Starting lineups: 8/31/15: Intimidators at Suns

Kannapolis Intimidators (27-34-1 Second Half, 62-68-1)

#14 Michael Suiter DH
#9 Hunter Jones CF
#21 Louie Lechich RF
#23 Alexander Simon 1B
#2 Toby Thomas SS
#10 Mason Robbins LF
#37 Cody Daily 3B
#5 John Ziznewski 2B
#28 Ryan Plourde C

#17 Zack Erwin LHP (0-2, 069 ERA, second start)

Hagerstown Suns (29-33 Second Half, 64-66)

#35 Andrew Stevenson CF
#10 Osvaldo Abreu SS
#6 Jose Marmolejos-Diaz 1B
#20 Dale Carey RF
#15 Matt Reistetter C
#12 Bryan Mejia 2B
#36 Matthew Page LF
#11 Conor Keniry 3B
#23 Austin Davidson DH

#21 Connor Bach LHP (6-4, 3.67 ERA, 19th start)

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Tune in starting at 6:50 p.m.

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Game Notes 8/31/15: Intimidators at Suns

Kannapolis Intimidators at Hagerstown Suns
Monday, August 31, 2015 – 7:05 p.m.
Municipal Stadium (open 1930) – Hagerstown, Md.
Game #132 of 139
RHP Jose Brito (1-2, 4.32) vs. LHP Connor Bach (6-4, 3.67)

Intimidators: 27-34-1 Second Half, 62-68-1 (Chicago White Sox)
Suns: 29-33 Second Half, 64-66 (Washington Nationals)

Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) can secure a series win today against the Suns (A, Nationals) with a win in Game 3 of this 5-game series. Kannapolis has won the first two games of the series with a 9-4 victory on Saturday followed by Sunday’s 5-4 win. Today Jose Brito takes the mound for his third start of the season after spending most of the year in the Intimidators’ bullpen. With just eight games left in the 2015 regular season, Kannapolis needs to win seven games to finish at .500 on the season. Kannapolis leads the season-series over Hagerstown, 9-7.

Jose Brito pitchingIntimidating Starter: Jose Brito, 24, makes his third start and 16th appearance with the Intimidators this season. In two starts, the right-hander is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA (6 ER/7.0 IP) and seven strikeouts compared to 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA (14 ER/34.2 IP) and 21 strikeouts in 13 relief appearances. Brito is coming off a no decision in an August 26 start against the Shorebirds, allowing six runs (three earned) on six hits over 3.2 innings. His longest outing of the season came in relief on June 27 in which he spun 5.1 innings, allowing a run on four hits against Asheville in the longest appearance by an Intimidators reliever this season. He opened the season with 16 games with Class A-Advanced Winston-Salem, going 2-3 with a 4.66 ERA before joining Kannapolis on June 15. Overall, Brito is 3-5 with a 4.46 ERA in 31 games between the two classifications.

Suns Starter: Connor Bach, 23, makes his 19th start and 25th appearance of the season. He is 6-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 18 starts compared to 0-0 with a 4.34 ERA in six relief appearances. Bach has faced Kannapolis three times this season with two starts, going 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA (3 ER/13.0 IP) and 12 strikeouts. The Intimidators are batting .200 (10-50) against the left-hander. Bach leads the South Atlantic League with 65 walks and has walked at least one batter in all 24 games in which he has appeared this season. He is coming off a no decision August 26 at Lakewood, allowing six runs on five hits in 2.0 innings. His last win came in Kannapolis on August 16 in the first game of a doubleheader, limiting the Intimidators to two runs (one earned) on two hits over 5.0 innings. Bach is in his first season in Class A ball after making his professional debut last season between the GCL Nationals and Short-Season Auburn, going 1-0 with a 3.31 ERA (12 ER/32.2 IP) with 27 strikeouts but 29 walks in 15 games (one start). The Nationals selected him out of Virginia Military Institute in the 21st round of the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

About Last Night: The Intimidators broke a tie in the top of the eighth to beat the Suns, 5-4, on Sunday at Hagerstown’s Municipal Stadium. With the game tied 4-4 in the eighth inning, Cody Daily doubled with two outs off reliever David Napoli and used a pair of wild pitches to score the go-ahead run for a 5-4 Intimidators advantage. Daily finished 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored.  Lechich went 2-5 with a career-high-tying three RBI and a run scored.  Reliever Connor Walsh struck out all four batters he faced in the seventh but got into trouble in the eighth.  Johnathan Frebis took over with two on and one out in the eighth inning. He walked the first batter he faced, loading the bases, before retiring the next five batters he faced to finish the game.  Frebis earn his first professional save (1), and Walsh notched the win (1-3).

