Cripps, Suns swamp Crocs

August 12, 1998

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Bobby Cripps homered twice and drove in six runs, and the Hagerstown Suns blew open a close game with a seven-run ninth inning Tuesday night to defeat the Cape Fear Crocs, 13-5.

The win gave the Suns (25-28, 69-54 overall) an 8-5 mark on their 13-game roadtrip, and gave them three wins at archrival Cape Fear. The Suns had been 2-9 at J.P. Riddle Stadium before the five-game set.

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Hagerstown was down 4-0 heading into the fifth, but Yovanny Lara lost control, walking Cesar Izturis and Tony Peters to start the inning before getting pulled. Ryan Becks came in, and Jesse Zepeda greeted him with a bunt single to load the bases for Cripps.

Cripps' 26th homer, and second grand slam, of 1998 was a towering fly over the right-field wall off Becks. In his next at-bat off Julio Perez in the seventh, Cripps went deep again with Zepeda aboard, to make it 6-4.


After Cape Fear scored once in the seventh, the Suns rolled a lucky seven in the ninth. Hagerstown got seven runs on five hits and two Crocs errors, with Izturis' two-run double being the highlight.

The Suns are off today before starting a 12-game homestand that takes them to the final week of the season. Standing two games back in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division, they have the chance to shoot for the lead with eight of the games against two last-place teams, Charleston, W.Va., and Charleston, S.C.


Charleston Alley Cats

(Brett Haring, 2-6, 3.34)


Hagerstown Suns

(John Sneed, 13-2, 2.81)

  • Game Time: 7:05 p.m.
  • Radio: WHAG-AM 1410
  • Homestand Ends: Aug. 25
  • Suns Tickets: Starting at $3
  • Phone: 301-791-6266

Wednesday: OFF DAY

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