Hickory, NC- The Crawdads shutout the Kannapolis Intimidators 3-0 on Tuesday night in the series opener. The 'Dads have won their last four games at the Frans after sweeping Charleston last week.
Tyreque Reed got the 'Dads on the board with a solo homerun to left field in the fourth inning. The homerun was his twelfth of the season.
Matt Whatley extended the 'Dads lead to two runs with a homerun down the left field line in just his second at bat as a Crawdad.
Tyler Phillips was dominant on the mound for the Crawdads. Phillips pitched seven innings, racking up thirteen strikeouts. In the seventh, the first two batters reached second and third, but Phillips struck out the next three batters to strand the runners and escape the inning unscathed. He allowed six hits and walked none. Phillips' 2.92 ERA is tied for sixth best in the league, while his nine wins is tied for second best.
In the bottom of the seventh, Pedro Gonzalez hit the 'Dads third homerun of the night to put them ahead 3-0.
Josh Advocate pitched the game's final two innings, to earn his fifth save of the season. The win gives the 'Dads a 9-8 edge in the Battle of the Backroads season series against the Intimidators.
The 'Dads and Intimidators will square off again tomorrow night in a double header starting at 5pm. It will be the 'Dads first ever Purr in the Park and cats are encouraged to come out to the Frans. All cats must be on a leash or in a kennel.
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