We’re Going Streaking: Kannapolis won its third straight game, the first 3-game winning streak for the Intimidators since July 31-August 2 when the team took three in a row against Greensboro. The Intimidators will play for their first 4-game winning streak since June 18-25 when Kannapolis finished the First Half with three wins and opened the Second Half with a walk-off victory over Asheville. A 4-game winning streak would match the longest by the team this season.

Connor Walsh pitching blackWhiffed By Walsh: Connor Walsh fanned the first four batters he faced, striking out the side in the seventh inning, including a strikeout-wild pitch that allowed Osvaldo Abreu to reach base.  It’s the second straight appearance for Walsh to fan four batters in a single inning. He struck out seven batters in 2.0 innings on August 26 against Delmarva. He ranks 40th in the league with 75 strikeouts in only 48.1 innings, which is tied for 134th in innings pitched. Since making his season debut May 6, Walsh ranks tied for 18th in the league in strikeouts, and since July 12, his 40 strikeouts are tied for sixth in the league in more than 10 fewer innings than anyone else ahead of him.

Lechich’s Long Ball: Louie Lechich blasted his team-leading sixth home run on Sunday, a three-run laser beam to right-center field that gave Kannapolis a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning. Lechich has hit the last two Intimidators home runs, with his most recent coming August 17 at Asheville. Lechich now ranks fourth in the league with 68 RBI. He is also second in the league with 122 games played and third with 460 at-bats.

Thomas on a Tear: Infielder Toby Thomas went 2-3 on Sunday to extend his hitting streak to a season-long 10 games since August 19, tying for the second-longest hitting streak of his career. He is batting .368 (14-38) with four doubles, a triple, and eight RBI on this streak. Thomas has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, batting .346 (18-52) since August 14. He is batting .297 (27-91) in 25 games in August. Thomas opened his career with a hot bat by beginning a 16-game hitting streak in only his fifth professional game, hitting safely from June 27-July 18, 2013, with Advanced Rookie Bristol, batting .420 (29-69) in that span. He ended 2013 on a 10-game hitting for the Bristol White Sox from August 17-29, 2013, batting .366 (15-41) to wrap his professional debut season.

Daniel’s Dandy Debut: Catcher Daniel Gonzalez went 2-3 with a walk on Sunday, improving his average to .500 (3-6) in two games with Class A Kannapolis. He made his debut Saturday, going 1-3 with two RBI, a run scored, and a walk. Gonzalez threw out a base runner on Sunday for the second straight game. He is now 2-2 in throwing out attempting base stealers with the Intimidators after throwing out nine of 24 (.375) with the Arizona League White Sox.

Trexler SAL Pitcher of the WeekPitcher of the Week: Reliever David Trexler has been named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for the week of August 24-30. He turned in the best outing of his career on Saturday, retiring 12 of 13 batters faced to close the game against Hagerstown for his seventh save. He spun a career-long 4.0 innings and fanned a career-high nine batters. He is the fourth Intimidators arm to earn the award this season, following two-time winner Jordan Guerrero (April 9-19 and May 11-17) and Yency Almonte (June 29-July 4). Trexler is the first reliever to win the award this season.

Don’t Mess With Trex: Reliever David Trexler spun a perfect sixth inning and struck out the side in the seventh, eighth, and ninth inning on Saturday in Hagerstown – including eight straight strikeouts from the seventh into the ninth inning. Trexler’s eight straight strikeouts are the most by an Intimidators arm this season, surpassing the seven consecutive strikeouts by Connor Walsh on Tuesday, August 26 against Delmarva. The nine strikeouts by Trexler are the most by a Kannapolis pitcher since May 11 when Jordan Guerrero struck out 10 at Lexington.

