GREENVILLE, S.C. - Despite two home runs from Corey Zangari, Kannapolis allowed 15 Greenville hits Monday night to fall 9-2 in game one of the three-game series on the road at Flour Field.
The Drive wasted no time getting on the board against Jonathan Stiever (L, 4-5), using four singles in the first inning, including a two-run hit from Alan Marrero up the middle to give Greenville a 2-0 lead.
After a clean inning for both pitchers in the second inning, Kannapolis cut the lead in half with a Zangari homer (3) to left-center field off Alex Scherff (W, 2-5).
With the Intimidators down by one, Jordan Wren and Triston Casas both singled to give Greenville a 3-1 advantage. After a wild pitch and strikeout, Brandon Howlett singled, followed by an Everlouis Lozada single to center field to give Greenville a 6-1 lead through just two frames.
With Stiever's outing coming to an end after three innings on the bump for Kannapolis, Kevin Folman took over for the Intimidators. After giving up a leadoff double, Folman then surrendered a two-run homer (11) to Triston Casas, increasing the Greenville lead to seven runs, 8-1.
Kannapolis attempted to add on another run in the top of the fifth inning with walks from Amado Nunez and Luis Curbelo, but two flyouts and a strikeout from Jhoandro Alfaro ended the Kannapolis threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Drive used doubles from Wren (9) and Casas (15) to extend the lead to eight runs, 9-1.
The Intimidators used another solo home run (4) from Zangari on an 0-1 pitch to cut the lead to seven runs in the eighth inning, but with only five hits on the night, Kannapolis ultimately fell 9-2.
Kannapolis will look to rebound and snap their four-game losing streak Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Drive with All-Star Johan Dominguez (2-3, 1.85 ERA) on the mound.
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