KANNAPOLIS--The Asheville Tourists broke out the bats early and often against the Kannapolis Intimidators on Saturday night. Unfortunately, Kannapolis swung their way back into the game and received a walk-off, ninth inning single from Miker Adolfo to beat Asheville 7-6.
The Tourists plated a run in the first on an Intimidators miscue and another run in the second on Robbie Perkins' RBI single into right. Asheville added three more in the third on a Luis Castro bases-clearing double. Their final run of the night was scored in the fourth when Colton Welker singled home Cole Anderson.
Asheville led 6-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth. In the home half of the fourth inning, Antonio Santos found himself in a bases loaded, no out jam. He allowed a two-run single to Mitch Roman and the Tourists' lead was cut to 6-5.
After Kannapolis tied the game with an RBI double by Zach Remillard in the fifth, both teams struggled against the opposing bullpens. In the bottom of the ninth, Joel Booker singled to lead off the inning. Booker went to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored an Adolfo's two-out single to right.
Kannapolis scored their first three runs of the game on a bases clearing double by Remillard in the first inning. Santos was not sharp for Asheville. The right-hander allowed five runs, issued three walks and hit a batter in only 3.1 innings of work.
This is the second time this year the Tourists have lost a game in which they have led by as many as three runs. Asheville will hope to bounce back on Sunday afternoon with a 2:05pm first pitch in Kannapolis.
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