After walking 10 Greensboro batters, including seven in the first 4.1 innings, the Intimidators dropped the first game of the series against the Grasshoppers, 6-2, Wednesday night.
After two-straight strikeouts to begin the opening frame in Greensboro, Craig Dedelow singled on a line drive to left field, followed by a Tate Blackman homer (10) to center field, giving the I's a quick 2-0 lead.
In the third, Michael Hernandez doubled on a line drive to center, as Thomas Jones walked after a six-pitch at-bat with Zach Lewis (L, 2-3), with the last pitch of the at-bat going wild, allowing Hernandez to go first-to-third.
One batter later, Jose Devers singled on the first pitch of his at-bat to right field, scoring Hernandez, as Tyler Frost threw out Jones at third for the second out of the inning. After a walk to Tristan Pompey and a mound visit, Isael Soto peppered a ball to Frost in right, scoring Devers for the second run for the Grasshoppers.
In the fourth, Ricardo Cespedes drew the fifth out of seven walks issued by Lewis to the Greensboro batters, as Cespedes wound up scoring on a fielding error from Johan Cruz at third base, giving the Grasshoppers a 3-2 lead.
After a fifth inning that saw four players get walked between both teams with no runs scored, Greensboro used three singles to score two runs, highlighted by a Soto singled that scored both runs, increasing the 'Hoppers lead to three, 5-2.
In the seventh, Greensboro (44-44) played small ball and capitalized on a Kannapolis error to add on another run, bringing across the last run of the ball game, giving the home team a 6-2 win.
Kannapolis (48-38) will stay in Greensboro for game two of the three-game series, as the Intimidators will send out LHP Drew Harrington against LHP Trevor Rogers.
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