Preview: Andre Davis back to the mound

Seven game home stand begins Monday against Greenville

By Josh Feldman / Kannapolis Intimidators | August 7, 2017 4:16 PM ET


Kannapolis Intimidators vs. Greenville Drive
19-24 Second Half (58-53) - Chicago White Sox
20-22 Second Half (61-50) - Boston Red Sox
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 7:05 p.m.
Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System - Kannapolis, N.C.
Game #112 of 138
LH Andre Davis (6-4, 4.52) vs. LH Jay Groome (2-4, 7.90)


Today's Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) return to Kannapolis for a 7-game home stand with three games against the Drive (A, Red Sox) beginning on Monday followed by four against Greensboro. Kannapolis is coming off three straight losses on the road while Greenville split a 4-game series on the road at Charleston before coming to Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare system. In Monday's game, Kannapolis sends left-hander Andre Davis to the mound for his second outing since he joined the White Sox organization while the Drive counters with left-hander Jay Groome, who earlier on Monday was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for July 31-August 6.

Intimidating Starter: Andre Davis, 23, makes his second start since joining the White Sox after being dealt on July 30 from the Royals along with A.J. Puckett in exchange for Melky Cabrera and cash considerations. He struck out eight over six scoreless innings in his Intimidators debut on Aug. 2 to beat Delmarva. In 18 games with Lexington, he went 5-4 with a 4.83 ERA (46 ER/85.2 IP) and 87 strikeouts in 2017. He spent his first two seasons with the Burlington Royals, going a combined 4-4 with a 5.95 ERA (37 ER/56.0 IP) and 60 strikeouts in 18 games (six starts) in 2015-16. The Royals selected Davis in the eighth round of the June 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Arkansas Pine Bluff. This season, he set a career-high with 11 strikeouts over 7.0 innings in a May 28 complete-game win over Columbia, including striking out Tim Tebow in all three of his at-bats. Earlier this season, he earned SAL Pitcher of the Week honors in April after tossing 7.0 shutout innings of 3-hit ball, striking out eight in an April 20 win at Columbia.

Dealing for Drive: Jay Groome, 18, makes his eighth start for the Drive and his 11th this season after rejoining Greenville from the Short-Season Lowell Spinners. Groome, who was named SAL Pitcher of the Week earlier today for his efforts July 31-Aug. 6, struck out a career-high eight over 6.0 scoreless innings of 1-hit ball to earn a win on August 2 against Asheville. He made one start on April 10 for the Drive before being placed on the Disabled List. In three starts this season with Lowell, he went 0-2 with a 1.64 ERA (2 ER/11.0 IP) and 14 strikeouts, returning to Greenville on July 4. Overall this season, he is 2-6 with a 7.90 ERA (24 ER/27.1 IP) and 35 strikeouts in 10 games (10 starts). The Red Sox selected Groome in the first round of the June 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Barnegat (N.J.) High School.

Mighty Micker: South Atlantic League MVP candidate Micker Adolfo ranks third in the league with 15 home runs, tied for third with 62 RBI and 44 extra-base hits. The White Sox No. 17 prospect leads the league in total bases (181) and is batting .279 (105-377) despite higher strikeout totals (127, second-most in the league). On Saturday, Adolfo hit a game-tying 3-run home run in the eighth inning, his third home run in three games following his first multi-HR game on Thursday in Greensboro.

Go Long: Saturday's 15-inning loss at Greensboro is the longest by time for Kannapolis this season, taking 4:39. The Intimidators longest game by innings came in a June 6 win, 2-1, at the Lakewood BlueClaws in game that lasted 16 innings. The team's previous long game by time came on April 22 at home against Hickory, a 4:38 contest that Kannapolis won in 12 innings, 10-9. Kannapolis is now 4-8 in extra-innings games in 2017, including 0-2 to Greensboro.

Stay Classy Grant Massey: In Saturday's 11th inning, Kannapolis turned to Grant Massey, who made his professional pitching debut after spending the first 10 innings as the team's shortstop. Massey tossed a perfect 11th, worked around a hit in the 12th, and retired the side in order in the 13th. He sat down nine of 10 batter faced.

Mighty Casey: Forget Casey at the Bat. Casey on the mound became a reality in Saturday's 14th when the Kannapolis catcher took the mound for the first time ever. Casey Schroeder, who did not pitch in high school nor college, worked around a pair of walks in a scoreless 14th inning before giving up the game-winning run in the 15th frame.

About Last Night: The Intimidators suffered a 7-0 shutout loss to the Grasshoppers, dropping a third straight game to lose the series in Greensboro.

Blanked by Bugs: Kannapolis came up scoreless for the second time in three games in Greensboro to finish the weekend. Over the team's last three games, the Intimidators have scored runs in two frames over 31 innings, a 4-0 loss in 9 innings on Friday, a 5-4 loss in 15 innings on Saturday, and a 7-0 loss in 9 innings on Sunday. Kannapolis has not scored in its last 16 innings, dating back to Saturday's eighth inning. The team's longest scoreless streak of the season, lasting 20 innings, came April 29-May 2

Road Woes: Kannapolis dropped three straight road games over the weekend, matching the team's longest road losing streak of 2017. The Intimidators also fell in three straight road games July 12-14.

Broadcast Information: All home and select road games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network online at and via the TuneIn Radio App with Josh Feldman, now in his seventh season as the "Voice of the Intimidators." Phil Constantino will handle play-by-play during weekend home games.

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

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