Walks, Kandilas help Tourists stride past Suns

September 02, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — Baseball people agree, walks hurt ... especially when they come before doubles.

David Kandilas drove in three runs with two doubles as Asheville scored five runs off Hagerstown walks on Sunday to take a 7-3 victory.

Suns pitching walked nine batters and hit three others to help ignite the Tourists.

Suns starter Wirkin Estevez (5-2) walked six batters and hit another in four shaky innings.

Asheville scored two in the first as Estevez walked the bases loaded to set up Brian Humpheries’ two-run single.

The Tourists added three runs in the third for a 5-0 lead as two more Estevez walks set up Taylor Featherston’s RBI single and Kandilas hit a two-run double.

The Suns (82-54, 40-27) got a run back in the fourth against Asheville starter Dan Winkler (11-10) when Cutter Dykstra scored as Caleb Ramsey grounded into a double play to cut the deficit to 5-1.

Asheville got the run back in the fifth as reliever Wilson Eusebio walked two and hit a batter to set up Tyler Massey’s RBI single.

The Suns tightened the game to 6-3 with runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Bryce Ortega led off with a double and took third on Hendry Jiminez’s infield single to set up Billy Burns’ RBI groundout.

Ramsey hit his seventh home run — a solo shot — in the sixth to cut the deficit to 6-3.

Kandilas’ second double gave Asheville its final run in the ninth.

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