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Suns meet Power's challenge

September 04, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Hagerstown Suns knew the South Atlantic League playoffs were going to be a challenge.

They were facing a red-hot team from West Virginia and one of its top pitchers in Tyler Glasnow.

It was a matter of doing what they do best.

And the Suns did just that. Hagerstown used some of the patience and aggressiveness it used to win a first-half title and scored a 6-1 win on Wednesday in the opening game of the South Atlantic League Northern Division best-of-3 playoffs.

The Suns, with the 1-0 lead, can close out the series and advance to the league championship on Friday when the series moves to Municipal Stadium for a 7:05 game.

The Suns jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning against Glasnow, who was done in by his own wildness.

Pedro Severino and Stephen Perez led off the inning with singles and Tony Renda drew a one-out walk to load the bases.

Glasnow helped Hagerstown to the lead by walking Shawn Pleffner and uncorking a wild pitch to score Perez. Wander Ramos capped the rally with a two-run double to center.

The Suns added a run in the sixth inning, starting with Severino’s leadoff single against Power reliever Kyle Haynes. Isaac Ballou advanced Severino to third with a double to center before Renda drove in the run with a grounder to third for a 5-0 lead.

The Power got a run back in the bottom of the sixth when Raul Fortunato RBI double down the left-field line against Suns reliever Ian Dickson.

The Suns got the run back in the seventh inning as Bryan Lippincott hit a one-out single and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt.

Estarlin Martinez followed with an RBI single for the 6-1 lead.

Suns starter Austin Voth pitched five innings to get the win, allowing no runs on three hits. He left the game after being hit with a line drive in the fifth.

Glasnow lasted 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on three hits, with three walks and five strikeouts in the loss.

Severino and Perez led the Suns with two hits each, while Ramos collected a pair of RBIs.

Ronald Pena closed out the game by pitching the final 1 2/3 innings.

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