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Suns smoke Jackets

August 05, 1998

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Light-hitting shortstop Cesar Izturis had three hits and three RBIs Tuesday night as the Hagerstown Suns built a big lead, then held on to defeat the Augusta GreenJackets, 10-5.

Bobby Cripps also had a three-run homer and four RBIs for the Suns (20-25, 64-51 overall), who gave All-Star pitcher Clayton Andrews (8-7) some rare run support.

The Suns opened the scoring with a run in the third. Josh Phelps and Izturis had back-to-back singles before Tony Peters grounded to second base. Terrence Freeman tried to tag out Izturis, but missed, and threw to first base to get out Peters. Augusta first baseman Derrick Lankford then tried to get Izturis at second, but his throw went into left field to score Phelps.

Cripps' three-run homer, his 24th on the season, came in the sixth. When he returned to the plate in the eighth, Augusta pitcher Jeff Kelly threw behind the Suns designated hitter and was ejected.

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Andrews went six innings, allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out 10, moving him into second on the Suns' career strikeout list with 162. Teammate John Sneed holds the record now with 173 total Ks in Hagerstown.

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