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Suns pale in shadow of Intimidators

August 03, 2008

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - The Marrero family knows how to hit the baseball.

The Hagerstown Suns know that first hand. Last season, Chris Marrero played at Municipal Stadium as a highly touted prospect for the Washington Nationals.

This season, his brother Christian is following his footsteps, but in the Chicago White Sox organization.

The younger Marrero kept the family batting eye in tact by driving in three runs - including one on his seventh home run - on Saturday to lead the Kannapolis Intimidators to an 8-3 victory over the Suns.

Marrero helped stake Kannapolis to a 3-1 lead with a two-run triple off Hagerstown starter Cole Kimball to highlight the first inning. He made it a 6-1 lead in the third with the home run.

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Hagerstown, which has lost four of the last five games, took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Tim Puhuta off Kannapolis starter Johnnie Lowe.

The Intimidators pulled away with a run in the second and two more in the third off Kimball, who lasted four innings.

The Suns closed to within 6-3 in the fifth on a bases-loaded, two-run single by Valerio Heredia.

Kannapolis added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Heredia finished with two hits for the Suns.

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