LAKEWOOD, N.J. — After a successful homestand to start the season, the Hagerstown Suns played their first road game Thursday night.
The Lakewood BlueClaws greeted them rather rudely.
Lakewood exploded for six runs in the first inning and cruised to an 8-1 victory over Hagerstown in a South Atlantic League game.
Suns starter Alex Meyer (1-1) didn’t get out of the opening frame, allowing three hits and two walks — and he didn’t get much help from his defense, which committed two errors.
Gauntlett Eldemire led off with a single and went to second on right fielder Caleb Ramsey’s error. With one out, Kelly Dugan ripped a double to left to score Eldemire. After a walk, Aaron Altherr hit a two-run double to center for a 3-0 BlueClaws lead.
After another walk, Altherr stole third and scored when catcher Adrian Nieto’s throw got away for the second error.
Meyer was pulled after getting the second out with a strikeout. Gregory Holt came in and immediately gave up Logan Moore’s two-run home run to right.
The Suns (5-3) got a run in the fifth when Jason Martinson led off with a single, advanced all the way to third on a throwing error and scored on J.P. Ramirez’s groundout to cut the lead to 6-1.
Lakewood (3-5) made it 7-1 in the bottom of the fifth off Suns reliever Todd Simko. Eldemire led off with a walk, stole second, took third on Brian Pointer’s single and scored when Dugan hit into a double play.
The BlueClaws made it 8-1 in the seventh off Bobby Lucas, who walked the first two hitters he faced. Dugan singled in Eldemire before Lucas got out of the jam with three straight strikeouts.
BlueClaws starter Mike Nesseth (1-1) pitched five sharp innings, allowing five hits and two walks in five innings. The run he allowed was unearned.