Some notes from tonight's Hagerstown game:
- The game was the second of three against the Orioles Single A team, the Delmarva Shorebirds. The Suns lost, 2-1, last night in their home opener. 2,000+ showed up for Hagerstown's first game of the season.
- Brad Pea**** pitched well tonight, but the stat sheet is going to say otherwise. The defense was abysmal, especially Stephen Souza. He had two errors, but also had numerous other miscues that cost runs/hits. The leftfielder, Jacobsen, also had some difficulties in the outfield tonight and probably could have done better to save some hits. To be fair, Delmarva had their share of errors tonight, as both teams combined for 7 errors. Pea****'s final line was 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (3 earned), 2 BB, and 5 SO.
- In reality, the game went to the Suns thanks in part to a complete meltdown by Shorebird reliever (Schindling), who came in for the Delmarva starter. He hit Labrie, then walked Guerro and Englund. Then Jacobsen knocked in all three with a bases clearing double. The Suns got 7 runs in the 5th inning, off of 4 hits. They finally drove in runs, which has been a major problem as of late.
- While Ronnie Labrie's 4 game hitting streak ended, he did get on base 4 times (2 errors, 1 walk, 1 HBP) and scored twice. He has really been impressing in the first part of the season.
- Derek Norris had a great day. He had two singles (one knocked the opposing starting pitcher out of the game) and a walk. Then, in the 6th inning and crushed a ball out of the park. The Shorebird's announcer acted like Norris was showboating or something and predicted that he would be beaned next time up. Never happened...
- Austin Garret came in after Pea**** and pitched well. He pitched 3.0 innings, let up one hit, one walk, one earned run, while striking out three. He has now struck out 5 batters in 4.1 innings of relief, but has let up 2 ER and 2 BB as well.
- Tomorrow, Jack McGeary takes the mound for the Suns as they try to take the rubber game and their first home series of the year.