Intimidators hold off Suns, avoid sweep

August 04, 2013

HAGERSTOWN — The Kannapolis Intimidators took a first-inning lead and never relinquished it Sunday, holding off the Hagerstown Suns 4-3 to avoid a four-game sweep at Municipal Stadium.

The Suns (26-17, 64-46), who had their four-game win streak snapped, fell 2 1/2 games behind first-place West Virginia in the South Atlantic League Northern Division second-half standings.

Starter Michael Recchia (5-0) pitched seven strong innings for Kannapolis (16-27, 43-68), allowing one run, six hits and a walk while striking out eight.

The Intimidators went up 1-0 in the first against Suns starter Kylin Turnbull (5-4) on an RBI single by Mike Marjama.

The score remained the same until the seventh, when the Intimidators rallied for three runs for a 4-0 lead. The big blows were back-to-back RBI doubles by Jacob May and Tim Anderson off Suns reliever Justin Thomas.

The Suns finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh. Estarlin Martinez hit a one-out single, went to second on a groundout and scored on a single by Craig Manuel to make it 4-1.

Recchia was relieved by Euclides Leyer in the eighth — a welcomed change for the Suns. Mike McQuillan walked, Shawn Pleffner singled and both scored on Khayyan Norfork’s two-out triple to center. But with the tying run on third, Martinez flew out to center.

Ryan Bollinger pitched a perfect ninth for Kannapolis for his third save.

Anderson, Marjama and Nick Basto each had two of the Intimidators’ 10 hits.

Pleffner and Stephen Perez each had two hits for Hagerstown, which finished with eight.

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