11:23 PM EDT, September 1, 2012
Justin Miller hit an RBI triple in the first inning and an RBI double in the eighth to drive in all the runs the Hagerstown Suns needed in a 2-1 victory over the Asheville Tourists on Saturday night at Municipal Stadium.
Hagerstown (82-53, 40-26) — which has clinched the South Atlantic League Northern Division’s second-half title — has two more games to play against Asheville (86-51, 39-29) before opening the playoffs with a home game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Wednesday.
The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Miller’s triple to center scored Bryce Ortega, who was hit by a pitch leading off the frame.
The Tourists had a chance to tie the game at 1 in the seventh off reliever Kylin Turnbull. With one out, Ryan Casteel walked and Brian Humphries and David Kandilas followed with singles. But Hagerstown right fielder Caleb Ramsey came up firing on Kandilas’ single and threw out Casteel at the plate for the second out. Turnbull struck out Trevor Story to end the inning.
The Suns made it 2-0 in the eighth. Dykstra hit a two-out single — his third of the game — and scored on Miller’s double to right.
Dixon Anderson (1-1) allowed just one hit and three walks over five shutout innings for the Suns, striking out six. Turnbull allowed two hits and a walk while striking out three in three innings. Alex Kreis worked the ninth, giving up doubles to Jordan Ribera and Casteel to break up the shutout before retiring the last two Tourists for his third save.
Alex Gillingham (6-8) went seven innings for Asheville, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out two.
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