LEXINGTON, KY - Committing three errors and only collecting four hits, Kannapolis dropped the first of the three-game series with the Legends 3-2 Wednesday afternoon in Lexington, KY.
Kade McClure notched four strikeouts through the first two innings on the bump for the Intimidators, as Ian Dawkins helped Kannapolis get on the board in the third. After a Ramon Beltre double (9) to center, Ian Dawkins switched places with Beltre at second, bringing in the first run of the ball game.
With three combined strikeouts in the third and fourth frames, Freddy Fermin took advantage of a missed pop-up by catcher Gunnar Troutwine in foul ground, as Fermin smacked an 0-2 offering from McClure over the left field wall, tying the game, 1-1.
Kannapolis' McClure finished his outing with 10 strikeouts through 7.0 innings of work, scattering four hits on one unearned run on 89 pitches (65 strikes).
With zeroes across the board in the sixth and seventh innings, the Legneds took advantage of Sam Long who came in to pitch for McClure in the eighth, scoring one run on two singles and one sacrifice bunt.
Down 2-1, Ian Dawkins hit a ground-rule double (11) to left-center to lead off the ninth inning, moving up two batters later to third on a balk from Daniel James. On a 3-1 count, Romy Gonzalez doubled (2) to center field to tie the game in the ninth, 2-2.
In extras, Corey Zangari got picked off at third base, followed by two strikeouts to Luis Curbelo and Alex Destino to send the game into the bottom of the tenth.
Still tied, Jeison Guzman whacked a double (4) into center field to score the winning run for the Legends, helping Lexington win the first game of series, 3-2.
The Intimidators will send Jonathan Stiever to the mound for game two of the series against Lexington's Jon Heasley Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.
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