Broadcast Information: All games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network at online at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his fifth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.” Nick Nollenberger, in his first year with the team, will assist with play-by-play during weekend home games.

Roster Move: O’Connell to Charlotte

Sean OConnell headshotWith only eight games left this season, the Intimidators are not done making roster moves. And with September call-ups looming for players with AAA Charlotte and AA Birmingham, the Intimidators will help fill the roster holes at the higher levels.

Catcher Sean O’Connell to AAA Charlotte

Press Release: O’Connell, 23, appeared in 11 games with Kannapolis and 10 games with Class A-Advanced Winston-Salem. He hit .138 between the two classifications.

The Intimidators roster is now at 24. O’Connell is the third different Intimidators player this season to reach the highest level of the Minor Leagues, joining Chris Curley and Alexander Simon.

The Intimidators have now promoted 22 players this season. Here’s the list:

1. OF Nolan Earley – April 20 (to WS)
2. RHP Peter Tago – May 4 (to WS)
3. 3B Chris Curley – May 7 (to BHAM)
4. 1B Tyler Williams – May 15 (to WS)
5. OF Michael Suiter – May 17 (to WS)
6. LHP Devon Davis – May 17 (to WS)
7. C Sean O’Connell – May 17 (to WS)
8. C Ryan Plourde – May 22 (to WS)
9. 3B Toby Thomas – May 25 (to WS)
10. LHP Jordan Guerrero – June 3 (to WS)
11. LHP Jefferson Olacio – June 3 (to WS)
12. RHP Yency Almonte – June 20 (to WS); August 4 (to WS)
13. INF Nick Delmonico – June 25 (to BHAM)
14. 1B Alexander Simon – July 3 (to CLT)
15. OF Nick Basto – July 13 (to WS)
16. RHP Spencer Adams – July 19 (to WS); August 17 (to WS)
17. SS Eddy Alvarez – July 22 (to WS)
18. OF Michael Danner – July 24 (to WS)
19. RHP Matt Cooper – August 7 (to WS)
20. C Brett Austin – August 17 (to WS)
21. SS Ryan Leonards  – August 23 (to BHAM)
22. C Sean O’Connell – August 31 (to CLT)

Sweet Relief: Trexler named SAL Pitcher of the Week!

Trexler SAL Pitcher of the Week

David Trexler struck out 10 batters of 5.0 innings of scoreless relief to earn SAL Pitcher of the Week for August 24-30, 2015.

I was *NOT* expecting this. The South Atlantic League has named Intimidators reliever David Trexler its Pitcher of the Week of August 24-30. He pitched great, there’s no doubt, but relievers don’t win these awards (I’ll do a little digging to try to find the last relief pitcher to win SAL Pitcher of the Week). Trexler is the first reliever to earn a weekly plaudit this season.

From the team press release:

Trexler spun 5.0 scoreless relief innings with 10 strikeouts while allowing three base runners over two appearances.

Trexler, 24, struck out a career-high nine batters over a career-long 4.0 near-perfect innings on Saturday against the Hagerstown Suns. He retired 12 of 13 batters faced, allowing a ninth inning single after he struck out eight consecutive batters from the seventh inning into the ninth. He finished the game with a strikeout to earn his seventh save in eight save opportunities in 2015. Trexler also worked one scoreless, hitless relief inning on August 25 against Delmarva.

Trexler is the first relief pitcher to earn SAL Pitcher of the Week honors this season. He joins two-time SAL Pitcher of the Week Jordan Guerrero (April 9-19 and May 11-17) and Yency Almonte (June 29-July 5) as the only Intimidators to receive a weekly plaudit this season. The White Sox selected Trexler in the 17th round of the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of North Florida. This season, he is 0-2 with a 4.71 ERA (34 ER/65 IP) and 73 strikeouts in 34 relief appearances this season.

This week's Sights & Sounds are presented by CEENTA.

This week’s Sights & Sounds are presented by CEENTA.

