ASHEVILLE- The Asheville Tourists are in a stretch where they are playing some really good baseball. Unfortunately, the Kannapolis Intimidators are playing just a little bit better. Kannapolis held off the surging Tourists for the second game in a row, this time by a final score of 7-5.
Luis Gonzalez hit a lead off Home Run in the top of the first inning for the second straight game. His blast put the Intimidators in front 1-0. Asheville answered the bell in the bottom of the first and plated two runs of their own. Sean Bouchard and Ramon Marcelino each contributed RBI singles.
Kannapolis' starting pitcher, Kade McClure, had to leave the game in the first inning due to what appeared to be a devastating knee injury. The next pitcher the Intimidators brought in, Kevin Escorcia, also departed due to an injury in the third.
The game remained 2-1 until Kannapolis came up to bat in the fifth. The visitors batted around and scored five runs to take a 6-2 lead. It is the 15th time this season Asheville has allowed an inning of four or more runs.
Casey Golden cut the lead in half with a 453 foot two-run bomb in the bottom of the fifth. Both teams exchanged runs in the sixth with Asheville's coming on a Chad Spanberger Home Run. That would be the last of the scoring.
The Tourists will attempt to rebound on Monday night at McCormick Field against the Intimidators. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
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