Suns take the fifth-quietly

August 27, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

It was one of those times that less than was greater than greater than.

The Hagerstown Suns not scoring in the fifth inning carried more of an impact than Kannapolis' five-run sixth on Monday in the Intimidators' 9-1 victory in the series finale.

The Suns failed to cash in while trailing 2-0 with the bases loaded and none on in the fifth, which all but made Kannapolis' next-inning rally a moot point.

"That took something out of us," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "I thought something good was going to happen there, but it didn't. We just didn't play well tonight, but it's just one of those times after we have been staying in games for most of the last month."


Kannapolis starter Paulino Reynoso (5-8) held the Suns to one hit through the first four innings before slipping slightly in the fifth. Robbie Meyer led off with a walk, Tomas Garrido hit his first of three singles and Justin Knoedler walked to load the bases to put the Suns in prime position.

But Keith Anderson struck out, Bryan Carter flew out to shallow right field and Derin McMains grounded out as Reynoso turned the Suns away empty handed.

"The key was when the first guy didn't put the ball in play. It gave (the Intimidators) some life," Ramsey said. "The fly ball wasn't deep enough to try to score ... it just didn't work out."

Kannapolis scored single runs off Suns starter Petersen Benjamin (2-7) in the first and second inning for the two-run lead.

The Intimidators batted around in the fifth, with the help of a pair of Garrido errors. Julio Reyes and Gustavo Molina each had RBI singles to chase Benjamin with one out and two on. Johnny Santamarina hit Jason Waddell's first pitch over the right field wall to cap the rally and the 7-0 lead.

The Suns scored their only run in the eighth as Branden Florence reached on a fielders' choice and came home Tyler Von Schell's double that hugged the left field line.

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