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Suns in three-way tie for playoff spot

August 11, 2003

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Hagerstown Suns lost their second straight game, 2-1 to the Asheville Tourists Sunday, and are now in a three-way tie with Greensboro and Lexington for the South Atlantic League's Wild Card playoff berth.

The Suns (58-56, 23-24) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Brian Buscher singled, went to third on Julian Benavidez's double and scored on Doug Johnson's wild pitch.

Asheville tied it in the bottom half on Jeff Baker's solo home run to right-center off starter Brad Hennessey. The Tourists plated the winning run in the fourth, as Ryan Spilborghs doubled and scored on a fielder's choice.

Hennessey (2-7) scattered five hits and struck out three in five innings. Relievers Jason Waddell and Billy Sadler combined to hold Asheville hitless and scoreless the last three innings.

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The Suns threatened in the sixth, stranding Carlos Sosa at third, and seemingly tied the game in the ninth, before Jason Columbus' shot to deep left was ruled foul. After Hagerstown manager Mike Ramsey unsuccessfully pleaded his case to the umpires, Columbus grounded out to end the game.

Johnson (10-6) allowed five hits, a walk and struck out six in seven innings.

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