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Tourists send Suns packing

July 19, 1998

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Pinch hitter Whitey Schwartzbauer's seventh-inning RBI grounder was the difference as the Asheville Tourists withstood a furious three-run rally in the ninth Saturday for an 8-7 South Atlantic League victory over the Hagerstown Suns.

Hagerstown (10-20, 54-46 overall) nearly pulled of the miracle comeback, trailing 8-4 in the ninth.

After pinch hitter Vernon Wells led of with a single, Asheville turned to closer James Emiliano to preserve the game.

Emiliano was greeted by Tony Peters' infield single before Cesar Izturis drove home Wells with an RBI hit. After Greg Morrison flew out to the wall, Bobby Cripps slapped an RBI single to tighten the score to 8-6.

Chris Hayes struck out and Mike Young hit an RBI single to leave runners on first and second for Josh Phelps, who grounded to short to end the game.

Asheville (16-13, 48-51 overall) roughed up Hagerstown starter Clayton Andrews for six runs in 5 2/3 innings. Andrews entered the game with a league-best 2.05 ERA.

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The Tourists scored three runs in the first, highlighted by John Lindsey's two-run homer.

Peters and Young both homered for the Suns, while Young went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

The Suns cut the deficit to 3-1 in the second on doubles by Cripps and Mike Rodriguez. After the Tourists jumped out to a 4-1 lead, Hayes and Young hit back-to-back homers in the fourth.

With a 6-4 lead, Asheville picked up two insurance runs in the seventh when Matt Weimer issued a bases-loaded walk to Jeremy Jackson before Schwartzbauer's RBI groundout.

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