But after that, it was downhill.
The Braves led 3-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth, but the Suns scored four runs in the frame to take the lead and propel themselves to a 5-3 win in the opener of the five-game series.
Two errors in the fourth by the Braves’ defense aided Hagerstown’s chances and ruined what was a good outing by All-Star pitcher Cory Rasmus up to that point. Rasmus (6-5) ended up taking the loss after pitching 5 1-3 innings and giving up five runs (one earned) on nine hits. He struck out six.
The Braves jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third when Philip Gosselin brought home Edward Salcedo on a sacrifice fly.
They then added two more the next inning on an RBI-single by Christian Bethancourt and a Salcedo sac-fly. Bethancourt was the only Brave with multiple hits in the game.
Riann Spanjer-Furstenburg also had a double for Rome’s only extra-base hit.
Hagerstown added their final run in the sixth, before Rome reliever Andrew Wilson came on to work 2 2-3 innings of scoreless relief.
The Braves and Suns continue the series tonight with Game 2 at 7 p.m.
After that , Rome will play three more in Hagerstown before an off day on Monday and then open an eight-game homestand at SMS against the Lexington Legends.