HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Facing a pair of major leaguers on rehab assignment, the Charleston RiverDogs fell to the Hagerstown Suns, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Municipal Stadium.
Charleston right fielder Jhalan Jackson crushed a 459-foot home run off Washington Nationals reliever Sammy Solis in the fourth to put the RiverDogs (55-43 overall, 13-16 second half) ahead.
Jackson’s blast followed three innings of a dominant showing by the Nationals’ Joe Ross, who tossed three innings and allowed just two hits.
Adonis Rosa (0-1) looked sharp early in his South Atlantic League debut for the RiverDogs, but struggled the second time around the order. After giving up just an infield single through the first three innings, the Suns ripped four hits to score three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-1 advantage. With one out, Hagerstown third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez singled on a line shot to right before right fielder Rhett Wiseman followed suit with a base hit to center. Grant DeBruin gave the Suns the lead with a double down the right-field line. With two outs, Matt Page smacked a double to the wall in right-center to make it 3-1. Rosa took the loss, allowing three earned runs on five hits while recording six strikeouts.
James Bourque was solid following up the two major leaguers for Hagerstown, but would give way in the eighth as the RiverDogs rallied. Nathan Mikolas doubled to left field to lead off the inning and came around to score on an RBI groundout to short by Charleston catcher Luis Torrens.
In the ninth, Charleston put runners at the corners against former RiverDogs reliever Phillip Walby. With two outs, Gosuke Katoh doubled on a deep fly ball to center off his former teammate and Chris Godinez roped a line-drive comebacker to the mound before Mikolas grounded out to short to end the threat.
RiverDogs shortstop Hoy Jun Park went 1 for 3 with a walk and swiped three more bases to bring his season total to a team-leading 23 on the year.
The RiverDogs continue the four-game series with the Hagerstown Suns, the Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, at Municipal Stadium on Monday night at 7 p.m. The RiverDogs will send RHP Christian Morris (6-2, 2.64 ERA) against LHP Taylor Guilbeau (2-, 4.67). Charleston returns to Riley Park for a four-game homestand from Thursday to Sunday against Lexington.