KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - The Kannapolis Intimidators had an early 10:35 am start this Tuesday morning with Taylor Varnell on the bump on education day at the ballpark, and the bats had an early start as well.
After loading the bases with no outs in the first inning, a Bryce Bush RBI (18) sacrifice fly to right field scored Ian Dawkins. Subsequent strikeouts from Luis Curbelo and Ramon Beltre left two stranded.
In the top of the second inning, Freddy Fermin got the Lexington Legends on the board as he scored from a Jeison Guzman grounder. With runners on the corners, Guzman then got caught in a run down between first and second base long enough for Nick Hutchins to score from third to give Lexington a 2-1 lead.
It wasn't long before things were back level, in the bottom of the second, a passed ball allowed Jhondro Alfaro to advance home and tie things up for Kannapolis 2-2. Worth noting that Alfaro advanced to third after a single by Dawkins who recorded his team leading 15th multi-hit game of the season.
With two outs to start the top of the third, Varnell allowed a solo home run to left field to Rubendy Jaquez (1) to put Lexington up 3-2.
Two and a half innings of scoreless baseball brought things to the top of the sixth where Fermin scored his second run of the day for Lexington after a Juan Carlos Negret double down the left field line.
This was also Varnell's (L, 3-2) last inning of the day which brought his final line to 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.
Austin Conway (2 IP, 2 K) and Sam Long (1 IP, 2 K) combined for three scoreless innings to finish the day for Kannapolis, but the offense was not able to generate anymore runs as the team fell to Lexington 4-2.
The Kannapolis Intimidators (18-19) will look for the series win against the Lexington Legends (18-20) Thursday Night at 7p.m. Davis Martin (3-2, 5.79 ERA) will get the ball for Kannapolis against Lexington's Jon Bowlan (1-2, 3.41 ERA).
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