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By DAN DEARTH | | April 15, 2011
Hagerstown Suns fans worked themselves into a frenzy when Bryce Harper stepped up to the plate for his first at bat during the Suns' home opener Friday evening at Municipal Stadium. The initial roar of the crowd quickly died, however, as the No. 1 draft pick in the 2010 Major League Draft was thrown out at first base after he hit a broken-bat grounder to the Lakewood BlueClaws' shortstop. The mood at the park before the game was electric. Some fans wore Harper jerseys, while others donned T-Shirts that said "Harperstown.
November 17, 2012
Thumbs up to everyone in the Tri-State area who organized, participated in or attended Veterans Day ceremonies this week. Taking the time to honor those who have sacrificed so much so that we may enjoy our freedoms is a worthy endeavor. Thumbs up to the Baseball Writers' Association of America for recognizing Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson and rookie Bryce Harper with postseason awards. The pair made the past season exciting and gave fans hope for the coming season.
May 16, 2011
The Hagerstown Suns completed a four-game sweep of Lakewood, scoring five runs in the top of the 12th inning to beat the BlueClaws 8-3 on Monday. Brett Newsome scored what proved to be the winning run, coming home when David Freitas was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Randolph Oduber followed with a two-run single and Michael Taylor added a two-run triple before Lakewood reliever Colby Shreve (2-3) could get out of the inning. Sam Brown (1-0) retired the BlueClaws in order in the bottom of the 12th to earn the win. Blake Kelso had three hits for the Suns, while Bryce Harper — who had his 18-game hitting streak halted Sunday — had his second straight hitless game, going 0-for-5.
By BOB PARASILITI | | March 17, 2011
Whenever Bryce Harper comes to bat for the Hagerstown Suns, it is going to be a hit-and-Miss proposition. Harper, the Washington Nationals’ and baseball’s top selection in the 2010 draft, will always be looking for a hit when he comes to the plate at Municipal Stadium. And he will always be sponsored by Miss Utility. Miss Utility took quick advantage of last Saturday’s announcement that Harper had been optioned to Hagerstown to propose and sign a deal which would allow the excavation and demolition notification center to sponsor every one of the top prospect’s home at-bats.
May 29, 2011
Bryce Harper, Wade Moore and Jason Martinson each went deep on Sunday, and the Hagerstown Suns used a six-run sixth inning to pull away from the Kannapolis Intimidators 10-5 in South Atlantic League action. The Suns (31-18), who hold a 3-game lead in the Northern Division, took a 1-0 lead off Intimidators starter Dexter Carter (0-1) in the second inning on three walks and Michael Taylor’s sacrifice fly. Hagerstown made it 2-0 in the third. Bryce Harper drew a one-out walk and David Freitas followed with a double to left, sending Harper to third.
April 12, 2011
Adrian Sanchez did his part to keep the Hagerstown Suns undefeated. Hagerstown’s second baseman accounted for four runs — three coming on RBIs — to lead the Suns to a 5-0 record with a 5-1 victory over Lexington on Tuesday. Sanchez scored in the first inning, drove in two in the second and brought home an insurance run in the seventh in a 2-for-4 night. Sanchez’s support was about all Hagerstown’s pitching needed. Starter Taylor Jordan (2-0) threw five innings of two-hit ball with a walk and five strikeouts for the win. Shane McCatty went two innings, allowing Lexington’s only run in the seventh.
April 14, 2011
The Lexington Legends took a page out of Hagerstown’s success manual and put it to good use. The Legends jumped out to an early lead — scoring two runs in the first inning — and made it stand up on Thursday in a 7-0 shutout of the Suns. The Suns ended their season-opening, eight-game road trip with a 6-2 record before heading home for tonight’s home opener against Lakewood. In five of the six wins, the Suns scored first. After opening the season by winning their first six games, the Suns have lost two straight.
April 26, 2011
On the day he was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week, Hagerstown Suns starter Cameron Selik made his case for winning the honor again. The right-hander pitched eight shutout innings in the Suns’ 3-0 victory over West Virginia on Monday. Selik (2-0), who has yet to allow a run this season in 23 innings, scattered six hits while walking none and striking out three. The Suns (11-7) took a 1-0 lead in the first. Randolph Oduber led off with a double, went to third on a groundout and scored on an error.
May 31, 2011
Blake Kelso went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run and a trio of Hagerstown pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout in the Suns’ 3-0 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators (27-23) on Tuesday night. The Suns (32-20) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Kannapolis starter Steven Upchurch (1-4). Kelso hit a leadoff double to left, took second on a sacrifice bunt by Adrian Sanchez and scored on a single to center by Bryce Harper. The Suns extended their lead to 2-0 in the third against Upchurch on Kelso’s one-out, solo home run to left.
