Rondon dazzles defensively in win

Danish works 2.0 scoreless innings in Class A debut

By Josh Feldman / Kannapolis Intimidators | August 24, 2013 6:36 PM ET

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (August 24, 2013) -- The Kannapolis Intimidators did a lot of things well in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Rome Braves, but nothing compared to the double play Cleuluis Rondon turned in the second inning.

Rome trailed Kannapolis 2-1 with runners on the corners and no outs in the top of the second inning. Joey Meneses grounded to shortstop Tim Anderson, who threw to Rondon at second base for a force out to start the twin-killing. Rather than make the turn to first, Rondon fired home where Mike Marjama applied the tag on Casey Kalenkowsky, the runner from third base, preventing the tying run from crossing the plate.  

Starting pitcher Frank Montas, acquired by the White Sox along with Rondon from Boston in the Jake Peavy trade, made sure the Braves didn't threaten again. Montas (5-10) allowed just two more base runners through the six inning, at one point striking out six of seven batters from the third through fifth innings. He equalled his career-high with nine strikeouts, allowing a run on four hits with two walks to earn the win. Montas is now 3-1 in four starts with Kannapolis.

Tyler Danish, the White Sox second round pick in the June 2013 First-Year Player Draft, picked up where Montas left off. In his Class A debut, Danish spun 2.0 scoreless innings, striking out four -- three looking -- and retired six of seven batters faced in the seventh and eighth innings.  

Trailing 1-0 heading to the bottom of the first, two other Sox prospects jump-started the offense. Jacob May led off with a base hit and scored on Tim Anderson's game-tying triple. Anderson came home on a Jason Coats groundout to claim the lead. May and Anderson each walked and scored in the third inning with Coats and Keon Barnum driving them in for a 4-1 lead.

In the fourth, Eric Grabe walked and scored from first on a Nick Basto double. Basto came home on a sac-fly by May for a 6-1 lead.  

May finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, extending his career-best hitting streak to 12 games. He is now batting .408 (20-49) since Aug. 13. Coats was 1-for-4 with two RBI, upping his total to 81 RBI this season, third-most in the South Atlantic League.

Rome starter Mauricio Cabrera (3-8) took the loss, allowing six runs on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Matt Chaffee and Zach Jadofsky combined for 4.0 scoreless, hitless innings of the Braves bullpen, allowing just two base runners -- both batters plunked by Chaffee -- the rest of the way. Chaffee struck out eight of the 11 batters he faced over 3.0 innings.

Stew Brase worked around a walk for a scoreless ninth.

The Intimidators and Braves play the series rubber match on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. For ticket and promotional information, fans can call the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267 or visit

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