KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (May 3, 2014) - The Kannapolis Intimidators dropped their fourth straight game, falling 6-2 to the Hickory Crawdads on Saturday night in front of a new season-high 4,417 fans at CMC-NorthEast Stadium. The loss moved Kannapolis (14-15) back under .500 on the season.
Crawdads starter Frank Lopez struck out eight batters over 5 and 2/3 innings to earn his first win in three career starts against the Intimidators. Lopez (3-1) allowed two runs on six hits without walking a batter.
Hickory provided Lopez with early run support as the first three batters hit safely, including an RBI-double for Ryan Cordell and a run-scoring single by Ronald Guzman, for an early 2-0 lead. The Crawdads would not ceed the lead the rest of the evening.
Kannapolis starter James Dykstra suffered his second straight loss, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5.0 innings. Dykstra (2-4) struck out five and walked one.
Kannapolis responded in the home half of the inning when Danny Hayes extended his on-base streak to 20 straight games with a base hit to drive in Adam Engel, who scored his South Atlantic League-leading 24th run of the season.
After Hickory extended their lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth, Trey Michalczewski led off the bottom of the inning with a triple and scored on a Zach Voight base hit to pull Kannapolis back within a run, 3-2.
The Crawdads added on three runs in the eight against the Intimidators bullpen, all charged to reliever Jose Brito. Former Charlotte 49ers pitcher Tyler Barnette worked the final 1 and 2/3 innings for the Intimidators, allowing a pair of inherited runners to score on an Evan Van Hooiser triple before settling down to retire the final five batters he faced.
Van Hoosier paced an 11-hit attack from Hickory, going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and a run scored.
For the second straight night, the Intimidators welcomed their largest crowd of the season to CMC-NorthEast Stadium. More than 4,400 fans packed the 4,700-seat stadium for the first fireworks night of the season, presented by Freightliner Rec Club. The team's next post-game fireworks night is Saturday, May 31, presented by CMC-NorthEast.
The Intimidators continue this 4-game series against the Crawdads on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. Sunday's game is Kid's Day presented by Cornerstone Church featuring pre-game player autographs, post-game kids run the bases and all kids tickets are only $5. For ticket information, call the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267 or visit IntimidatorsBaseball.com.
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