The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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June 10, 2013

Intimidators hold on for win in Greensboro

Johnson adds to MiLB-leading total with pair of stolen bases

Monday, June 10, 2013 — GREENSBORO -- The Kannapolis Intimidators fought off a hard-charging Greensboro club on Saturday night, squashing the Grasshoppers, 7-6, at NewBridge Bank Park.  

The Hoppers put the tying and winning runs on base in the ninth inning with two outs.  Zach Isler induced an Anthony Gomez ground out, which Micah Johnson fielded after it deflected off Isler's glove, and threw it to first just in time to beat the runner and end the game, stranding the tying run on third.

Intimidators starter Brandon Brennan (2-9) earned his first win since April 21, working 6.0 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking two.  Isler picked up the save (4).  Greensboro reliever Brian Ellington (2-2) took the loss.  

After seeing Greensboro come back from a 4-run deficit earlier in the game, Kannapolis was able to hold on to a three-run lead built over the final three innings.

With the game tied 4-4, Kannapolis pulled in front with two runs in the seventh inning.  Kale Kiser led off with a walk and Micah Johnson laid down a sacrifice bunt that third baseman Yordy Cabrera threw past first base, putting both runners in scoring position.  Jake Brown took advantage of a pulled-in infield, dropping a base hit just behind the second baseman into shallow right field, bringing in Kiser and Johnson for a 6-4 lead.  

In the eighth, Michael Marjama tapped a slow-roller up the third-base line that Cabrera avoided, hoping it would roll foul.  The ball held the line, and Marjama scooted to second with a leadoff double.  Justin Jirschele later drove him in on a groundout for a 7-4 lead.

Viosergy Rosa launched his second home run of the series, a two-run blast to pull Greensboro with a run, 7-6, in the bottom of the eighth inning, setting up the dramatic ninth inning.

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