April 27, 2015

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliates Report April 26

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA-International League): The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the series finale to the Rochester Red Wings, 6-4, Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field. Syracuse put up three runs in the ninth inning, but Michael Tonkin came out of the bullpen to get the final out and his fifth save.

Rochester (9-7) started the third with a walk from Chiefs starter Taylor Jordan to Aaron Hicks. Two batters later, with Hicks on second base after a stolen base, Josmil Pinto singled in Hicks to give the Red Wings their third 1-0 lead of the series. Jordan then walked Reynaldo Rodriguez and allowed a single to Brock Peterson. After a force out at the plate, Jose Martinez singled in two more runs, ending Jordan’s day.

Syracuse (6-11) got one run back in the top of the fourth. Tony Gwynn, Jr. singled with one out off Pat Dean. Three batters later, after a strikeout and Mark Minicozzi walk, Kila Ka’aihue singled to centerfield, scoring Gwynn and getting the Chiefs on the board.

Syracuse mounted a ninth-inning rally off Stephen Pryor. Minicozzi doubled, Ka’aihue walked and Jason Martinson singled to load the bases. Matt den Dekker hit into a 4-6-3 double play, which scored Minicozzi to get the Chiefs within four. Cutter Dykstra then worked the count to 3-2 and launched a two-run shot to left field to make it a 6-4 game. Tonkin came out of the bullpen and got Steve Lerud to strike out for the save.

The Chiefs hit the road and open a four-game series with the defending Governor’s Cup Champion Pawtucket Red Sox tomorrow.  A.J. Cole is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Brian Johnson for Pawtucket. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.

HARRISBURG (AA-Eastern League): A home run by Reading’s Gustavo Pierre in the top of ninth inning proved to be the game-winner in the Fightin’ Phils 4-3 victory over the Harrisburg Senators in front a lively crowd of 4,386 Sunday at Metro Bank Park.

Tony Renda was 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the third inning that put the Senators up, 1-0. Harrisburg’s Paolo Espino pitched well in four scoreless innings to start his outing, but in the fifth inning he allowed a solo home run to Gabriel Lino that tied the game at 1-1. Espino walked the next batter and left with an apparent injury. Derek Self relieved Espino and allowed the runner to score via an RBI single that pushed Reading in front, 2-1. Self then allowed a solo homer in the sixth inning, but finished his outing with one run allowed in 1.2 innings. Sammy Solis impressed again with two scoreless frames in which he struck out a batter. Paul Demny was saddled with the loss after allowing Pierre’s game-winning homer in the ninth.

Harrisburg quickly put two runners on against left-handed reliever Ethan Stewart in the eighth inning. Reading replaced Stewart with Stephen Shackleford, who allowed a single to Harrisburg’s Derrick Robinson that loaded the bases with one out. Two batters later and with two outs, Brian Goodwin bounced a game-tying two-run single back up the middle. Harrisburg left two runners when the eighth inning ended. As a team, Harrisburg struck out 14 times – a season-high.

The Senators continue their home stand by welcoming in New Britain for a three-game series tomorrow night. Monday’s game will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Brian Rauh making his first start for Harrisburg this season.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (9-8 Overall, 4-6 Home) dropped both of their doubleheader contests on Sunday at Pfitzner Stadium to the Lynchburg Hillcats (7-10 Overall, 4-6 Road) in series Games Two and Three by the final scores of 6-5 and 6-3.

The Hillcats scored a total of 12 runs on 18 hits while the Nationals plated eight run tallies on 14 base knocks.

In Game One, Potomac starter, RHP Dakota Bacus also did not factor into a decision after throwing for 3.0 innings and surrendering three earned runs on four hits while walking two, fanning one, and allowing one home run.

The Nationals struck first with one run in the 1st inning on an RBI infield single from catcher Spencer Kieboom. Potomac pulled ahead in the second courtesy of a run-scoring two-bagger from SS Wilmer Difo, his first of three doubles in the contest. The P-Nats put up a two-run spot in the fourth on a two-run double blasted down the right field line by Difo making it a 4-3 lead.

