Suns' winning streak snapped

May 28, 2002

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - The Hagerstown and Kannapolis literally stood toe to toe Monday and battled to a draw just after the Intimidators landed the knockout punch.

Kyle Gross uncorked a wild pitch to score Mike Spidale with the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, leading to a bench-clearing incident and an eventual 8-3 win for Kannapolis to end the Suns' five-game winning streak.

Hagerstown (25-27) held a 3-2 lead until David Morse opened the fifth with a single just before Gross hit Spidale with a pitch for the third time in the game. Spidale looked to the mound, but was ushered to first base by the umpires.

Chris Amador followed with a grounder back to Gross that he fired down the left field line while trying for a force at third to score Morse to tie the game and put runners on second and third.


Spidale scored by bowling over Gross at the plate after passed ball on ball four to Eric Storey. As the two players gathered themselves, Spidale came back and stomped on the plate while beginning a point blank argument with Gross. Both benches and bullpens cleared but no punches were thrown and there were no ejections.

Gross left the game after the incident, turning it over to Josh Cram. Cram allowed Johnny Santamarino's RBI single for the 5-3 lead.

Kannapolis (24-28) took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on an RBI single by Willy Rosa and a Derek Wigginton sacrifice fly.

The Suns took the lead in the fifth against Andrew Fryson (4-2). Keith Anderson followed Robbie Meyer's leadoff single with a two-run homer to tie the game. Anthony Turco reignited the rally with a single and took second on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on Bryan Carter's two-out single.

Kannapolis tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh on a two-run single by Storey and a run-scoring hit by Wigginton.

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