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Suns' title hopes take another hit

August 21, 2011

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Jon Bachanov pitched six scoreless innings and the Kannapolis Intimidators edged the Hagerstown Suns 2-1 on Sunday in the final game of an important four-game series in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division.

Kannapolis (70-53, 33-22) entered the series with a one-game lead over Hagerstown (70-55, 30-25) and won 3 of 4 games to leave the Suns three games back with 14 to play.

Suns starter Robbie Ray was brilliant for his four innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out seven to keep the Intimidators off the board.

Bachanov (2-2) was up to the task, keeping Hagerstown off the board while allowing just three hits in his six innings.

The Intimidators broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth against Suns reliever Christopher McKenzie (4-5). With one out, Rangel Ravelo singled and Marcus Semien hit a ground-rule double to right before Miguel Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly scored Ravelo.

The Intimidators tacked on an insurance run in the eighth. Keenyn Walker singled leading off, stole second and scored on Thompson’s two-out single.

That insurance run proved huge in the ninth, as the Suns scored against Kannapolis reliever Justin Collop. Adrian Sanchez hit a one-out triple and came home on Kevin Keyes’ sacrifice fly.

Collop struck out Jason Martinson to end the game and earn a three-inning save.

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