HAGERSTOWN —The Hagerstown Suns rallied from an early 6-0 deficit, taking the lead in the bottom of the eighth and stunning the Lexington Legends 10-8 in Thursday’s South Atlantic League game at Municipal Stadium.
The Suns (51-33, 9-6) have won the first two games of the five-game series with the Legends (43-41, 4-11).
Thursday’s game was a wild affair that included 18 walks and three errors.
The Legends took a 1-0 lead in the first off Suns starter Christopher McKenzie, who walked Delino DeShields Jr. and Nolan Fontana to start the inning. Zachary Johnson’s sacrifice fly scored DeShields, but McKenzie escaped the inning without further damage despite walking two more to load the bases.
Lexington jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a three-run second. Justin Gominsky led off with a single, Jose Fernandez walked and DeShields’ bunt single scored Gominsky. Fontana drove in Fernandez with a single and DeShields scored on Johnson’s groundout to short.
The Legends made it 6-0 in the third on Brandon Meredith’s two-run home run after Kvasnicka reached on a Suns error.
McKenzie went just 2 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on four hits and six walks.
Hagerstown got on the board in the bottom of the third on Matthew Skole’s 20th home run of the season, a solo shot with one out off Lexington starter Michael Foltynewicz.
The Suns added a run in the fourth to cut the lead to 6-2. Jeremy Mayo led off with a walk, went to second on a groundout, took third on Brian Goodwin’s single and scored on a throwing error on the play.
Brett Newsome’s three-run homer in the fifth pulled Hagerstown within a run at 6-5. With one out, Steven Souza Jr. walked and Caleb Ramsey singled to set the table.
Lexington increased its lead to 7-5 in the sixth when Fontana walked and scored on Johnson’s double to left off Suns reliever Wilson Eusebio.
The Legends made it 8-5 in the seventh. Suns reliever Gregory Holt (2-1) hit Gominsky with a pitch with one out, and Holt’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt sent Gominsky to third before he scored on Fernandez’s sacrifice fly.
Hagerstown tied the game at 8 in the bottom of the seventh off Lexington reliever Gabriel Garcia (0-1). Souza led off with his 13th home run of the season. Ramsey reached on a throwing error, Newsome hit an RBI double, Mayo’s sacrifice bunt moved Newsome to third and Newsome scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
The Suns took their first lead at 10-8 in the bottom of the eighth. Billy Burns led off with a single and scored on Dykstra’s double to center for a 9-8 lead. Dykstra came around on groundouts by Skole and Ramsey.
Ben Hawkins came on in the ninth to get his first save for Hagerstown. Fittingly, it wasn’t simple — with one out he allowed two walks and a single to load the bases before getting Johnson to ground into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.