Nationals RHP Jake Johansen (0-1), the losing pitcher of record who took his first loss of the campaign, allowed three unearned runs in the fifth inning to give the Hillcats a 6-4 advantage after a throwing error committed by Difo.  Johansen walked two, struck out two, and surrendered three base hits in his 1.2 innings.

Reliever David Napoli tossed 2.1 innings, hit one batter, and sat down a pair via the strikeout.

In the de facto “nightcap,” the Hillcats got out to an early 2-0 1st inning lead thanks to a two-run four-bagger from Rodriguez, his second tater of the afternoon, over the center field barrier to virtually the same spot as his first dinger in Game One of the double dip.

Game Two’s losing pitcher of record, LHP Matthew Spann (0-3) held Lynchburg scoreless in the 2nd and 3rd frames before the Hillcats brought home one run in the 4th on a run-scoring single from 2B Joe Sever to tie the game at 3-3.

Spann allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings while walking one and fanning four.

The series finale tomorrow night (Monday) will pit Potomac RHP Nick Pivetta (1-1, 0.53) against Lynchburg RHP Michael Peoples (0-1, 3.48) at 7:05pm. Gates to Pfitzner Stadium will open at 6:00pm on Monday night.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (8-9) managed to win a pair of one-run games against the Lakewood BlueClaws (8-10) over the weekend, coming away with a split of the four-game series in Lakewood. With the split the Suns record on the road this season now sits at 4-6.

Hagerstown secured its split of the series in New Jersey by registering a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon. The win came despite the Suns getting out-hit by the BlueClaws 7-4. Hagerstown went up 2-0 in the first inning thanks to back-to-back RBI singles by 1B Grant DeBruin and catcher Raudy Read and never looked back. Starting RHP Austen Williams (3-1) limited the BlueClaws to one earned run on four hits over six innings while striking out five to earn the win. LHP Joseph Webb kept Lakewood off the scoreboard for the final 1.2 frames to record his first save of the year.

The Suns next head home to Hagerstown to resume a game against the West Virginia Power (4-3) that was suspended due to rain in West Virginia on April 15. The game will be resumed beginning at 5:05pm in Hagerstown on Tuesday. Following the completion of that game, the Suns will then begin their originally scheduled three-game series against the Power, the first game of which will also be held on the 28th. Both the suspended game and the originally scheduled game on the 28th will be played as seven-inning games.

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report April 25

Compiled from team press releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA-International League): The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, split a doubleheader against the Rochester Red Wings Saturday afternoon at Frontier Field. Syracuse took game one 5-4 in come-from-behind fashion, and dropped game two 5-2.

In game one, Chiefs starter Scott McGregor surrendered three straight singles to Reynaldo Rodriguez, Danny Ortiz, and Jose Martinez, which plated the game’s first run.

The Chiefs (6-10) rallied in the sixth inning. Kila Ka’aihue started the inning with a single. Two batters later, Matt den Dekker hit a pop up right behind the mound which fell to the turf for an infield single, putting runners on first and second. Cutter Dykstra walked to load the bases. With two outs, Michael Taylor singled to bring the Chiefs within one. Tony Gwynn, Jr. then singled, bringing in Dykstra to tie the score. Ian Stewart followed with a ground-ball single, allowing Taylor to score and give the Chiefs their first lead.

In game two, the Red Wings broke the game open in the third. Jose Ortiz doubled to start the inning. Chiefs starter Bruce Billings then walked Eric Fryer, and Nate Hanson reached on an error by the shortstop Jason Martinson. With the bases loaded, Farris was hit by a pitch to force in Rochester’s third run. Diaz then singled home a fourth run, over the pulled-in infield. Billings was relieved by Mitch Lively, who walked Hicks to force in a fifth run before getting out of the frame.

The Chiefs and Red Wings play the finale of this three game set Sunday at Frontier Field. Taylor Jordan is slated to start for Syracuse opposite Pat Dean for Rochester. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35.

HARRISBURG (AA-Eastern League): Pedro Severino and Mario Lisson both hit two-run singles in a four-run eighth inning as the Harrisburg Senators beat the Reading Fightin’ Phils 7-4 in front of 3,672 fans at Metro Bank Park Saturday night.

