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Gildea shines in debut with Suns

May 19, 2008

Mark Gildea made his first game with the Hagerstown Suns a memorable one.

Gildea, the Washington Nationals' ninth-round pick in the 2007 draft, went 3-for-3 with a double and a home run Sunday to help the Suns to a 7-4 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators before a sparse crowd of 657 at Municipal Stadium.

Stephen King and Jake Smolinski also homered for the Suns (21-21), who have won five of their last six games.

King hit a one-out solo home run in the fourth inning. One out later, Gildea singled to right and Smolinski followed with a two-run blast to give Hagerstown a 3-0 lead.

Tim Pahuta's RBI double in the fifth put the Suns up 4-0.

Hagerstown starter Bradley Meyers (2-0) kept Kannapolis (20-22) off the scoreboard for five innings, but began to lose his composure in the sixth. He walked two and uncorked two wild pitches as the Intimidators cut the lead to 4-2.

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Gildea drove in what proved to be the game-winner in the bottom of the inning with a one-out solo homer.

Brandon Whiting and Travis Reagan had two hits each for the Suns, who conclude their series with Kannapolis tonight at 6:35.

The start of Sunday's game was delayed 32 minutes by rain.

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