NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - In a game that took over two days to complete due to rain, Kannapolis eventually dropped the second and last game of the rain-shortened series against the GreenJackets 6-3 Sunday afternoon at SRP Park.
In the first frame, the Intimidators threatened but after three walks to begin the ball game, Augusta's Seth Corry used two strikeouts and a pop-out to leave all three runners stranded.
After Sam Long worked a quick first inning in the home-half, Amado Nunez smacked a solo home run (4) to left-center field on the seventh pitch of his at-bat to begin the second, giving Kannapolis an early 1-0 lead.
Before the bottom of the second inning could get started, manager Ryan Newman was ejected for arguing about field conditions with the home plate umpire, leading to the game being postponed due to rain/field conditions.
With no games being played on Saturday due to the amount of rain in North Augusta, the teams picked back up in the second inning on Sunday at 12:05 p.m.
Resuming the game, Jacob Gonzalez homered (3) on an 0-1 pitch from Jason Bilous to tie the game in a hurry, 1-1.
Bilous was able to scatter two more Augusta hits over three innings on the bump without giving up any more runs, striking out four batters.
Andrew Perez (L, 0-3) got the first call out of the pen for the Intimidators but struggled in his 2.0 innings of work. After not giving up any runs in the sixth inning, despite giving up a single and a walk, and picking up two strikeouts in the seventh, the wheels fell off for Perez in the eighth.
Frankie Tostado led off the frame with an infield single in on the grass to Luis Curbelo at third base, as Jacob Gonzalez then doubled (12) home Tostado with a ball hit down the left field line.
Tied 2-2, Perez then walked Dalton Combs on five pitches, leading to a pitching change. With Lane Ramsey now in the ball game, the 6-foot-9 right-handed pitcher out of Oklahoma hit a batter and tossed a wild pitch to allow Augusta to take a 3-2 lead.
Two pitches later, Ismael Munguia doubled (9), followed by a Nico Giarratano single to blow the game open for the GreenJackets, up 6-2.
Despite a Lenyn Sosa home run (3) in the top of the seventh inning and three hits for the Intimidators to score one run in the ninth inning, Kannapolis left three runners stranded in the last inning to end the ball game.
Kannapolis will head to Greenville, South Carolina to take on the Drive for a three-game series starting Monday at 7:05 p.m. Jonathan Stiever (4-4, 4.23 ERA) will get the ball for Kannapolis in game one.
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