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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.

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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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