HAGERSTOWN, Md. (August 9, 2014) - Hagerstown second baseman Wilmer Difo enjoyed a career night to lead the Suns to a 9-4 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Saturday at Municipal Stadium. Difo finished a triple shy of the cycle while collecting a career-high four hits and driving in four runs, one RBI shy of his career high.
Dfio, who went 4-5 with two doubles and a bomb, broke a 4-4 tie with a 2-run home run (12) in the home half of the seventh. He added his second double of the night in the eighth to drive in two more as part of a 3-run frame to help Hagerstown pull away.
Dylan Chavez took the loss for Kannapolis, allowing five runs (two earned) on four hits over 2 and 1/3 innings. Chavez (3-4) walked one and struck out one while enduring his first loss since June 8.
Sam Johns (3-0), the fourth different Suns pitcher of the night, earned the win with 2 and 1/3 perfect frames, retiring all seven batters he faced including a pair of strikeouts.
The Intimidators overcame a 4-1 deficit in the top of the seventh with a 2-out rally for three runs to knot up the score. Carl Thomore's sac-fly, the second out of the seventh, scored Jacob Morris. T.J. Williams followed with a double to chase reliever Phillips Valdez from the game. Ryan Leonards welcomed the new pitcher, Joseph Webb, to the game with an RBI-triple to pull the Intimidators within a run. Leonards scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, 4-4.
Kannapolis broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning on a Jacob Morris base hit to cash Trey Michalczewski for a 1-0 lead. Morris finished the game 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored while adding his team-leading 33rd double, the fourth most in the South Atlantic League.
The Suns responded with three runs in the home half of the fourth thanks to three doubles. Wilmer Difo doubled to open the inning, and two batters later, Spencer Kieboom doubled him home to tie the game, 1-1. After Carlos Lopez drew a 2-out walk, Jimmy Yezzo followed with a 2-run double for a 3-1 lead.
Kannapolis starter Thad Lowry lasted 5 and 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits while walking three and striking out one.
Felipe Rivero, the Suns starting pitcher, struck out six batters over 4.0 innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits in a no decision.
Kannapolis has now dropped five straight games since Aug. 4, the team's fifth skid of five or more games this season.
The Intimidators wrap up this 4-game series against the Hagerstown Suns on Sunday at Municipal Stadium at 5:05 p.m. The team returns to Kannapolis on Monday for a 3-game series against the Lexington Legends (Royals) starting with Belly Buster Monday, featuring all-you-can-eat for only $10 (some exclusions apply). For ticket and promotional information, call the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267 or visit IntimidatorsBaseball.com.