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Dobson sparks Suns in win over Kannapolis

July 08, 2004

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Hagerstown's Pat Dobson did what a leadoff hitter is supposed to do Wednesday night, sparking the lineup with a 4-for-5 night and leading the Suns to a 6-1 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators.

Dobson doubled twice and drove in two runs to back another solid outing by Suns starter Ben Thurmond (4-2), who scattered seven hits and struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings.

The Suns (33-47, 5-8 second half) scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings - each coming with two outs.

Jonathan Armitage walked with one out in the top of the second, took second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single by Derek Barrows to give Hagerstown a 1-0 lead.

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In the third, Dobson doubled and later scored on a Jason Columbus base hit.

In the fourth, Brent Swanson, Johany Abreu and Dobson each singled, with Dobson's hit plating Swanson for a 3-0 lead.

Antoin Gray got the Intimidators on the board in the bottom of the sixth, reaching on a double and eventually scoring on a wild pitch.

Hagerstown got two more in the eighth when Barrows doubled and scored on an error and Dobson doubled in Abreu.

Mike Wagner tacked on a solo homer for the Suns in the ninth.

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