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Suns stumble vs. Crocs

May 24, 1998

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Danny Bravo ripped a two-out RBI triple to score Karl Chatman from first base and break a 5-5 tie in the sixth Saturday, lifting the Cape Fear Crocs to a 9-5 win over the Hagerstown Suns.

Hagerstown (27-22) scored four runs in the first inning and got a 4-for-4 game from Tony Peters, but failed to hold off the Crocs. Cape Fear opened an 8 1/2-game lead over the Suns in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division.

The Suns held a 5-2 lead heading into the third until Talmadge Nunnari drove in a run and Noah Hall drove in two with singles to tie the game off Hagerstown starter Isabel Giron (2-4).

Hagerstown broke out to a 4-0 lead in the first off Ryan Becks (7-1) as Mike Young hit a one-out home run - his third in two days and seventh of the season - and Lorenzo Bagley added a two-run shot after Vernon Wells singled.

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Peters followed with a single and a stolen base before scoring on Jorge Nunez's triple.

After the Crocs closed to 4-2 in the first on a Nunnari home run, the Suns got one back in the top of the third, when Bagley walked and scored on an RBI double by Peters.

Cape Fear (35-14) put the game out of reach with three runs in the seventh.

The Suns outhit the Crocs, 12-9, but fell victim to their own defensive lapses with three errors.

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