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Suns' 9th-inning rally falls just short in loss

July 05, 2003

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - The Hagerstown Suns loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning Friday night, but the Kannapolis Intimidators turned a game-ending double play to escape with a 2-1 victory.

Brad Hennessey (1-3) was a hard-luck loser for the Suns (7-7 South Atlantic League second half). After allowing Mike Christensen's RBI single in the first and Darren Ciraco's solo homer to center in the second, he settled down, going the entire way without allowing another run.

Hagerstown pulled within a run in the fifth when Jason Columbus singled with one out off Kannapolis starter Brian Miller (7-5) - who had spun a no-hitter to that point.

Jay Knowlton - playing his first game with Hagerstown after being called up from Salem-Kaiser - followed with a double down the left-field line to plate Columbus.

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The Suns had a chance against the Intimidators (4-11) in the ninth. Carlos Sosa led off with a single and Julian Benavidez doubled off the third-base bag to put runners on second and third. After Brian Buscher popped up to short, Columbus was intentionally walked, bringing up Kevin Kelly.

Kelly hit a one-hopper to third base, starting a 5-2-3 double play that ended the game.

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