Advertisement

Miller goes deep twice as Suns surge past Power

April 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Brandon Miller hit two home runs, Mike McQuillan also went deep and the Hagerstown Suns ripped 18 hits and pounded the West Virginia Power 14-4 in Saturday’s South Atlantic League contest.

The Suns (10-7) opened the scoring in the second inning off Power starter Clay Holmes (1-1). Wander Ramos walked and came around on two-out singles by Hunter Bailey and Pedro Severino.

Hagerstown doubled its lead in the third. Wes Schill drew a one-out walk, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on McQuillan’s groundout.

The Suns made it 3-0 in the fourth. Miller led off with a double to left, and two walks loaded the bases with no outs. Stephen Perez’s sacrifice fly scored Miller.

West Virginia (7-10) got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Dilson Herrera led off with an infield single and Josh Bell reached when Suns second baseman Tony Renda booted a chance. Stetson Allie followed with an RBI double to right, but Dixon Anderson retired the next three hitters.

Hagerstown answered by touching reliever Lance Breedlove for three runs in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead. McQuillan — the first hitter Breedlove faced — led off with a home run to right. Shawn Pleffner singled to right, Ramos walked and Bailey and Severino each hit RBI singles.

In the bottom half, Walker Gourley hit a one-out triple to left, a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases, and Gourley scored on Josh Bell’s sacrifice fly as the Power cut the lead to 6-2 and chased Anderson. Will Hudgins (2-0) entered and gave up Stetson Allie’s sacrifice fly that made it 6-3.

The Suns busted it open with seven runs in the sixth to make it 13-3. Schill, McQuillan and Pleffner opened the inning with singles — Pleffner driving in Schill with his — and Ramos hit a two-run double to right to chase Breedlove. Miller welcomed reliever Jason Creasy with a two-run homer to left. With two outs, Perez singled, Renda hit a ground-rule double to right and Schill drove a two-run double to center.

West Virginia cut the lead to 13-4 in the bottom of the sixth on an error, a hit batter and two groundouts.

Hagerstown tacked on a run in the ninth on Miller’s second home run.

Advertisement
The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|