HAGERSTOWN, Md. (August 10, 2014) - The Hagerstown Suns completed a 4-game sweep of Kannapolis on Sunday, beating the Intimidators 5-3 at Municipal Stadium. Kannapolis (53-64, 24-26 Second Half) has now dropped six straight games.
Shortstop Toby Thomas hit his first home run (1) since joining Kannapolis from Advanced Rookie Great Falls last week. His 2-run blast in the fifth inning gave the Intimidators a 2-1 advantage but the lead was short-lived. Thomas finished 2-4 with 2 RBI while Trey Michalczewski drove in the Intimidators other run with an eighth-inning sac-fly to cash Chevy Clarke.
Hagerstown, which scored a run in the first inning on a double-steal that brought home Wilmer Difo, tied the game up in the fifth. Rafael Bautista singled off reliever Tyler Barnette, allowing an inherited runner to score to knot the game, 2-2.
The Suns' tally in the fifth started a string a scoring a run in four straight frames to pull ahead and secure the victory. In the sixth, Austin Chubb doubled to cash Jimmy Yezzo for a 3-2 lead. Wilman Rodriguez scored on a Narcisco Mesa ground-rule double in the seventh. Rodriguez singled to cash Cody Dent in the eighth to go up 5-3.
Barnette (2-8) suffered the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits over 3 and 1/3 innings while striking out two. Jordan Guerrero gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits over 4 and 2/3 innings in his fifth start of the season. Guerrero matched his career-high with six strikeouts while walking two.
Hagerstown's Ryan Ullmann (4-1) earned the win, allowing a run over 2.0 innings. David Napoli tossed a scoreless ninth for the save (4).
The Intimidators return 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.