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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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Hagerstown Suns �3, �West Virginia Power �1 (box)

The Power put runners on base, but could only get one of them around to score on Friday night in Hagerstown. � The Power had at least one runner on in six different innings, but left 9 on base. �Their only run came in the 8th inning, when 2B Jarek Cunningham led off with a single, advanced to second on a ground out by 1B Aaron Baker, on to third on RF David Rubinstein’s single, and then scored on C Ramon Cabrera’s single.

West Virginia had loaded the bases in the 2nd, on Rubinstein’s walk, and singles by Cabrera and DH Jose Hernandez. A ground out ended the inning without a run scoring. �LF Kyle Morgan led off the 7th with a single, then went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hernandez. �CF Evan Chambers lined a single into right field, and Morgan rounded third and headed for home — but he was cut down at the plate on the throw in from the outfield. Cunningham had the only extra-base hit for the Power, a double in the 3rd inning.

Melkin Laureano pitched 4 scoreless inning for the Power. �Over the first four innings, Laureano faced only one batter over the minimum, when he walked a batter in the third. �The 5th inning began with three consecutive singles, but LF Morgan threw out the lead runner at the plate, but a ground out and another single plated 2 runs. �The Suns added another run in the 6th on two doubles off reliever Gabriel Alvarado. Alvarado pitched a scoreless 7th inning, and Ryan Kelly retired the side in the 8th. �Laureano was charged with the loss, his 3rd of the season.

Richmond Flying Squirrels �7, �Altoona Curve �1 (box)

This game is currently in a delay in the 8th inning in Richmond, Virginia….

The Curve scored first, with a run in the top of the 1st. �SS Chase d’Arnaud began the game with a walk, adn went to second base on CF Gorkys Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt. �A throwing error on a pick-off attempt let d’Arnaud reach third base, and he came in to score on 3B Jordy Mercer’s single into right field. �After that, the Curve put a long string of donuts onto the scoreboard. �2B/LF Shelby Ford tripled in the 2nd, �d’Arnaud walked in the 5th, and LF/CF Alex Presley singled to lead off the 7th, but they all were left on base. �The Curve came closest to scoring again in the 4th, when they had three consecutive two-out singles, by C Hector Gimenez, Presley, and Ford. �Gimenez tried to come around from second and score on Ford’s single into left field, but he was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

Rudy Owens made the start for the Curve. �He had runners on base in the first inning due to a hit batter and a walk, and again on an error in the 2nd, but did not give up a hit until the 4th inning. �Two singles, a fielding error by Hernandez scored one run, and a second run came in on a sacrifice fly, giving the Squirrels a 2-1 lead. �They extended the lead to 4-1 with two more runs in the 5th on four singles and a walk, though LF Shelby Ford threw out a runner at the plate to keep another run from coming in. �Owens pitched 6 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and two walks. �Tony Watson gave up a double and an intentional walk in the 7th, but kept the Squirrels scoreless. �He also gave up a double and a walk in the 8th, and that appears to be when play was halted.

UPDATE: Play resumed after a 1 hour 30 minute delay. �Reliever Corey Hamman came into the game for Watson, picking up play with runners on the corners and one out. �The first thing Hamman did was to load the bases by hitting a batter with a pitch. �A sacrifice fly brought in one run, then a single drove in a second run. �Another hit batter loaded the bases again, and another single accounted for the third run of the inning. �Squirrels 7, Curve 1.

Alex Presley doubled with two outs in the 9th for his third hit of the game, but did not get any further before the game ended. �Owens was charged with his second loss of the season. �The Curve posted a total of 7 hits — 3 by Presley, 2 by Shelby Ford, and one each by Jordy Mercer and Hector Gimenez.

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