GREENSBORO, N.C. (August 14, 2014) - The Grasshoppers used a pair of leadoff home runs in the sixth and seventh innings to overtake the Intimidators as Greensboro edged Kannapolis, 4-3, on Thursday at NewBridge Bank Park.
Avery Romero open the bottom of the sixth with a game-tying home run (5) off Brad Salgado to knot the game, 3-3. One inning later, J.T. Riddle launched a bomb (9) to right field for a 4-3 lead.
Brad Salgado (2-2) struck out a career-high four batters over 3.0 innings but took the loss for Kannapolis, allowing the two home runs in a relief effort.
Kannapolis overcame a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the top of the fifth against reliever Tyler Kane. Ryan Leonards blasted a 2-out, 2-run double over the head of center fielder Yefri Perez, scoring Toby Thomas and Carl Thomore to tie the game. Two batters later, Christian Stringer singled to right field, cashing Leonards for a 3-2 lead.
Kane (2-0) recovered to toss two more scoreless frames, finishing the night after 3.0 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with three walks, earning the win. Tyler Bremer and Tyler Kinley each tossed a perfect relief inning with Kinley notching the save (10).
Greensboro jumped ahead in the first inning a J.T. Riddle singled to lead off the frame and moved to second on a Chris Hoo base hit. Two batters later, Riddle scored on a Felix Munoz sacrifice-fly for a 1-0 lead. The Hoppers extended their lead in the fourth inning when Kentrell Dewitt scored on an Eddy Alvarez throwing error for a 2-0 lead.
Eddy Alvarez, who won a speed skating silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, continued his hot start since his promotion to Kannapolis on Monday. He went 2-3 and is now batting .600 (6-10) with the Intimidators.
Thad Lowry took no decision, working 5.0 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits with a walk and a strikeout. Hoppers starting pitcher Jarlin Garcia tossed 4.0 scoreless frames, striking out four batters while limiting Kannapolis to two hits in a no decision.
The Intimidators continue this 4-game series in Greensboro on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at NewBridge Bank Park as LHP Jordan Guerrero (6-0, 3.00) takes the mound for Kannapolis against Greensboro's RHP Ryan Wertenberger (1-0, 4.05). The Intimidators return to Kannapolis on Tuesday for a 3-game series against the Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies). For ticket and promotional information, call the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267 or visit IntimidatorsBaseball.com.