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Suns do all intimidating in Kannapolis

June 09, 2012

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Hagerstown Suns suddenly have all the subtlety of a runaway locomotive.

They seem unstoppable and are picking up steam.

The Suns won their seventh straight game and closed to within breathing distance of division-leading Greensboro on Saturday with an 11-6 victory over Kannapolis.

Brian Goodwin and Billy Burns had three hits each, while Jason Martinson and Matt Skole each drove in two runs as Hagerstown won its fifth straight game against the Intimidators.

In the process, the Suns (38-23) have moved to within 1 1/2 games of Greensboro for the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division lead with eight games remaining in the first half.

The Grasshoppers have lost five straight games and have allowed  Hagerstown to pick up six games in the standings since June 2.

The Suns scored in six of the first seven innings to account for all of their offense.

Hagerstown took command of the game with a four-run fourth inning to take an 8-2 lead. Skole highlighted the rally with a two-run home run — his 13th — to give starter Taylor Hill more than enough support.

Hill (6-4) pitched five inning, allowing four runs on nine hits, but was never threatened.

Hagerstown took a 2-0 lead in the first, scoring on an RBI single by Martinson and a wild pitch.

The Suns went up 3-1 in the second on an RBI single by Goodwin. Caleb Ramsey put the Suns up 4-1 in the third with a groundout before Skole’s drive blew the game open in the fourth.

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