With the score tied at 3-3, Tony Renda, Brian Goodwin and Shawn Pleffner all walked to load the bases with one out for Severino, who poked a line drive into left field to score two. Stephen Perez was hit by a pitch and Lisson followed with a two-run single to provide insurance for the Senators.

Joe Ross was outstanding in the first seven innings, shutting out Reading while allowing just two hits. Ross walked two batters and struck out a season-high eight batters. Abel De Los Santos allowed Reading to tie the game in eighth inning with three runs on four hits. However, De Los Santos picked up the victory despite being saddled with his first blown save of the season.

In his second rehab game with Harrisburg, Anthony Rendon played second base and went 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored.

The final game of the four-game series will begin at Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Harrisburg will shoot for a series win with right-hander Paolo Espino on the mound against Reading’s Tom Windle.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): The P-Nats (9-6-Overall, 4-4-Home) and Lynchburg Hillcats (5-10-Overall, 2-6-Road) had Game Two of their four-game series at The Pfitz rained out on Saturday night. The game has been postponed and re-scheduled as part of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon consisting of two seven-inning contests.

The gates will open at 12:00 pm with Game One slated to begin with a 1:05 pm first pitch and Game Two to begin approximately 30-45 minutes following the conclusion of Game One.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): A spirited Lakewood BlueClaws comeback fell one hit short on Saturday, as Carlos Tocci struck out swinging to end the game with the bases loaded in the 9th inning as Hagerstown topped the BlueClaws 6-5 on Saturday at FirstEnergy Park.

Hagerstown (7-9) got its first win of the series after the BlueClaws (8-9) had won the first two games of the four-game set, which wraps up on Sunday.

RC Orlan (1-0) was credited with the win after allowing two runs over three innings. Sam Johns allowed an unearned run in the 9th inning but got his first save.

The series concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 pm. LHP Elniery Garcia (1-1) starts for the BlueClaws against RHP Austen Williams (2-1).

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report April 24

Compiled from team releases:

SYRACUSE (AAA-International League): Due to inclement weather, Friday’s game between the Syracuse Chiefs and the Rochester Red Wings was postponed, marking the second straight postponement between the two teams. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Frontier Field in Rochester, with game one beginning at 12:35 p.m. Game two will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

Right-handers Scott McGregor, in game one, and Bruce Billings, in game two, are slated to start for Syracuse. Mark Hamburger and Pat Dean are scheduled to start for Rochester. The teams will also play a doubleheader in Syracuse on July 10 after yesterday’s postponement at NBT Bank Stadium.

HARRISBURG (AA Eastern League): In Anthony Rendon’s first rehab appearance, the Harrisburg Senators were unable to come back from a six-run deficit in a 7-4 loss to the Reading Fightin’ Phils before 3,265 fans at Metro Bank Park.

Rendon played five innings and went 1-for-2 with a double.

In his fourth start of the season, Austin Voth struggled, allowing seven runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Reading’s four-run fifth inning pushed it ahead, 7-1. James Simmons followed Voth with 1.1 scoreless frames. Paul Demny impressed in two scoreless innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out a batter. Bryan Harper finished off a solid collective bullpen outing by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Game three of the four-game series will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday night. Joe Ross will take the mound for Harrisburg against Reading’s Zach Eflin.

POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): Potomac’s (9-6-Overall, 4-4-Home) Wander Suero set a season high pitching seven innings while holding the Lynchburg Hillcats (5-10-Overall, 2-6-Road) to one unearned run on four hits and seven strikeouts in a P-Nats 3-1 win in Game One of the four game series at The Pfitz on Friday night.

It was Suero’s (3-0, 2.50) third start of the season and the third time he toed the rubber against Lynchburg in 2015, a winner in both previous starts against the Hillcats.

Saturday night, a 6:35 pm first pitch, will feature RHP Dakota Bacus (0-0, 2.57) making his second start of the season for Potomac against LHP Michael Rayl (0-1, 4.50) of Lynchburg.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Lakewood Blue Crabs manufactured a run in the bottom of the seventh inning and beat the Hagerstown Suns 2-1 on Friday in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Phillips Valdez allowed just one run — unearned — on four hits and no walks, striking out five over five innings for the Suns, but did not factor in the decision. Ryan Ullman relieved, and in his second inning of work was victimized for the game-winner. He gave up four hits and a run in his two innings of work.

