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Walter opens, Munter closes victory for Suns

August 12, 2003

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Hagerstown Suns, they are a-changin'.

With a sudden burst of power and another reshuffling of the bullpen, the Suns found a way to remain in the South Atlantic League Wild Card playoff chase.

Randy Walter stroked game-tying and go-ahead home runs while newly named closer Scott Munter navigated through his first attempt at the job for his first save on Monday, leading Hagerstown to a 7-6 victory over the Asheville Tourists.

Hagerstown trailed 6-5 in the see-saw battle until Walter homered to left in the sixth inning, followed by his blast to right-center field in the eighth for the lead. It was the first two-homer game by a Hagerstown player since Kevin Kelly hit a pair on April 23.

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Munter, replacing regular closer Matt Palmer, worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to secure the Suns' fourth win on their Southern swing. Palmer was promoted to Double-A New Haven on Monday.

The victory kept the Suns (59-56, 24-24) in a three-way tie with Greensboro and Lexington for a Northern Division playoff berth. The Bats and Legends both won on Monday, keeping Hagerstown and Greensboro percentage points ahead of Lexington.

Munter replaced reliever Jason Waddell after he allowed Nick Gretz a one-out single in the ninth. After getting the second out, Munter was pressed into a bases-loaded jam because of two consecutive errors by shortstop Jake Wald. Walkill Guance hit a third straight grounder to Wald, who tossed to second to end the game.

The Suns staked starter Josh Habel to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run single by Kelly and Brian Buscher's RBI double.

Asheville struck back for two runs in the bottom of the inning as Jeff Baker hit a two-run homer, the first of four Asheville home runs in the game.

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