Late run lifts I's over Augusta, 3-2

By Kannapolis Intimidators | August 27, 2018 1:14 AM

With Zach Lewis (W, 5-5) lowering his ERA to a 2.65 after 6.0 innings of three-hit ball, Kannapolis used Lewis' quality start and a late run in the seventh inning to take the last game of the five-game set in Augusta, 3-2.

In the first inning, Malique Ziegler and Manuel Geraldo both reached on singles to begin the frame, accounting for two of the three hits that Lewis scattered through his outing. After a groundout back to Lewis, putting runners at second and third with one out, Lewis punched out Jacob Gonzalez on three pitches and got Logan Baldwin to groundout to Curbelo at shortstop to leave three runners stranded.

After back-to-back clean innings for Lewis, Curbelo singled in the fourth to begin the inning, as Steele Walker looked to stay in the five-game series in Augusta. On the fifth pitch of the 2018 second-round draft pick's at-bat, Walker cranked his third homer of the season to right field, proving to be his second homer in as many days.

Down 2-0, Augusta capitalized on errors by Tate Blackman and Curbelo on the left side of the diamond to score two runs, tying the game after five complete innings, 2-2.

With Lewis capping off his solid outing with a 1-2-3 inning a strikeout in the sixth, Craig Dedelow put Lewis into the win column with a solo-shot to right field on a 1-2 pitch, giving the I's a 3-2 advantage.

Will Kincanon (H, 4) struck out four batters after Lewis' exit, followed by 1.1 innings on the bump for Jose Nin (S, 9), as Nin induced a groundball double play to end the Augusta threat in the bottom of the ninth inning and give the I's a 3-2 win.

Kannapolis will welcome the Asheville Tourists for a four-game series starting on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Intimidators Stadium.

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

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