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Intimidators jump Suns early

August 20, 2011

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Trayce Thompson hit a pair of home runs Saturday, and the Kannapolis Intimidators opened the game with a four-run first inning and beat the Hagerstown Suns 6-2 in the South Atlantic League.

The Intimidators (69-53, 32-22 second half) have won two of the first three games of the four-game series, which concludes today. Kannapolis holds a two-game lead over the Suns (70-54, 30-24) in the Northern Division race.

Kannapolis jumped all over Hagerstown starter Matt Swynenberg (6-2) from the Intimidators’ first batter — Keenyn Walker, who doubled. Carlos Sanchez followed with an RBI double, and one out and one walk later, Thompson launched his 22nd home run of the season to center for a 4-0 lead.

The Suns cut the lead by one in the second against Kannapolis starter Spencer Arroyo (9-8) on two singles and a walk — capped by Adrian Nieto’s RBI single.

The Intimidators got the run back in the fourth on doubles by Marcus Semien and Leighton Pangilinan for a 5-1 lead.

Jason Martinson led off the fifth with his 16th home run of the season to pull Hagerstown back within three at 5-2.

Thompson hit his second homer of the game and 23rd of the season in the sixth, a solo shot that gave Kannapolis a 6-2 lead and closed out the scoring.

Arroyo was sharp for the Intimidators, allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk in eight innings while striking out five.

Steven Upchurch allowed two hits in the ninth but held Hagerstown scoreless with the help of a double play.

Swynenberg worked six innings for the Suns, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

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