ASHEVILLE, N.C. (April 19, 2017) - Bernardo Flores set the tone on the mound early, and the Intimidators bullpen slammed the door in a 2-1 win over the Asheville Tourists to complete a series sweep on Wednesday night at McCormick Field. Kannapolis (6-8) has won five of its last six games.
Pitching continued to power the Intimidators motor as Kannapolis allowed just one run for the fourth time in the last five games. Flores (2-1) opened with four scoreless frames before rain interrupted his outing. He allowed a home run to Asheville's Max George (1) in the fifth before working around a double for a scoreless sixth to complete his night. The left-hander, whom the White Sox selected in the seventh round of the June 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Southern California, finished the night with 6.0 innings pitched, allowing a run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts en route to his second straight win.
Kannapolis took a lead in the third inning when Grant Massey doubled off wall in right-center field, and Brandon Dulin drove him in with a two-out single to left for a 1-0 lead. The Intimidators doubled the lead in the fifth when Joel Booker singled up the middle and turned on the jets to go first-to-third on a Tyler Sullivan base hit. Tourists starting pitcher Riley Pint threw wild to first base on an attempted pick-off, allowing Booker to score what turned out to be the winning run.
Pint (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on five hits over 4 and 2/3 innings. The Rockies No. 2 prospect and the fourth overall selection in last June's draft, Pint walked two batters while striking out one.
The Intimidators bullpen came through with three strong innings. Luis Ledo spun a perfect seventh, followed by Kevin Escorcia's 1-2-3 eighth. In the ninth, Kyle Kubat retired the first two batters before plunking the next two Tourists, putting the tying and winning runs on base. Kubat, who earned the save (1), buckled down to retire Willie Abreu, getting the Asheville batter to fly out to left field to end the game.
The game was delayed 19 minutes with two outs in the top of the fifth inning due to rain, which lingered in the middle innings as play resumed.
Kannapolis returns home on Thursday to open a 4-game series in Kannapolis against Hickory as RHP Jimmy Lambert (1-0, 2.77 ERA) takes the mound on Thursday against the Crawdads' RHP Kyle Cody (0-0, 4.00 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. Gates open Thursday at 6:00 p.m. for Gamer Night where one lucky fan will win a Play Station 4. It's also Thirsty Thursday with discounted drinks all game long. 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.