Behind two two-run innings, Asheville takes game three of the four-game series Wednesday night, 6-3, at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health.
In the second, Asheville got off to a hot start against Parker Rigler (L, 6-9), as Casey Golden singled, followed by a bloop-double over Michael Hickman at first base, scoring Golden all the way from first for the game's first run.
After a sacrifice bunt, sending Golden to third, Austin Bernard reached on a fielding error by Luis Curbelo at shortstop, as Golden cruised into home for the 2-0 Asheville lead.
The Intimidators responded quick in the home-half of the second inning, as Tate Blackman cranked his 16th home run of the year deep over the right field wall, cutting the lead in half, 2-1. After a mound visit, Hickman hit his first of two doubles into right field, scoring later in the inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ramon Beltre into right, tying the game, 2-2.
The third inning proved to be much like the second inning for Asheville, scoring another two runs thanks to a two-run shot from Sean Bouchard into left, giving the Tourists a 4-2 advantage.
In the latter-half of the inning, Craig Dedelow smoked the first pitch of his at-bat into right-center field, clearing the wall, cutting the lead to one, 4-3. After Dedelow's solo homer, Hickman doubled, followed by walks from Ian Dawkins and Justin Yurchak to load the bases for Beltre, who popped out to first base on a 1-1 pitch to leave three runners stranded.
The Tourists added on runs in the fifth and eighth innings, as Casey Golden connected on his 33rd homer and 92nd RBI of the season off Rigler in the fifth.
The Intimidators had two more chances to score in the sixth and eighth innings, but after two singles to start off each inning, Garrett Schilling (W, 8-5) and the rest of the bullpen proved to be too much for the Kannapolis bats.
Kannapolis will conclude their final home series of the season Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. with a Fan Appreciation Night.
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