Suns hand one to Intimidators

May 20, 2009

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- The Hagerstown Suns not only dug a hole for themselves, they also provided the shovel.

Errors and a misplayed ball gave Kannapolis its first five runs as the Intimidators posted a 9-4 victory over the Suns in a Wednesday morning matinee.

Hagerstown (18-18) committed four errors to lose for the third straight time.

The Intimidators (19-18) scored a run in the first when Tyler Kuhn led off by reaching on first baseman Tyler Moore's error and eventually scored when starter Paul Demny (1-2) dropped a bases-loaded popup for an error.

Jose Vargas hit an inside-the-park home run in the second to give Kannapolis a 2-0 lead.

The Suns got a run in the third on Steve Lombardozzi's RBI single.

Kannapolis broke the game open -- with the Suns' help -- in the fourth inning.

Vargas led off by reaching on an infield single and took second when third baseman Steven Souza threw wildly.


Brandon Short's bunt single and Justin Greene's RBI single scored Vargas for a 3-1 lead. Austin Garrett, who relieved Demny, balked to advance the runners to set up Kuhn's two-run single.

The Suns tried to get back into the game with a three-run seventh inning, provided by Derek Norris' eighth home run of the season. Nick Arata reached on a fielding error and Lombardozzi walked before Norris' drive to left-center off reliever Garrett Johnson.

Demny lasted three innings, allowing five runs on five hits. Sandy Leon and Lombardozzi had two hits each for the Suns.

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