In our CEENTA Sights & Sounds of the Week, here are all nine of Trexler’s strikeouts from Saturday night against Hagerstown:

Recent Intimidators Pitchers of the Week:

David Trexler (August 24-30, 2015)
Yency Almonte (June 29-July 5)
Jordan Guerrero (May 11-17, 2015)
Jordan Guerrero (April 9-19, 2015)
Andre Wheeler
 (Aug. 11-18, 2014)
Thad Lowry (June 2-9, 2014)
Tyler Danish
 (April 28-May 4, 2014)
Blair Walters (May 14-21, 2012)
Paul Burnside (May 31-June 6, 2011)
Jake Petricka (April 7-18, 2011)
Andre Rienzo (July 12-19, 2010)
Matt Wickswat (May 3-10, 2010)
Stephen Sauer (May 18-25, 2009)
Dan Hudson (April 27-May 4, 2009)
Gregory Infante (April 8-20, 2009)
Johnnie Lowe (April 28-May 5, 2008)
Michael Moat (July 11-17, 2005)
Gio Gonzalez (May 30-June 5, 2005)
Jack Egbert (May 9-15, 2005)
Gio Gonzalez (April 7-17, 2005)

And recent Intimidators Player of the Week:

Trey Michalczewski (June 2-9, 2014)
Jacob May
 (August 19-26, 2013)
Tyler Kuhn (June 1-8, 2009)
Jon Gilmore (May 18-25, 2009)
Mark Fleisher (June 23-30, 2008)
John Shelby (August 13-20, 2007)
Joshua Hansen (April 18-24, 2005)

Starting lineups 8/30/15: Intimidators at Suns

Kannapolis Intimidators (26-34-1 Second Half, 61-68-1)

#14 Michael Suiter RF
#9 Hunter Jones LF
#21 Louie Lechich CF
#23 Alexander Simon 1B
#2 Toby Thomas SS
#10 Mason Robbins DH
#37 Cody Daily 3B
#25 Daniel Gonzalez C
#18 Ethan Gross 2B

#43 Luis Martinez RHP (4-13, 5.53 ERA, 23rd start)

Hagerstown Suns (29-32 Second Half, 64-65)

#35 Andrew Stevenson CF
#10 Osvaldo Abreu SS
#6 Jose Marmolejos-Diaz DH
#29 Raudy Read C
#36 Matthew Page 1B
#20 Dale Carey LF
#11 Conor Keniry 3B
#23 Austin Davidson 2B
#2 Wilman Rodriguez RF

#30 Justin Amlung RHP (3-3, 3.63 ERA, seventh start)

First pitch is at 3:05 p.m. Tune in starting at 2:50 p.m. for my pregame interview with David Trexler, who takes us through last night’s strong relief appearance.

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Game Notes 8/30/15: Intimidators at Suns

Kannapolis Intimidators at Hagerstown Suns
Sunday, August 30, 2015 – 1:05 p.m.
Municipal Stadium (open 1930) – Hagerstown, Md.
Game #131 of 139
RHP Luis Martinez (4-13, 5.53) vs. RHP Justin Amlung (3-3, 3.63)

Intimidators: 26-34-1 Second Half, 61-68-1 (Chicago White Sox)
Suns: 29-32 Second Half, 64-65 (Washington Nationals)

hag2Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) take the field in pursuit of a third straight win for the first time since August 2 as they face the Suns (A, Nationals) in Game 2 of this 5-game series. Kannapolis earned a 9-4 win in Saturday’s series opener with an all-around effort of timely hitting and dominant pitching. Today the Intimidators send Luis Martinez to the mound as he tries to snap a skid of three straight losses and four losing decisions in a row. He faces Hagerstown’s reliever-turned-starter Justin Amlung, who moved into the Suns’ rotation in late July. Kannapolis leads the season-series over Hagerstown, 8-7.

