The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

June 10, 2013

Intimidators rally for 6 in sixth

Kannapolis to play for a series win in Game 2


Monday, June 10, 2013 — GREENSBORO -- The Kannapolis Intimidators erupted for six runs in the sixth inning to squash the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 6-1 (F/7), in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at NewBridge Bank Park. 

In the big inning, the Intimidators scored five runs before the first out was recorded. Kannapolis used two bases-loaded walks and two infield-singles -- including one off an umpire -- to bring home four of the six runs.  

Trailing 1-0 after five frames, Brent Tanner led off the sixth with a game-tying home run (4), his second in as many days.  Jason Coats singled and Michael Marjama was hit by a pitch before a Patrick Palmeiro sac-bunt was bobbled by Hoppers third baseman Matt Juengel, loading the bases.  

Eric Grabe drove in the go-ahead run on an infield single to second base, and Kale Kiser drew a walk.  Micah Johnson then hit a ball up the middle that base umpire Jacob Wilburn appeared to jump over before shortstop Yeison Hernandez fielded what seemed to be a tailor-made two-ball.  Wilburn however called the plate dead as the ball nicked his leg, resulting in a base hit for Johnson and another run for Kannapolis, 4-1.

Michael Johnson added an RBI-walk, and Tanner capped the scoring with a ground-out to plate Kiser, 6-1.

Kyle Hansen (2-2) earned the win, limiting Greensboro to a run on four hits over 5.0 innings while striking out four and walking one.  Todd Kibby worked 2.0 scoreless frames to finish the game.

Grasshoppers reliever Blake Logan (1-5) took the loss, working two-thirds of an inning during the Intimidators six-run sixth. He allowed six runs (four earned) while walking two and striking out one.

Greensboro starter Austin Brice continued a dominant stretch against the Intimidators. He pitched five shutout innings, limiting Kannapolis to two hits while striking out a season-high seven in a no decision. In four starts against the Intimidators over the last two years, he has allowed just three runs over 20 innings, winning his three previous starts against Kannapolis.

Brice opened with three hitless innings, working around two walks in the second.  He struck out three batters in the second and three more in the fourth.

For the first time this series, the Grasshoppers scored the games first run. Tony Caldwell drew a leadoff walk and Yeison Hernandez sacrificed the runner into scoring position.  Two batters later, Anthony Gomez came through with a base hit to center field, driving in Caldwell for the 1-0 lead.

Kannapolis threatened to take the lead in the fifth inning. Grabe drew a leadoff walk, and Micah Johnson doubled him over to third base with one out, but Brice retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.

The Intimidators and Grasshoppers wrap up this series with the second game of today's doubleheader at 4:45 p.m. as Kannapolis send RHP Tony Bucciferro (0-1, 5.79) to the mound for his second start. Greensboro will counter with Daniel Oliver (1-1, 4.40).

The Intimidators return home on Monday, June 10, to open a seven-game home stand against the Augusta GreenJackets (Giants) and Rome Braves (Braves).  For ticket information, please call the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267 or visit