Booker drives in two runs to drop 'Dads in Game 1

Lambert spins first career complete game to earn victory

Joel Booker (23) of the Kannapolis Intimidators at bat against the Lakewood BlueClaws at Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium on April 6, 2017 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The BlueClaws defeated the Intimidators 7-5. (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images) (Brian Westerholt)

By Josh Feldman / Kannapolis Intimidators | April 15, 2017 6:16 PM ET

Joel Booker drove in two runs in support of Jimmy Lambert's first career complete game as the Intimidators topped the Hickory Crawdads, 3-1, in a 7-inning game on Saturday evening at L.P. Frans Stadium in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader.  

HICKORY, N.C. (April 15, 2017) - Joel Booker drove in two runs in support of Jimmy Lambert's first career complete game as the Intimidators topped the Hickory Crawdads, 3-1, in a 7-inning game on Saturday evening at L.P. Frans Stadium in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader.  

 

Lambert (1-0) started off the game on fire from the mound, striking out the first three batters he faced. The White Sox fifth round pick from the June 2016 First-Year Player Draft worked all 7.0 innings, limiting the Crawdads to a run on six hits with five strikeouts and a walk to earn the win.  

 

Kannapolis put an early run on the board in the top of the first when Booker and Mitch Roman led off the game with base hits. Two batters later, Brandon Dulin grounded to Crawdads first baseman Preston Scott, who threw wide of second base and into left field, allowing Booker to score on the error. Booker added an RBI-single in the second to plate Antonio Rodriguez for a 2-0 lead.  

 

Hickory cut into the Kannapolis lead, 2-1, in the bottom of the second inning as Ricky Valencia dropped a base hit into left field to score Preston Scott.

 

The Intimidators got a run back in the fourth inning. Micker Adolfo led off with a single and moved to third on a double by Antonio Rodriguez. Booker added a two-out RBI-single up the middle to cash Adolfo for a 3-1 lead.  

 

Hickory starting pitcher Edgar Arredondo (0-2) improved from his rough first outing of the season a week ago. He allowed three runs (two earned) on 10 hits over 5.0 innings against Kannapolis in a losing effort. The right-hander gave up six runs (five earned) over 1 and 1/3 innings against the Grasshoppers on April 9.  

 

Mitch Roman added two hits for Kannapolis, going 2-for-4 and improving his average against the Crawdads this series to .692 (9-13). Booker finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.  

 

The Intimidators wrap up this 4-game series against the Crawdads with the second game of the doubleheader as RHP Yosmer Solorzano (1-0, 1.50 ERA) takes the ball for Kannapolis against Hickory's LHP Sal Mendez (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Following the completion of the twin-bill, Kannapolis is off Sunday before leaving Monday morning for a 3-game series in Asheville.  The Intimidators return home on Thursday, April 20, to open a 4-game series in Kannapolis against Hickory. Tickets are available by calling the F&M Bank Box Office at 704-932-3267 or by visiting IntimidatorsBaseball.com.

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