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Suns' playoff chances take another hit

August 21, 2003

So, which is worse? Having things go wrong or to have nothing go right.

The Hagerstown Suns have experienced both ends of the spectrum in the last two games. The conclusion? When things go wrong, it's frustrating. But when nothing goes right, it can be down right demoralizing.

The Suns went from frustrated to demoralized on Wednesday as Kannapolis scored all its runs in the first six innings - mostly by roughing up starter Brad Hennessey - to notch a 18-2 rout and further damage Hagerstown's playoff hopes.

The blowout comes on the heels of Tuesday's 3-2 loss when the Suns were unable to cash in on scoring situations in each of the final four innings.

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The Suns (62-61, 27-29) stayed 3 1/2 games behind Lexington - which lost to Delmarva - in the chase for the South Atlantic League Northern Division's Wild Card berth.

Thomas Brice and Mike Christiansen each went 4-for-6 for the last-place Intimidators. Christiansen had two doubles and a home run while driving in four runs. Catcher Gustavo Molina hit a two-run homer and scored three times for Kannapolis.

Hennessey (3-8) allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Jeremy Schmidt allowed four more runs in his 1 1/3 innings of work and Troy Ransom was touched for another four runs in the sixth inning.

The Suns scored a run in the first to tie the score at 1-1 and another in the second, but trailed 3-2 before the onslaught.

Hagerstown scored when Kevin Alexander's grounder plated A.J. Labarbera in the first and on Steve Holm's fielder's choice grounder in the second.

Hagerstown managed four hits, including two by Fred Lewis.

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