LAKEWOOD, N.J. (May 8, 2014) - Former Charlotte 49ers pitcher Tyler Barnette picked up his first win of the season as the Kannapolis Intimidators battered the BlueClaws for the second straight game, 9-2, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J., on Thursday night. Kannapolis (18-15) won its fourth straight game and clinched a road series win, outscoring Lakewood 19-4 over the last two games.
Barnette (1-1) worked 5.0 solid innings, allowing two runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in just his second start of the season. The White Sox selected the former Hickory High School product in the 14th round of the June 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Four Intimidators batters enjoyed multi-hit games, including first baseman Danny Hayes who doubled twice to extend his on-base streak to 24 games, now tied for the longest streak in the South Atlantic League this season and tied for the seventh-longest in Minor League Baseball this season. Hayes has reached base safely in every game he has played since April 11.
Catcher Omar Narvaez collected a game-high 3 RBI, going 3-5 on the night while New Jersey native Carl Thomore celebrated his homecoming by going 3-4 with a double, 2 RBI and two runs scored. Trey Michalczewski also drove in a pair of runs, going 2-4 with two runs scored.
Kannapolis scored a run in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, building a 4-2 lead before pulling away with a 3-run seventh and adding two more runs in the eighth inning. The Intimidators pounded out 14 hits, going 14-40 (.350) on the night.
Leadoff man Adam Engel added his league-leading 16th stolen base of the season, going 1-6 with an RBI on the night.
Andrew Mitchell worked out of the bullpen for Kannapolis for the first time this season, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings while giving up a hit, walking three and striking out three. Jose Brito also spun 2.0 scoreless innings, striking two and walking two.
Lakewood starter Ranfi Casimiro (1-4) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits over 4 and 2/3 innings. The BlueClaws bullpen gave up five runs on seven hits over 4 and 1/3 innings.
The Intimidators play for a series sweep at Lakewood on Friday at FirstEnergy Park at 7:05 p.m. Kannapolis is on a 7-day road trip to Lakewood and Hagerstown before returning home to CMC-NorthEast Stadium on Wednesday, May 14. For ticket and promotional information, call the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267.