Suns close trip in victory

July 22, 1998

SALISBURY, Md. - Close was finally good enough for the Hagerstown Suns.

Mike Young's two-out double in the seventh inning drove in the game-winning run, leading the Suns to take a tight 6-5 decision over the Delmarva Shorebirds Tuesday night.

The Suns went 3-5 on their eight-game road trip, one in which they had already lost three one-run games and one two-run contest.

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Earlier in the game, Young had given the Suns (12-21, 56-47 overall) a brief lead with a home run to lead off the sixth inning. Young's blast, his third in five games, gave Hagerstown a 4-3 lead. But Delmarva tied the score in its half with a solo homer by Richard Paz off Woody Heath (6-2).


In the seventh, Chris Hayes led off with a single off Jeremy Halpin (8-4). Bobby Cripps and Vernon Wells followed with flyouts to the wall in left field, and Lorenzo Bagley walked. Young then hit his double to the gap in right-center field for a 6-4 advantage.

Delmarva got one run back in the eighth off Joe Casey, who also walked Brian Hughes to lead off the ninth. Jaron Seabury came in and got a 5-4-3 double play against Jayson Werth, and struck out Eddie Garabito to end the game, leaving Chris Paxton - who is hitting .360 against the Suns this season - waiting in the on-deck circle.

Bobby Cripps got four hits on the night: two off his own bat and two off inside pitches from Carlos Medina. After being hit for a second time by Medina, Cripps took steps toward the mound, prompting both benches to empty and getting Medina ejected.

The Suns are off today before opening an eight-game homestand against Capital City and Cape Fear.


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