KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (April 20, 2017) - Jimmy Lambert spun a career-high 8.0 innings to pitch the Intimidators past the Hickory Crawdads, 6-2, on Thursday night at Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System. Kannapolis (7-8) won its fourth straight game and sixth of its last seven.
Lambert (2-0) limited Hickory to two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking none and striking out four to earn his second straight win. The right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.14 over three starts in 2017. Lane Hobbs struck out two in a scoreless ninth to finish the game on the mound.
The Intimidators jumped in front early with a 4-run second inning, kick-started by a Seby Zavala solo home run (2) with two outs in the frame. Grant Massey then reached base on an error, which opened the door for three more runs. Joel Booker followed Tyler Sullivan's single with an RBI base hit to cash Massey, and Mitch Roman added a two-run hit to center field for a 4-0 lead.
Hickory (5-10) used a pair of sacrifice flies in the top of the third to get two runs back as Yeyson Yrizzari and Brallan Perez drove in runs. Kannapolis returned fire with two runs in the bottom of the fifth when Mitch Roman singled and scored on a Jameson Fisher triple. Fisher crossed the plate on a Crawdads error for a 6-2 lead.
Roman finished the night 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, upping his average to .449 (22-49), which leads the South Atlantic League. The Intimidators pounded out 11 hits as eight of nine men in the lineup hit safely in the game.
Kannapolis continues this 4-game series against Hickory on Friday as RHP Yosmer Solorzano (1-1, 1.50 ERA) takes the mound against the Crawdads' RHP Emerson Martinez (1-1, 1.80 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. Gates open Friday at 6:00 p.m. as the Intimidators host Get Healthy Kannapolis where fans that take a physical challenge before the game can earn a voucher for healthy concessions items at the game. Tickets are available by calling the F&M Bank Box Office at 704-932-3267 or by visiting IntimidatorsBaseball.com.
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