Intimidating Starter: Luis Martinez, 20, makes his 23rd start of the year and his fourth against the Suns. He is coming off his third straight loss on Aug. 25 to Delmarva, allowing four runs in 5.1 innings. The right-hander has struggled in August, going 0-4 with a 9.15 ERA (20 ER/19.2 IP) in five starts after putting up a dominant month of July in which he went 2-2 with a 1.52 ERA (5 ER/29.2 IP) in five starts. Martinez ranks second in the South Atlantic League with 13 losses, which equals the franchise record (14, Justin Kamplain, CSC). Martinez started the Second Half of the season strong, going 2-3 with a 1.44 ERA (5 ER/31.1 IP) in six starts from June 27-July 27, including a career-long 8.0 scoreless innings on July 27 at Lakewood. MLB.com currently ranks Martinez as the No. 29 Prospect in the White Sox organization. He has started three of the Intimidators’ league-lead-tying 13 shutouts, the most in the rotation. Martinez was signed as a free agent on Dec. 16, 2011. In 2014, he went 5-3 with a 2.93 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 58.1 innings over 12 games (11 starts) between the AZL White Sox and Great Falls.

List of pitchers that have dropped 13 games for Piedmont/Kannapolis is as follows:

Pitcher (Year)
Ira Tilton (1997) — with Piedmont Boll Weevils
Darrio Ferrand (2001)
Tim Bittner (2002)
Ryan Rote (2006)
Euclides Leyer (2013)
Luis Martinez (2015)

The franchise record for all-time losses of 21 is held by the franchise record holder for all-time wins.  Brian Miller went 16-21 from 2003-04.

Suns Starter: Justin Amlung, 25, makes his seventh start and 18th appearance for Hagerstown. He has faced Kannapolis three times out of the Suns bullpen, going 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA (1 ER/4.0 IP). He has started his last six games for the Suns, going 1-3 with a 4.33 ERA (17 ER/35.1 IP). Amlung opened the year as a reliever for Hagerstown, going 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA (4 ER/16.2 IP) with three saves in three chances in 11 games. He earned a promotion to High-A Potomac, where he went 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA (3 ER/14 IP) in seven games. The Nationals moved him back to Hagerstown to give him an opportunity to start. Overall this season, he is 4-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 24 games (six starts) between Hagerstown and Potomac. This is Amlung’s first season in the Nationals organization following three years in the Cubs’ system. He split 2014 between Class A Kane County and High-A Daytona, going 8-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 27 games (13 starts) before being released by the Cubs prior to the 2015 season. The Nationals signed him on April 17.

About Last Night: Kannapolis used a four-run sixth inning to reclaim the lead in a 9-4 win over Hagerstown on Saturday. David Trexler spun four near-perfect frames to close the game for the save (7), preserving a win for Kelvis Valerio (2-2). Kannapolis trailed 4-3, having managed one hit over the first five innings before the offense came alive in the sixth.  Toby Thomas followed base hits by Louie Lechich and Alexander Simon with a two-run double for a 5-4 lead. Mason Robbins followed by scorching a grounder at second baseman Dan Uggla, who booted the ball, and Thomas scored.  Robbins later crossed the plate on a Daniel Gonzalez grounder for a 7-4 lead.  The Intimidators took advantage of an error by Uggla, playing for the Suns on a Major League rehab assignment, in the third inning as well.  Following a pair of one-out walks, Michael Suiter grounded a tailor-made double-play ball to Uggla, whose throw to second base sailed wide, allowing Daniel Gonzalez to score.  Ethan Gross then scored on a wild pitch, and Hunter Jones drove in Suiter with a sac-fly for a 3-0 lead. Uggla redeemed himself to kick-start a four-run home half of the third inning, bashing a two-run double to deep left field to put the Suns on the board before scoring the tying run on a Matthew Page double. Raudy Read later scored on a Dale Carey fielder’s choice for a 4-3 lead. Suns starter Luis Reyes lasted 2 and 2/3 innings before leaving the game due to injury.  He gave up three runs (one earned) without allowing a hit, walking two and striking out two in a no decision.  Hagerstown reliever Kevin Perez (0-3) took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits over 2 and 1/3 innings.

Toby Thomas has stayed hot at the plate for Kannapolis, hitting safely in his last nine games.

Toby Thomas has stayed hot at the plate for Kannapolis, hitting safely in his last nine games.

