Franco's late double completes DH sweep

Kannapolis rallies for 3 runs in final at-bats to win 4th straight

J.J. Franco hit a go-ahead double with two outs in the sixth to beat Hagerstown on July 9, 2017, in the second game of a doubleheader. (photo by Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images)

By Josh Feldman / Kannapolis Intimidators | July 9, 2017 8:07 PM ET

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 9, 2017) - J.J Franco came through with a go-ahead double with two outs in the sixth inning to cap a comeback win, 3-2 in seven innings, in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader at Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System. Kannapolis (8-10 Second Half, 47-39) swept both games of Sunday's twin bill to run the team's current winning streak to four games.

After trailing the entire game, the Intimidators rallied for three runs in the home half of the sixth to steal a win in the team's final at-bats. Down 2-0 to the Suns, Zach Remillard opened the inning with a base hit, and Gavin Sheets drew a walk to put the tying run on base. Micker Adolfo moved both men into scoring position with a sac-bunt, and Jake Burger, the White Sox first round pick from the June 2017 First-Year Player Draft, drove in Remillard with an RBI-groundout to cut Hagerstown's lead to 2-1.  

Aaron Schnurbusch drew a 2-out walk to put the go-ahead run on base, and Franco followed with a double down the left field line to plate Sheets and Schnurbusch to capture the lead. Franco finished 2-for-3 with two RBI.  

Jake Elliott (1-1) tossed the final 1 and 2/3 innings, working around two walks, to earn the win. Hagerstown reliever Jordan Mills (4-2) took the loss, allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning of relief.  

Kannapolis starter Yelmison Peralta worked 4 and 2/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits. Suns starter Sterling Sharp tossed 5.0 scoreless innings, working around three hits and two walks while striking out two in a no decision.  

The Intimidators wrap up this 4-game home stand on Monday at 7:05 p.m. against the Suns as Kannapolis sends RHP Blake Hickman to the mound against LHP McKenzie Mills. The Intimidators are hosting Belly Buster Monday featuring all-you-can-eat included in all tickets for only $16 (only $14 for children 12 and under). Tickets are available by calling the F&M Bank Box Office at 704-932-3267 or by visiting IntimidatorsBaseball.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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