Suns benefit from wild Legends

August 10, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Lexington Legends got a little wild on Saturday.

But it allowed the Hagerstown Suns to party.

Lexington threw three wild pitches — and added a passed ball — leading directly to three Hagerstown runs in the Suns’ 8-3 victory that broke a three-game losing streak.

The Suns made the most out of 10 hits, including nine singles. 

Hagerstown (67-49, 29-20) remained 3 1/2 games behind West Virginia in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division second-half race.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the first against Lexington starter Greg Billo.

Mike McQuillan reached first on a fielder’s choice and moved to second when Shawn Pleffner walked before taking third on a wild pitch. He scored on a passed ball by Jin-Ho Shin.

Lexington quickly erased the deficit with two runs in the first off Hagerstown starter Pedro Encarnacion (9-7).

Terrance Gore singled and Bubba Starling walk before advancing on a double steal. Mark Donato hit a two-run single for the 2-1 lead.

The Suns took the lead for good with three runs in the second on a fielders’ choice grounder by Pedro Severino, Tony Renda’s RBI single and McQuillan’s groundout to make it 4-2.

Lexington moved to within 4-3 in the fourth as Alex Hudak led off with a triple snd scored on Fred Ford’s grounder.

The Suns made it 6-3 with two runs runs against Lexington reliever Aroni Nina in the fifth.

McQuillan singled and took third on Narciso Mesa’s double before scoring on a wild pitch. Mesa scored on Estarlin Martinez’s groundout.

Hagerstown added its final two runs in the eighth on another Nina wild pitch and a Severino single, the Suns’ third hit of the inning.

Encarnacion pitched six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out five. Derek Self, Bryan Harper and Gilberto Mendez came on to close out the game.

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