The Lexington Legends had no problems with Bryce Harper Tuesday night.
But the same could not be said for Harper's team as the Hagerstown Suns rolle d to a 5-1 victory at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Harper, the No. 1 pick in last year's draft and the most highly touted prospect to visit Lexington in the franchise's 11 seasons, struck out his first three times at bat, then flied into a double play.
However, the Suns scored two runs in each of the first two innings and Taylor Jordan, Shane McCatty and Christopher Manno combined to strike out 13 Legends.
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"We're 5-0 and it's always good to start off well," said Harper, who is hitting .211 through five straight road victories. "We've got a lot of good guys on our club that can swing it and we've got our pitching going. Jordan went out there today and threw a gem, and Manno came in and 'Cat' came in and threw it great."
The teams had been scheduled to play a doubleheader because of Monday's rainout, but as rain continued through early afternoon Tuesday, there was not enough time to prepare the field for an early start.
Temperature for the start of Tuesday's game was 55 degrees, chilled further by a 12 mph wind blowing in from left field.
The doubleheader was pushed to Wednesday, starting at 5:05 p.m. Both games are scheduled for seven innings.
Legends center fielder Daniel Adamson had a big night with a single, double and triple. He made a nice grab of Harper's seventh-inning drive, just in front of the warning track, then fired to second base in time to catch Adrian Sanchez trying to advance from first. Adamson made a last-second grab as he converged with left fielder Bryce Lane.
"Both of us thought the other person called it and, the last second, we both looked at each other," Adamson said. "So I just went for it and wound up with it."
Lane and Chris Wallace were the only other Legends with hits — a double each. Lane's seventh-inning hit down the left-field line scored Adamson.
Suns starter Jordan (2-0) gave up two hits and a walk, striking out five, over five innings.
McCatty and Manno worked two innings each, fanning three and five, respectively.
"Coming out of spring training, we weren't sure what we had pitching-wise," Suns Manager Brian Daubach said. "But the first time through the rotation, couldn't want much better."
The Suns came out swinging against Juan Minaya (0-1), as Randolph Oduber and Sanchez opened with back-to-back singles. After Harper struck out, the runners pulled off a double steal-plus, as catcher Roberto Pena's throw eluded third baseman Mike Kvasnicka for a run-scoring error. Sanchez scored on a groundout.
Three walks set up Hagerstown in the second, with Sanchez delivering a two-out, two-run single up the middle.
The Suns added a run in the seventh, but the Legends broke up the shutout in the bottom of the inning.
"We've got to do a better job of just being aggressive," Legends Manager Rodney Linares said.
Minaya, Murilo Goueva and Jason Chowning combined to hold the Suns to five hits, striking out 10.