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Suns head to playoffs after loss in finale

September 02, 2013

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Kannapolis Intimidators’ season ended with a bang.

The Hagerstown Suns’ season ended with a thud.

But the Suns will live to play another day.

Jacob May lined the first pitch he saw from Hagerstown reliever Christian Meza over the left-field wall with two outs in the 10th inning to give Kannapolis a come-from-behind 4-3 victory on Sunday in the final game of the South Atlantic League’s regular season.

The Intimidators won three of the last four games to end their season.

The Suns (80-57, 42-28), inturn, ride into the SAL Northern Division playoffs on a three-game losing streak. Hagerstown, the first-half champions, face West Virginia on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the first game of a best-of-3 series.

Hagerstown led 3-0 before the Intimidators tied the game in the bottom of the eighth.

Derek Self came on in relief with one out and allowed a double to Mike Marjama before Kale Kiser singled and Eric Grabe hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in a run to make it 3-1.

Bryan Harper relieved Self and allowed an RBI single to May before the tying run scored when Tim Anderson reached on a fielding error by third baseman Mike McQuillan.

May won the game with his eighth homer of the season for his second RBI of the game off Meza (3-1).

The Suns scored single runs in the second, fourth and eighth innings to give starter Kylin Turnbull the lead.

Wander Ramos and McQuillan led off the second with back-to-back doubles off Kannapolis starter Tony Bucciferro.

Ramos reached on a Grabe fielding error with one out in the fourth and eventually scored on Will Piwnica-Worms’ single to give Hgerstown a 2-0 lead.

McQuillan singled in the eighth against Andre Wheeler and stole second before taking third on a wild pitch. After Piwnica-Worms walked, Estarlin Martinez hit an RBI single.

Stew Brase (3-2) pitched two innings of relief to get the win for Kannapolis.

Turnbull allowed a hit and a walk, while striking out three, in five shutout innings.

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