Thomas on a Tear: Infielder Toby Thomas has hit safely in nine straight games, his longest hitting streak of the year and third-longest of his career. He is batting .364 (12-33) with three doubles, a triple, and eight RBI in this nine-game span beginning on August 19. Thomas has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, batting .340 (16-47) since August 14. He is batting .291 (25-86) in 24 games in August. Thomas opened his career with a hot bat by beginning a 16-game hitting streak in only his fifth professional game, hitting safely from June 27-July 18, 2013, with Advanced Rookie Bristol, batting .420 (29-69) in that span. He ended 2013 on a 10-game hitting for the Bristol White Sox from August 17-29, 2013, batting .366 (15-41) to wrap his professional debut season.

Terrific Trexler: Reliever David Trexler turned in the best outing of his career on Saturday, retiring 12 of 13 batters faced to close the game against Hagerstown for his seventh save. He spun a career-long 4.0 innings and struck out a career-high nine batters. His previous career-long outing came May 19 at Asheville when Trexler spun 3.1 innings while striking out a career-high five strikeouts.

Don’t Mess With Trex: Reliever David Trexler spun a perfect sixth inning and struck out the side in the seventh, eighth, and ninth inning on Saturday in Hagerstown – including eight straight strikeouts from the seventh into the ninth inning. Trexler’s eight straight strikeouts are the most by an Intimidators arm this season, surpassing the seven consecutive strikeouts by Connor Walsh on Tuesday, August 26 against Delmarva. The nine strikeouts by Trexler are the most by a Kannapolis pitcher since May 11 when Jordan Guerrero struck out 10 at Lexington.

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Daniel’s Dandy Debut: Catcher Daniel Gonzalez made his Class A debut Saturday, going 1-3 with two RBI, a run scored, and a walk while also throwing out the lone base runner that tried to steal a base. In 26 games with the AZL White Sox, he hit .273 (21-77) with three doubles, a home run, and 15 RBI.

Lechich in the Lineup: Outfielder Louie Lechich played his 121st game of the season on Saturday and now ranks second in the SAL in games played behind Augusta’s Jonah Arenado (125). Lechich also ranks third in the league with 455 at-bats and tied for seventh with 65 RBI.

Big Bad Thad: Thaddius Lowry, the White Sox No. 16 prospect according to MLB.com, has won 16 games in two years with Kannapolis (2014-15), tying the franchise record for wins. Brian Miller won 16 games over two seasons from 2003-04. Lowry, now 12-7 in 2015, joins Miller as the only two pitchers to throw an individual no-hitter in Intimidators history. Miller accomplished the feat June 10, 2003, against the Greensboro Bats in a doubleheader. Lowry spun his gem June 3, 2014, in a rain-shortened 5-inning affair at West Virginia.

Here’s an update on a previous blog post of where Lowry’s ranks on the single-season and career wins list for Intimidators and Boll Weevils players.

Lowry is one of only 17 players to reach 10 wins.  He is also one of only 28 players in Intimidators and Boll Weevils history to record double-digit wins and only the 11th since the Intimidators became a White Sox affiliate in 2001.  (Italics = Piedmont Boll Weevils/Phillies)

Franchise Single-Season Wins Leaders

15 — Levi Maxwell (15-5) — 2008
14 — Frank Brooks (14-8) — 2000
14 — Ryan Madson (14-5) — 2000
13 — Brett Myers (13-7) — 2000
13 — Charlie Leesman (13-5) — 2009
12 — Derrick Turnbow (12-8) — 1999
12 — Ryan Wing (12-7) — 2002
12 — Cameron Bayne (12-9) — 2010
12 — Thad Lowry (12-7) — 2015
11 — Jason Kershner (11-9) — 1996

11 — Buck Allen (11-8) — 1997
11 — Greg Kubes (11-12) — 1999
11 — Carlos Silva (11-8) — 1999
11 — Corwin Malone (11-4) — 2001
10 — Len Manning (10-10) — 1995
10 — Lary Wimberly (10-3) — 1995
10 — Silvio Censale (10-6) — 1995
10 — Rich Hunter (10-2) — 1995
10 — Rob Burger (10-12) — 1996
10 — Randy Knoll (10-7) — 1996
10 — Kevin Shipp (10-11) — 1998
10 — Justin Fenus (10-8) — 1998
10 — Brad Baisley (10-7) — 1999
10 — Ryan Rodriguez (10-9) — 2004
10 — Daniel Haigwood (10-4) — 2004
10 — Jack Egbert (10-5) — 2005
10 — Spencer Arroyo (10-9) — 2011
10 — Matt Heidenreich (10-10) — 2011

