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Suns scare off Intimidators

August 10, 2010

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- The Hagerstown Suns tried not to be rude guests.

They readily accepted gifts.

The Suns scored three runs on a pair of Kannapolis second-inning errors on Monday to take a 4-1 victory over the Intimidators.

Hagerstown (53-61, 17-27 second half) made the most of a three-run second inning and a seven-inning start by Paul Applebee to claim its fifth victory in the last seven games.

Applebee (4-4) allowed one run on seven hits without allowing a walk.

The Suns took a 3-0 lead in the second as Brett Newsome and Sandy Leon led off with singles off Kannapolis starter Justin Collop (8-8).

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Then Kannapolis' defense fell apart. Adrian Nieto reached when catcher Miguel Gonzalez threw away his sacrifice bunt, allowing Newsome to score. Second baseman Dan Wagner caught Justino Cuevas' popup, but then threw it away to allow the other two runs to score.

Kannapolis got a run back in the third on Brady Shoemaker's RBI single.

The Suns picked up an insurance run in the fifth on singles by Rick Hague, J.P. Ramirez and Destin Hood.

Shane McCatty and Dean Weaver closed out the game for the Suns. Weaver earned his 15th save.

Ramirez and Newsome led the Suns' 11-hit attack with three hits each.

The outing prolonged Ramirez's recent run of success as he was named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 2-8

The Suns outfielder used a seven-game hit streak, which included four home runs and nine RBIs to pave the way to the weekly honor. He also had four multi-hit games to hit .464 in the span.

"I feel great. This honor means a lot," Ramirez said. "Right now I'm seeing the ball real well and putting it in play. I'm real locked in."

Ramirez has hit .303 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in the 41 games since the All-Star break.

Ramirez is the second Sun to earned SAL Player of the Week honors. Justin Bloxom won the award for June 14-20. Daniel Rosenbaum was named pitcher of the week of May 10-16.

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