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Baserunning blunders runs Suns out of options

July 31, 2005

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Usually, the Hagerstown Suns are looking to unleash their running game.

On Saturday, they should have been looking for a leash.

Hagerstown runners ran the Suns out of rallies - by being picked off twice and thrown out stealing in a third instance - to allow Kannapolis to take a 3-0 victory in the opening game of a doubleheader.

The second game was still in progress at deadline. The opening game loss was Hagerstown's 11th loss in 14 games and dropped the Suns to 11-20 in the second half.

The Intimidators scored single runs in the second, third and sixth innings in the seven-inning game.

Boomer Berry and Donny Lucy each hit sacrifice flies to give Kannapolis the early 2-0 lead.

The Intimidators picked up an insurance run in the sixth on a throwing error.

Kannapolis starter Jack Egbert allowed four hits and struck out eight for the complete-game victory.

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Hagerstown's Ambiorix Concepcion was picked off, caught trying to steal and thrown out trying to stretch while a single into a double in the game. Derran Watts was also picked off.

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