Three former college teammates took the field at the same time Friday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium. It was the right-hander on the mound that stole the show.
Hagerstown starter Dixon Anderson threw six no-hit innings, and the bullpen nearly completed the bid in a 9-1 win over the Augusta GreenJackets, giving the Suns a three-game sweep.
Anderson, a former teammate at California with Suns second baseman Tony Renda and GreenJackets third baseman Mitch Delfino, shut down Augusta (16-11), striking out seven. Five walks led to a rising pitch count, knocking Anderson out after six innings.
Anderson, a ninth-round draft pick by the Nationals in 2011, recorded eight ground balls to one fly ball and one line drive, adding eight swinging strikes.
“I think I was able to throw, early on, my breaking ball and two-seamer where I wanted them, and that really helped me out,” Anderson said. “I got into some good counts to strike some guys out when I needed it, especially with all the walks. I got a couple punch outs to get through those innings. I generally live with that two-seamer, so when that’s good I have an opportunity to get a lot of ground-ball outs. That helped me out today.”
The Hagerstown bullpen maintained the no-hitter until the eighth despite allowing a run on an error and wild pitch in the seventh.
Bryan Harper, brother of Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, pitched ⅔ of an inning, allowing a walk and eventual unearned run.
David Fischer pitched 2⅓ innings, allowing the first Augusta hit on a Delfino single in the eighth while striking out four.
“Fastball command is something we’ve been preaching to the whole staff, and I thought they did that tonight,” Hagerstown manager Tripp Keister said. “They executed their pitches, which I thought was big.”
Hagerstown’s Mike McQuillan went 3 for 4 with an RBI. Matt Foat and Stephen Perez each had two hits and two RBI. Shawn Pleffner added three hits and an RBI.
GreenJackets starter Kendry Flores allowed two unearned runs on three hits in 5⅔ innings, walking one and striking out five.