double over Skole’s head into left field.

The Power tied the game with the help of the Suns.

Elias Diaz walked and Eric Avila reached on a fielding error by Martinson at short to load the bases for Jodaneli Carvajal, whose grounder to Dupra at the right side of the mound scored the tying run.

West Virginia took the lead when Hanson popped an RBI single to short left-center that Ramirez and Goodwin stood and watched drop in between of them.

Bell drove in the insurance run in the ninth on a two-out single against Nathan Karns.

Dupra lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Todd Simko struck out two in 1 2/3 innings and Karns pitched the final four, striking out six.

Jefferson went 4 2/3 innings to earn the victory in relief, allowing a run on no hits with three hits and four walks. Hanson had two of West Virginia’s eight hits.

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