As the Nationals continue their 10-day, nine-game road trip through Philadelphia, Florida and Atlanta but until the team returns on Friday, Nationals and Orioles fans can get their baseball fix with a trip to Hagerstown.
With the Suns taking on Orioles Single-A affiliate Delmarva for the next three days (including a game currently in progress), the only thing missing is Orioles’ top prospect Manny Machado, out with a dislocated knee.
The Suns, however, have plenty of attraction for Nationals fans with Robbie Ray, A.J. Cole and Bryce Harper all suddenly members of the Suns’ roster.
Ray, who tossed four no-hit innings in his first start for Hagerstown last night before taking a no-decision in the Suns’ loss to Delmarva. Ray threw five innings, allowed just one hit, walked no one and struck out six in his first minor league start.
Cole’s debut was a little rougher, allowing two earned runs in 3 2/3 innings off five hits and two walks.
Meanwhile, Harper is continuing to put up gaudy numbers. Now through 29 games, the SAL Player of the Week for last week, is now hitting .376 with a .462 on-base percentage — yes you read that correctly — a .693 slugging percentage and a 1.155 OPS that ranks seventh in all of the minor leagues.
Harper has seven homers, 24 RBIs, 16 walks and five stolen bases.
According to the Suns website… tickets are still available for this week’s series.