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Surprise, surprise

Suns beat Cape Fear again

July 29, 1998

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

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Suns beat crocsBy BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

It seemed like an oh-so-familiar scenario.

The Hagerstown Suns battle for nine innings with Cape Fear only to end up Croc bait.

But this time, just when the Suns seemed about to go down for the third time, Matt Weimer tossed in the life preserver.

The right-hander is no Crocodile Dundee, but Weimer came on to shut down Cape Fear in the ninth inning - despite a two-out walk to make things exciting - to allow the Suns to swim to safety Tuesday with a 7-6 South Atlantic League victory.

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In true fashion of the season-long series, the Suns found ways to keep the Crocs in the game, this time squandering a 6-2 lead to turn it into another nail-biter against a team that they have a 5-13 record against. But this time, Hagerstown (16-23, 60-49 overall) rewrote the ending.

"At least we didn't kill ourselves. They got back into the game by hitting the ball," Suns manager Marty Pevey said. "Matt did a heck of a job. He got that last hitter by throwing a good slider ... but I could have done without that two-out walk. That scared me to death. How many times do those things come back to bite you?"

The Crocs (20-19, 63-46) picked up two runs in the eighth to put the game in doubt. Hagerstown turned to Weimer in the closing role, since Jaron Seabury was suspended for three games on Tuesday after being ejected for throwing behind a Capital City batter on Sunday.

Weimer, who has a habit of getting into tight situations, opened the inning by striking out Noah Hall and Scott Zech before Scott Sandusky battled him for eight pitches for the walk. Weimer coaxed Kevin Forbes to ground to Mike Young for his eighth save.

"It seems like I'm trying to walk them, but I'm not," Weimer said. "I wanted to go out and throw hard to keep them down. It's important for us to get every win we can against Cape Fear, especially if we want to get back into the second-half race."

The win was Hagerstown's second straight, leaving the Suns four games behind Cape Fear and Delmarva, which are tied for the Northern Division lead.

Cape Fear jumped out to a 2-0 lead through 2 1/2 innings against starter Joe Young (1-0), who was making his first start since coming from Double-A Knoxville.

The Suns got a run in the third against Jorge Julio (0-1) as Cesar Izturis doubled and stole third before scoring on Greg Morrison's sacrifice fly, his first of three RBIs.

Hagerstown blew the game open with five runs in the fourth, started by Vernon Wells' leadoff home run to center and capped by Morrison's two-run, bases-loaded single.

Cape Fear scratched back with two runs in the sixth and eighth as the Suns failed to complete just enough plays to let the Crocs get back into the game.

"They've beat us with good pitching, hitting and in times when we shot ourselves in the foot," Pevey said. "To beat them is big. It could get us on a roll for the end of the month and could get us going in August."

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Cape Fear Crocs

(Edward Quezada, 7-5, 3.76)

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(John Sneed, 11-2, 3.03)

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