The Suns got their run in the fifth. Jose Marmolejos-Dias singled, went to second on a groundout and scored on Grant DeBruin’s double. DeBruin finished 3 for 3 and is hitting .304 this season.

The series continues Saturday at 4:05 pm.

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliate Report April 23

Compiled from team press releases

SYRACUSE (AAA-International League): Due to inclement weather, Thursday’s game between the Syracuse Chiefs and the Rochester Red Wings has been postponed. The game will be made up as part of a Friday-night doubleheader on July 10th, with game one beginning at 5:05 p.m. Game two will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

“With snow, cold temperatures, and wind gusts in the forecast,” said Chiefs general manager Jason Smorol, “today is not fit for man or beast. We wanted to postpone this game for the safety of our fans and players. We’ll play two in July in the sunshine!”

HARRISBURG (AA-Eastern League): Behind seven shutout innings from Tim Alderson, the Harrisburg Senators beat the Reading Fightin’ Phils, 3-0, Monday at Metro Bank Park. Alderson surrendered just four hits, while walking two and striking out three batters. The tall right-hander threw 59 of 89 pitches for strikes.

 Following Alderson was Sammy Solis, who was making his first appearance at Metro Bank Park this season. Solis rode a live fastball to a scoreless eighth inning, stranding a runner following a one-out double. Gilberto Mendez earned his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Most of Harrisburg’s damage came in the first inning against Fightin’ Phils pitching prospect, Aaron Nola. Caleb Ramsey’s one-out triple got things started, and Tony Renda followed with an RBI single. Renda stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Reading catcher, Gabriel Lino. Matt Skole delivered a two-out, RBI single to put Harrisburg up 2-0 after one inning. The Senators offense remained quiet against Nola through seven innings, but added one in the eighth against Reading’s Elvis Araujo. Ramsey walked, moved to second on an errant pickoff throw and advanced to third on a Renda single. Ramsey scored Harrisburg’s third run on a Kevin Keyes fielder’s choice.

The Senators send Austin Voth to the hill tomorrow night for game two of the four-game set. He’ll face Reading’s Jesse Biddle in a 6:30 p.m. start. The game can be heard starting with the pregame show at 6:15 p.m. on Fox Sports 1460am and iHeart Radio.

POTOMAC (High-A-Carolina League): Off.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A-South Atlantic League): Tyler Viza and Jesen Therrien combined on a four hit shutout and the Lakewood Blue Claws beat the Hagerstown Suns 4-0 on Thursday in Lakewood. Drew Van Orden (L, 1-1, 3.38) allowed two runs on six hits and one walk, striking our four for the Suns (6-8). Alec Keller, Raudy Read, Grant DeBruin and David Masters collected Hagerstown’s four hits, all singles.

Deivi Grullion hit a two-run homer for Lakewood.

Game two of the four-game set is Friday night at 7:05 pm.

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliates Report April 22

Compiled from team press releases

SYRACUSE (AAA, International League): The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, fell to the Rochester Red Wings 11-7 at NBT Bank Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Jason Martinson, Michael Taylor and Ian Stewart had a home run apiece in the loss. Rochester rallied from a five-run deficit early in the ball game to defeat the Chiefs by four in the third-game of a four-game set.

The momentum completely shifted in the fourth inning as the Red Wings hitters got to starter Taylor Hill in the top half of the frame. Hill put the first two runners on in the inning but seemed to settle down as he recorded the next two outs. Rochester proceeded to score five runs with two away against the Syracuse starter. Doug Bernier started the rally with an RBI single to left. Aaron Hicks plated two more Red Wings with his first of two extra-base hits on the afternoon. Then, Eddie Rosario tied the score at 6-6 with a two-run home run.

Syracuse (5-9) and Rochester play the final game of a four-game series Thursday afternoon at 1:05. Chiefs right-hander Scott McGregor will try and salvage a split of the series against Red Wings right-hander Mark Hamburger.

