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Suns face Halladay in setback at Lakewood

August 20, 2013

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — The Hagerstown Suns held their own against two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay on Tuesday night, before falling 3-2 to the Lakewood BlueClaws.

The West Virginia Power also lost Tuesday and remain a half-game behind the Suns in the South Atlantic League Northern Division second-half standings. Hagerstown already clinched a playoff berth by winning the first-half title.

Halladay, on a rehab assignment for the Philadelphia Phillies, started Tuesday’s game and pitched six innings. The 36-year-old right-hander, who had shoulder surgery in May, allowed two runs (one earned), seven hits and three walks while striking out four in his second rehab start.

He left with the game tied 2-2.

The BlueClaws went ahead in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Art Charles.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the second against Halladay. Mike McQuillan singled, stole second and scored on a double by Estarlin Martinez.

Lakewood tied it in the bottom half on an RBI single by Carlos Tocci, and took a 2-1 lead in the third on back-to-back triples by Jiandido Tromp and Angelo Mora against Suns starter Kylin Turnbull.

The Suns tied the game in the fifth. Pedro Severino singled, went to second on a fielding error on the play and then scored from second on a sacrifice bunt by Stephen Perez.

Lee Ridenhour (1-0) pitched the final three innings for Lakewood to get the win.

Derek Self (0-3), the Suns’ second of three pitchers on the night, took the loss.

Each team had nine hits. McQuillan went 3-for-3 with a walk for Hagerstown.

On the move

The Washington Nationals announced Tuesday that pitcher Brett Mooneyham has been promoted from Hagerstown to Potomac, the Nats’ high Single-A affiliate. Mooneyham is set to start for Potomac on Thursday.

With the Suns, the left-hander went 10-3 with a 1.94 ERA in 17 starts. In 93 innings, Mooneyham allowed only 50 hits, walked 41, struck out 79 and had a 0.98 WHIP.

He was a third-round draft pick out of Stanford in 2012.

Hagerstown is receiving the services of two players being promoted from the short-season Single-A Auburn (N.Y.) Doubledays.

Jake Johansen, the Nationals’ top pick in the 2013 draft, will start for the Suns on Saturday at home against Greensboro. Johansen, a second-round selection, had a 1-1 record with a 1.06 ERA in 10 starts with Auburn.

Also joining the Suns will be Austin Voth, a fifth-round pick this year, who has split time between Auburn and the Gulf Coast League Nationals. He made seven starts with Auburn and was 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA.

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