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Intimidators score in bunches to knock off Suns

August 11, 2010

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- The Kannapolis Intimidators couldn't be bothered with straight numbers Tuesday night.

Instead, Kannapolis collected crooked numbers, scoring multiple runs in three of the first four innings on the way to an 8-2 victory over the Hagerstown Suns in the South Atlantic League.

Brady Shoemaker went 2 for 3 with three RBIs for the Intimidators (52-61, 21-23 second half). Nick Ciolli added two hits and two RBIs and John Spatola had two hits.

Kannapolis jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Suns starter Billy Ott (1-1). Tyler Saladino and Shoemaker both drew one-out walks and Ciolli drove in both runners with a two-out triple to left. Ciolli scored when Suns shortstop Rick Hague threw the ball away trying to get Ciolli at third.

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Hagerstown (53-62, 17-28) got one run back in the third. Eury Perez walked with one out, took second on a wild pitch and third on a throwing error on the same play. Perez scored on Hague's single to center.

Hague advanced to third on Adrian Sanchez's base hit, but Kannapolis starter Andre Rienzo worked out of the jam by striking out J.P. Ramirez and Destin Hood.

The Intimidators started their half of the third with back-to-back doubles by Saladino and Shoemaker to make it 4-1. Jose Vargas drove in Shoemaker with a single to make it 5-1.

Kannapolis started the fourth with consecutive singles to chase Ott. Kyle Morrison came on in relief and got one quick out, but Daniel Wagner followed with an RBI single to increase the lead to 6-1.

Morrison hit Saladino with a pitch to load the bases and Shoemaker followed with a two-run single for an 8-1 advantage.

Perez scored the Suns' other run in the fifth by getting a one-out single, moving up on a balk and scoring on Sanchez's single.

Rienzo went 5 1/3 innings for Kannapolis, allowing six hits and striking out eight.

The Suns are off today. They begin a five-game homestand at Municipal Stadium against Greensboro on Thursday.

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