HARRISBURG (AA, Eastern League): The Harrisburg Senators and the Altoona Curve were postponed Wednesday night due to rain and cold temperatures. No makeup date was announced.

The Senators will return home to begin a seven-game home stand tomorrow night. The first four games will be against the Reading Fightin’ Phils, followed by three games with the New Britain Rock Cats. Tomorrow night’s game will begin at 6:30 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A, Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (8-6 Overall, 5-2 Road) settled for a (5-2) two-city road trip after falling to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (7-6 Overall, 4-3 Home) on Wednesday afternoon inside Daniel S. Frawley Stadium by the final score of 6-3 in the series finale of a three-game set.

Wilmington used a five-run 5th inning attack to sink the red, white, and blue, and salvage the series with the lone victory. The Nationals stranded a season-high 13 runners on base and left the bases loaded on three occasions, but still managed to bang out 12 base hits.

Potomac starting slinger, RHP Blake Schwartz (0-2) shouldered his second loss of the 2015 journey after surrendering five earned runs (all scored in the 5th inning) on eight hits in 4.1 innings of work while walking two, striking out three, and hitting one batter.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A, South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (6-7) couldn’t maintain a one-run lead in the ninth inning Wednesday afternoon, and wound up falling to the Delmarva Shorebirds (7-6) by a final of 5-4. Despite the loss the Suns finished their first homestand of the 2015 season with a 4-3 record.

Delmarva began its ninth inning rally with a home run by LF Jamill Moquete into the visitor’s bullpen past the center field wall for his first homer of the season. That knotted the score at 4-4, but the rally wasn’t over yet. Catcher Jonah Heim then stepped to the plate and hit a double to left field. He went to third on a single by SS Jared Breen, and scored what wound up being the winning run on a groundout.

RHP David Ramos (0-2) was charged with the loss for Hagerstown. He pitched the final three innings for the Suns, allowing two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two.

The Suns next head to Lakewood, New Jersey to begin a four-game series against the Lakewood BlueClaws starting Thursday April 23. The Suns will send RHP Drew Van Orden (1-0) to the mound for his third start of the season. He will square off against RHP Tyler Viza (2-0) for Lakewood.

NATS/SUNS: Hagerstown to unveil 35th anniversary jersey


HAGERSTOWN, MD – The Hagerstown Suns announced today that the team will unveil its special 35th anniversary jersey on Monday, April 13 at a press conference at the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 3:00pm. This 35th anniversary jersey will be worn during each Saturday home game this season and is sponsored by the Hagerstown Suns Fan Club.

This specialty anniversary jersey is part of a season-long celebration for the 35th anniversary that will include at least one promotional activity and/or giveaway during each home stand of the 2015 season that will have a tie-in to the 35th anniversary celebration.

The jerseys will eventually be auctioned off following the Suns game against Kannapolis on Saturday, August 29. Replicas of the jerseys will be handed out to the first 1,000 fans who enter the Municipal Stadium gates for the Suns July 11 game against Delmarva thanks to Pepsi.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a non-profit private organization whose mission is to develop and market Washington County as a viable and desirable travel destination to meeting planners, leisure travelers, and business customers. Its offices are located at 16 Public Square in downtown Hagerstown.

The Suns begin the home portion of their 2015 season on Thursday, April 16 against the Lakewood BlueClaws. Two days later, on Saturday April 18, will be the first time the Suns will wear their 35th anniversary jerseys. In order to reserve your seats for either game call the Suns box office at 301-791-6266 or go to www.hagerstownsuns.com.

Hagerstown Suns Announce 2015 Promotional Schedule

The Hagerstown Suns have been a minor league affiliate for several different teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets and Washington Nationals, over the last thirty-five years so the anniversary promotional schedule will feature a variety of giveaways.

The first bobblehead will be handed out on Saturday, June 13, and will feature former Suns pitcher Mike Mussina. See press release below for the full promotional schedule.


