Brandon Miller’s two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Hagerstown Suns a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Lexington Legends Thursday night.
The Legends had erased a 3-0 Hagerstown lead with four runs in the seventh inning.
The Suns took the early lead with three runs in the second. Miller reached second on third baseman Michael Antonio’s throwing error, moved to third on a single by Will Piwnica-Worms, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Khayyan Norfork. Piwnica-Worms moved to second on a balk and to third on a single by Matt Foat. After Pedro Severino struck out and with Narciso Mesa at bat, Foat broke for second and Piwnica-Worms started for home as catcher Cam Gallagher threw to second. The throw went into center field for an error, and Foat, who had stopped between first and second, continued to second base. Piwnica-Worms scored, and was credited with a steal of home as Hagerstown took a 2-0 lead. Mesa singled to score Foat, and the Suns led 3-0.
That lead stood up until the top of the seventh, when it took the Legends three batters to catch up. Bubba Starling singled, and Michael Antonio and Fred Ford followed with back-to-back homers, tying the game at 3-3. After Ronald Pena relieved Hagerstown starter Pedro Encarnacion, Kenny Diekroeger grounded out, but Alex Hudak hit his second double of the game. Hudak scored the go-ahead run when shortstop Stephen Perez threw past first after fielding Terrance Gore’s grounder.
Legends’ reliever Clayton Schulz retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the eighth, but a bloop single to center by Perez and an infield hit by Shawn Pleffner set the stage for Miller, who hit a drive off the center field wall to score both runners and put the Suns in front for good.
Pena (3-3) got the win. Schulz (1-3) was the losing pitcher. Legends’ starter Christian Binford, a native of Hagerstown who was pitching in front of a large group of family members and friends, allowed five hits and three unearned runs in seven innings. He walked one batter and struck out four.
The second game of the series will be played Friday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m.