CHARLESTON, W.V. - Luis Curbelo's grand slam in the eighth inning propelled the Intimidators past the Power Monday morning, 6-2, in Charleston, West Virginia, helping Kannapolis capture their second sweep of the season.
Fast forward to the eighth, Travis Moniot and Lenyn Sosa both struck out to begin the inning. After a Romy Gonzalez walk, an Ian Dawkins single and an intentional walk to Alex Destino, the bases were loaded for Curbelo with two outs. On a 1-1 pitch, Curbelo hit the first grand slam (3) of the season for Kannapolis to left-center field, helping the Intimidators take their first lead of the ball game, up 6-2.
After a clean first inning for both Kade McClure and Josias De Los Santos on the mound, Bryce Bush represented the first base runner of the ball game after reaching on a leadoff walk in the second. Next up, Destino singled on a line drive to right field and advanced to second on a fielding error by right fielder Charlie McConnell, putting two runners in scoring position.
Still with no outs, Curbelo sent a ball deep enough to center field to allow Bush to score from third on the sacrifice fly, giving the Intimidators an early 1-0 lead.
In the home-half of the second, McClure struck out Jake Anchia for the first out before allowing Bobby Honeyman to reach on a single to right field. On a 1-2 pitch, Onil Pena doubled (11) to left field, scoring Honeyman to tie the game, 1-1.
In the third, Johnny Slater and J.R. Davis both reached but McClure used two of his seven punchouts to strand both runners.
One inning later, Pena homered (3) on the first pitch to right-center field off McClure, untying the game, 2-1.
Kannapolis responded in the fifth with a solo homer of their own, as Amado Nunez led off the inning with a deep fly to left field, retying the game, 2-2.
Vince Arobio (W, 2-1) took over for the Intimidators in the seventh and never looked back, tossing 2.2 innings of hitless baseball, including three strikeouts.
The Intimidators will head back to Kannapolis to take on the Lexington Legends in a three-game tilt starting Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
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