Santos slams

Suns sweep

May 21, 2001

Santos slams; Suns sweep

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Deivi Santos hit the first grand slam of the season for Hagerstown as the Suns beat the Asheville Tourists 6-2 Sunday in the completion of a suspended game in the South Atlantic League.


Bryan Carter homered and Derek Bell drove in two runs as the Suns won Sunday's regularly scheduled game, 4-3.

Santos' grand slam, his second homer of the year, broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh inning. Elliott Strankman led off with a double and went to third on a single by Jason Ellison. Ellison stole second and Bell was intentionally walked to load the bases for Santos.

The Suns took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third when Santos reached on a two-out single and Nick Wilfong drilled his fourth home run of the year to center field.

The Tourists tied it in the sixth when Eric Storey and Edmund Muth hit back-to-back doubles.


Jeff Clark started the game Saturday for Hagerstown, but faced just three batters before the game was put on hold because of rain.

Felix Diaz took the mound for Clark on Sunday and surrendered just four hits while striking out nine in 5 1/3 innings.

Joe Smith (4-1) got the win, allowing just one hit over the final 3 2/3 innings.

Strankman went 4-for-4 for the Suns (23-21).

Hagerstown jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second game, thanks to Bell and Carter. Bell drove in Kevin Alexander with a double in the top of the first, then plated Ellison with a sacrifice fly in the third.

Wilfong led off the Suns fourth with a single and scored on Carter's blast.

Miguel Vilorio and Clint Barmes homered to pull Asheville close, but Jackson Markert slammed the door, getting his ninth save and sending the Tourists (16-28) to their seventh straight loss.

Julio Pavon got his first win of the season for Hagerstown, giving up four hits and striking out four in five innings.

Notes: The Suns will come back with Clark on Monday after his abbreviated start on Saturday. ... The Suns turned four double plays in the first game Sunday.

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