September 9, 2013
Gio Gonzalez was inches from a no-hitter and the Washington Nationals hit five home runs Monday night, including long balls by their first two batters, in a 9-0 rout of the New York Mets. Gonzalez held the overmatched Mets hitless into the seventh before pinch-hitter Zach Lutz broke up the bid with a soft single for New York's only hit. Lutz swung at the first pitch of the inning and hit a looper that landed on the first base line, taking out a chunk of chalk well behind the bag. First baseman Adam LaRoche made a diving attempt as the ball hit the dirt, but it squirted by and into foul territory along the right field line.
September 2, 2013
Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Philadelphia's two-run eighth inning, helping the Phillies edge the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Monday night. Cesar Hernandez started the winning rally with a two-out walk against Tyler Clippard (6-3). He came around to score on Jimmy Rollins' double. After Chase Utley was walked intentionally, Ruiz drove in Rollins with a single to left. B.J. Rosenberg (1-0) recorded the final out of the eighth for the win and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 24th save in 30 chances.
August 30, 2013
Gio Gonzalez loves how the Washington Nationals are playing right now, and it's easy to see why. Gonzalez pitched seven crisp innings and Washington slugged three homers in a 9-0 victory over the sliding Miami Marlins on Thursday night. "We're getting our groove back," Gonzalez said. "I think that you can see it live, and the chemistry in here is just getting better and better. I think it's the music choice. I don't know what it is, but I think that our guys out there are having more fun up there at the plate.
August 24, 2013
Jordan Zimmermann rebounded from one of his worst career outings to go 7 2/3 strong innings, Ian Desmond hit his 18th home run, and the Washington Nationals beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Saturday night. Zimmermann (15-7) tied St. Louis' Adam Wainwright for the league lead in wins and sparked the surging Nationals to their fifth straight win, all on the road. The right-hander, who allowed eight runs in five innings at Chicago last Monday, was charged with two runs and eight hits.
August 16, 2013
Justin Upton hit a home run with one out in the 10th inning to power Atlanta to a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday night as the Braves continued their domination of the season series. Upton's 23rd homer to left-center came on a 2-2 pitch from Ian Krol (1-1). Scott Downs (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for Atlanta. Washington's Bryce Harper was hit by pitches in the fourth and eighth innings. Home plate umpire Marty Foster warned both benches after Luis Avilan hit Harper on his shoulder in the eighth.
August 10, 2013
Jayson Werth launched a two-run homer in the seventh inning for his 1,000th career hit, highlighting a five-run rally that sent the Washington Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5 Saturday night. Werth got three hits, including an RBI single in the fourth and his two-out, tiebreaking shot off reliever Zach Miner. In his second major league game, Tanner Roark (1-0) pitched two spotless innings. Tyler Clippard surrendered Domonic Brown's 26th home run in the eighth and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 29th save.
August 7, 2013
Jason Heyward singled and Justin Upton doubled in a three-run eighth inning Wednesday night in the Atlanta Braves' sweep-capping 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals, a game played nicely by both sides one night after a fastball to Bryce Harper's thigh cleared both benches. Upton also homered, and Kris Medlen (9-10) allowed three runs and three hits over seven innings as the Braves won their 13th straight to take a staggering-for-early-August 15 1/2-game lead over the second-place Nationals in the NL East.
August 6, 2013
Hit by a pitch two innings after homering, Bryce Harper jawed and pointed at Atlanta's Julio Teheran, and the dugouts and bullpens emptied, but the only haymakers thrown during the NL East-leading Braves' 2-1 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday night came from the teams' Twitter feeds. All in all, it was the sort of stuff rivalries and high-drama playoff chases are made of. Except, in this particular case, Evan Gattis' two-run single in the fifth inning and the six innings thrown by Teheran (9-5)
July 27, 2013
Dan Haren's season-long struggles have hampered the Nationals. His latest outing was something different. He's got the win to prove it. Haren won for the first time since May 9, backed by home runs from Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond and Denard Span that powered the Washington to a 4-1 win over the New York Mets on Saturday. Haren (5-11) pitched seven innings, allowing one run and three hits. “How 'bout Haren? How 'bout that,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said, excitedly.
July 25, 2013
For a kid who's still only 20 and had yet to hit a game-ending homer in his nascent career, Bryce Harper sure inspired a lot of confidence in his teammates as he walked to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. “You could feel it. You could just feel it in the dugout,” reliever Ian Krol said. “You know something special's going to happen when you put him in that kind of situation.” The score was tied, a man was on base, and Harper was hoping to do something to avert what could have become a devastating defeat for the Washington Nationals.
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