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Lakewood at Hagerstown

Apr 15, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Bryce Harper makes his debut at historic Municipal Stadium tonight.

HAGERSTOWN — Good evening from Municipal Stadium, home of the Hagerstown Suns since 1930. Yep, 1930. This is the third-oldest existing ballpark in the minor leagues. And let me tell you, it is a rustic facility to say the least.

Plenty of future stars have come through this town over the last eight decades, most notably Willie Mays (who made his minor-league debut here in 1950). And tonight, a potential new star debuts as a member of the Suns: Bryce Harper, who is starting in right field and batting third against the Lakewood BlueClaws (low-Class A affiliate of the Phillies).

Harper's pro career isn't exactly off to a rousing start. He enters tonight with a .250 average (7-for-38), one homer, five RBI and eight strikeouts in eight games. Suns manager Brian Daubach, though, has been nothing if not impressed with the way Harper handled an 0-for-9 slump earlier this week and the way he's handled the attention thrust upon on everywhere he goes.

I'll have updates throughout the night on Harper and others from Hagerstown, so be sure to check back for those. And for those of you watching (or at) the Nationals' game against the Brewers in D.C., please keep the conversation going on that game thread

LAKEWOOD BLUECLAWS at HAGERSTOWN SUNS
Where: Municipal Stadium
Gametime: 6:35 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: WJEJ (1240 AM)
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 57 degrees, Wind 14 mph in from RF

STARTING LINEUPS
HAGERSTOWN (6-2)
DH Randolph Oduber
2B Adrian Sanchez
RF Bryce Harper
C David Freitas

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  1. Positively Half St. - Apr 15, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    I am wondering whether to go to see the Nats or Hagerstown this weekend.+1/2St.

  2. DRew - Apr 16, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    I hate when reality over-rides myth.Shouldn't this phenom be batting .800 and punching his bus ticket for DC by now?

  3. Positively Half St. - Apr 16, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Here's a harsher bit of reality. Garrett Mock pitched for Syracuse tonight, going 3 2/3 innings. His ERA is below 4, which I suppose is OK. However, he walked 7 batters tonight. He may not get too many more chances.

  4. Positively Half St. - Apr 16, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    I am starting to wonder how far below 0.050 Jerry Hairston hs to fall before the team wonders if it was a good idea to sign him.

  5. JaneB - Apr 16, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    Hairston is my new Ryan Langerhans. How is he still in pro ball?

  6. N. Cognito - Apr 16, 2011 at 2:44 AM

    Positively Half St. said… "I am wondering whether to go to see the Nats or Hagerstown this weekend."I've seen most of Hagerstown. It's not worth it.

  7. Navy Nats Fan - Apr 16, 2011 at 3:17 AM

    Mark – at Nats Park tonight they held a moment of silence before the start of the game for a Nationals minor leaguer who died this morning, but I couldn't catch the name. What's the story?

  8. TimDz - Apr 16, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Navy Nats….he was an 18 year old with the last name Guillen. Died of meningitis…Kilgore @ WAPO Nats Journal has a post.

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