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Suns still struggle

July 17, 1998

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Asheville's Jerome Alviso hit a solo home run off Hagerstown starer Joe Casey in the third inning Thursday to break a 1-1 tie and lift the Tourists to a 4-1 victory over the Suns.

The Suns (9-19, 53-45 overall) dropped their third straight game on the road trip after winning five of six games at home. Hagerstown has scored only three total runs in the three losses.

The Suns did a better job facing major league pitching than they did against Asheville's Single-A staff. Colorado Rockies pitcher John Thomson made a rehabilitation start for the Tourists, lasting four innings, allowing a first-inning run.

The Suns grabbed the early advantage as Mike Young drew a one-out walk and Bobby Cripps struck out with two outs, but reached first on Thomson's wild pitch. After a passed ball advanced the runners, Vernon Wells laced a single to center to score Young, but Cripps was thrown out at the plate.

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Asheville (15-12, 47-50 overall) tied the game in the first as Elvis Pena led off with a double over Luis Morillo's head before scoring on two groundouts, the latter by Todd Sears.

Casey (2-6) gave up a solo homer to Efrain Alamo in the seventh and a double to Alviso before Woody Heath came on to allow Pena a RBI double to close the scoring.

Today's Game

Hagerstown Suns

(John Sneed, 9-2, 3.11)

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Asheville Tourists

(Jake Kringen, 4-7, 5.52)

Game Time: 7:05 p.m.

Radio: WHAG-AM 1410

Next Homestand: July 23-30

Suns Tickets: Starting at $3

Phone: 301-791-6266

http://www.hagerstownsuns.com/

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