Suns Announce 2015 promotional schedule

HAGERSTOWN, MD – The Hagerstown Suns announced today their promotional schedule for the 2015 season, which is the team’s 35th anniversary season. Many of the events highlighting the promotional schedule are part of a season-long anniversary celebration, and will bring some important parts of Suns history back to life, including the highlighting of some former Suns players who have made their mark in Hagerstown over the years.

Fittingly, the promotional schedule kicks off on the night of the home opener on Thursday, April 16. Dane Anthony, who threw the first pitch in Hagerstown Suns history back in 1981, will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Also that night there will be a ceremony in the beer garden as Antietam Brewery will be unveiling a special 35th anniversary brew and tap, which will be sold throughout the season. 2015 Magnet Schedules will be handed out to fans on opening night and throughout opening weekend, and on Friday and Saturday April 17 & 18, the first 500 fans will receive a Suns specialty beer mug that they will be able to use throughout the season to receive discounts on beer.

Also, on Saturday, April 18, the Suns players will debut their special 35th anniversary throwback jerseys sponsored by the Hagerstown Suns Fan Club, as well as throwback hats that were both designed to combine several looks of the past. These will be worn each Saturday home game, and live auctions will be held for both later in the season (hats – July 11, jerseys – August 29).

Another alternate jersey the Suns will wear this season will be a camouflage jersey. This jersey will be worn for most Friday home games, as well as some of the military appreciation games. On Friday, August 21, the jersey will be auctioned off following the game with all proceeds going to “Folds of Honor”, which is an organization that provides annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty.

In total there will be three bobbleheads given away during the 2015 season. The first bobblehead will be handed out on Saturday, June 13, and will feature former Suns pitcher Mike Mussina. A little more than a month later, on Saturday, July 25, a Dane Anthony bobblehead will be handed out to the first 1,000 fans. The final bobblehead giveaway of the year will take place on Saturday, August 22, and is presented by the Hagerstown – Washington County CVB. That bobblehead will be revealed at a later date.

Bobbleheads aren’t the only items that fans will get to take home from a game at Municipal Stadium this season. Other giveaway items include a poster with various program covers from previous seasons (May 2), a special 35th anniversary logo hat (May 30), a pink mini-bat key chain as part of pink weekend (June 12), a poster with various baseball cards of Suns players from previous years (June 20), and a Suns logo baseball (August 8).

Many of the Suns traditional weekly promotions will be back this season as well, including “Thirsty Thursday”, “Eats for Seats Tuesday”, and “Sunday Funday”. In addition, there will be new weekly promotions on Monday and Wednesday. Every Monday home game in 2015 will be a “Mega Monday”, when fans will have the opportunity to purchase four GA tickets loaded with $5.00 each to be used in the stadium for a total of $40.00 (a $16.00 savings). Or, fans on Mondays can purchase a single loaded GA ticket for a discounted price. The majority of Wednesday home games this season will be “Guaranteed WinsDay”, which means if the Suns don’t win on that particular Wednesday all fans in attendance will receive a free ticket to the next Wednesday home game.

As is custom at Municipal Stadium, there will be a bunch of Fireworks shows throughout the season as well. The first Fireworks show will take place following the game on Friday, May 15. In total there will be nine Fireworks shows throughout the season, and all of them will be on Friday nights.

Once again this year there will be happy hour pricing on 16-ounce cans of select domestic beers prior to every home game. The happy hour pricing will begin as soon as the gates open and will last until the first pitch is thrown. There are four games this season (May 29, June 12, July 3, and August 7) when there will be an extended happy hour, meaning the gates will open earlier than normal (4:30pm) and there will be live entertainment prior to the start of the game.

New in 2015 will be theme nights to go along with each “Thirsty Thursday” game. The themes this season include college night (April 30), country night (May 14), ladies night (May 28 and August 20), golf night (July 9), 80’s night (July 23), and 90’s night (August 6). For some of the theme nights, fans who dress up in that night’s theme will receive a discounted GA ticket. Details on all of the specific theme nights can be found on the promotions page of the Suns website.

Another new promotion in 2015 will be the “Weekday Matinee”. The Suns will have four weekday games (May 4, June 3, August 5, September 2) begin at 1:05pm. Fans can get tickets to these matinee games for just $5.00 (GA ticket) or $7.00 (Reserved ticket). Once inside the stadium, fans can grab a hot dog for $2.00 and/or a domestic draft beer for $3.00, making these games the perfect lunch break entertainment (and no one will tell your boss if you decide to stay for the whole game).

Additional special events taking place this season will include two Education Days (April 22 and May 20), four Antietam Cable Date Nights (April 28, May 17, June 30, and August 18), a college fair (May 1), four Nora Roberts Reading Challenge games (May 2, May 3, May 16, and May 17), five military appreciation games (May 16, May 29 – 31, July 3), Craft Brew night (July 2), Kids night (July 22), two movie nights (July 12 and August 28), Christmas in July (July 25), Camp Day (July 28), First Responders night (August 7), and Teacher and School Staff Appreciation night (June 12).

Lastly, the Suns organization will be hosting an inaugural Beer Tasting Festival, which will take place on Saturday, June 27 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. There is no game that day as the Suns will be away on the road. Tickets are already on sale.

For more information on all of the promotions and giveaways throughout the 2015 season and to reserve your seats at Municipal Stadium, call 301-791-6266, or go to www.hagerstownsuns.com.

Hagerstown Suns fall in Game 5 to Asheville

Courtesy Hagerstown Suns

HAGERSTOWN, MD – The Hagerstown Suns (2-3, 87-53) closed their 2014 season by falling to the Asheville Tourists (3-2, 89-49) by a final of 4-1 in game five of the best-of-five South Atlantic League Championship Series on Saturday night. It is the second year in a row the Suns have lost in the South Atlantic League Championship Series.

The Tourists wasted no time going ahead on Saturday, as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Third baseman Ryan McMahon drew a two-out walk, and he advanced to second on a throwing error by RHP Nick Pivetta (0-2). McMahon scored from second on a line drive single to right by 1B Correlle Prime.

The Asheville lead grew to two in the third. With one out DH Raimel Tapia sent a ball out of the park over the center field wall for his first homerun of the postseason, making it 2-0 Tourists. The lead doubled in the fourth thanks to a two-out, two-run double by 2B Zach Osborne, which brought Prime home from second and catcher Jose Briceno home from first. That made it 4-0 Asheville after three and a half innings.

The lead remained at 4-0 until the eighth, when Hagerstown picked up its only run. Center fielder Rafael Bautista reached first on a fielding error by McMahon. Second baseman Wilmer Difo then singled to right, pushing Bautista to third. Bautista scored from third on a groundout to short by LF Narciso Mesa, setting the final score at 4-1.

Hagerstown Suns even series with Asheville at two games apiece

The Hagerstown Suns (2-2, 87-53) eliminated a three-run deficit with a five-run sixth inning on Friday night en route to a 6-3 win over the Asheville Tourists (2-2, 89-49) in game four of the South Atlantic League Championship Series at Municipal Stadium. The win by the Suns evens the best-of-five series at two games apiece.

Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Suns began the frame with a single to left by LF Narciso Mesa. Two batters later, 3B Drew Ward drew a walk, which forced Asheville to make their first pitching change of the night. In came RHP Trent Blank (0-1), and after striking out the first batter he faced he gave up a two-out triple to 1B Jimmy Yezzo, which drove in both runners on base to make it 3-2. Yezzo then scored from third on a fielding error by 3B Ryan McMahon, which allowed SS David Masters to reach first. Following the error, RF Cody Dent came to the plate and he blasted a two-run homer over the right-center field wall to put Hagerstown ahead 5-3.

The Suns built their lead to three the next inning thanks to a two-out single by Yezzo with the bases loaded. That brought home Catcher Craig Manuel from third and wound up setting the final score. Yezzo finished the night with three hits and three RBI.

Washington Nationals’ Lucas Giolito, Wilmer Difo Win End of Year Awards

On Thursday afternoon, the South Atlantic League announced its 2014 Annual All-Star Team, as well as league MVP, Most Outstanding Pitcher and Most Outstanding MLB Prospect. A pair of Hagerstown Suns, Lucas Giolito and Wilmer Difo, took home several of those awards. [Read more…]

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