Franchise All-Time Wins Leaders

16 — Brian Miller — 2003-04
16 — Thad Lowry — 2014-15
15 — Adam Walker — 1998-2000
15 — Levi Maxwell — 2008
14 — Frank Brooks — 2000
14 — Ryan Madson — 2000
13 — Brett Myers — 2000
13 — Charlie Leesman — 2009
12 — Justin Fenus — 1998-99
12 — Derrick Turnbow — 1999
12 — Ryan Wing — 2002
12 — Ricky Brooks — 2005-07
12 — Jason Rice — 2006-08
12 — Cameron Bayne (12-9) — 2010
12 — Jordan Guerrero — 2014-15

Tough Thompson: Intimidators starter Zach Thompson worked a career-high 6 and 2/3 innings Thursday in a no decision. Thompson’s previous career-long outing was 6.0 innings, which he had reached four times previous. Thompson is 0-1 in the month of August with a 1.95 ERA (6 ER/27.2 IP) and 26 strikeouts.

Broadcast Information: All games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network at online at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his fifth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.” Nick Nollenberger, in his first year with the team, will assist with play-by-play during weekend home games.

Starting lineups 8/29/15: Intimidators at Suns

Fans lined the block to receive their Bryce and Bryan Harper bobble heads, given to the first 1,000 fans into Municipal Stadium.

Fans lined the block to receive their Bryce and Bryan Harper bobble heads, given to the first 1,000 fans into Municipal Stadium.

Kudos the Hagerstown Suns, who have clearly hit a home run with their double bobble head giveaway tonight featuring brothers Bryce and Bryan Harper.  Bryce played for Hagerstown in 2011, including one visit to Kannapolis over Memorial Day weekend.  I remember him signing autographs for a bunch of fans and in general being very accommodating.  If there were problems in other markets he went to, we didn’t see them in K-town. Bryan, a pitcher who played for the Suns in 2013, didn’t draw the crowds, but it was cool seeing a sibling of Harper in the same farm system.  Similar to how Jurickson Profar, a 2011 Hickory Crawdads infielder, paved the way for current Crawdad Juremi Profar (fun fact, Jurickson is back with Hickory this week on a rehab assignment).

Bryce and Bryan Harper double bobble head.

Bryce and Bryan Harper double bobble head.

All that said about the bobble head, there are just two problems with it. First, and this one is minor, Bryce Harper never actually wore the gray, orange and black uniform he is wearing on the bobble head.  Not that big of a deal.  Now Bryan on the other hand did wear his bobble head uniform.  Bryan, however, was a left-handed pitcher, and he is righty on the bobble head.

Still, it’s a huge crowd tonight for Hagerstown. I’d call it a win for them.

Also tonight, Dan Uggla is making a rehab appearance with the Suns — his second stint with Hagerstown this month.  This will be fun for me as tonight, in my 599th career baseball broadcast, I’ll get to call the action of an MLB rehab assignment.  Combine my time in indy ball with the fact that I didn’t travel my first four years with the Intimidators (and the White Sox traditionally don’t send rehabbers to Kannapolis), I didn’t see it.

Without further adieu, here are the lineups:

Kannapolis Intimidators (25-34-1 Second Half, 60-68-1)

#14 Michael Suiter RF
#9 Hunter Jones LF
#21 Louie Lechich CF
#23 Alexander Simon 1B
#2 Toby Thomas SS
#10 Mason Robbins DH
#37 Cody Daily 3B
#25 Daniel Gonzalez C
#18 Ethan Gross 2B

#26 Kelvis Valerio RHP (1-2, 4.19 ERA, third start)

Hagerstown Suns (29-31 Second Half, 64-64)

#35 Andrew Stevenson CF
#18 DAN UGGLA 2B
#6 Jose Marmolejos-Diaz 1B
#29 Raudy Read C
#36 Matthew Page LF
#20 Dale Carey RF
#12 Bryan Mejia SS
#13 Jeff Gardner DH
#11 Conor Keniry 3B

#14 Luis Reyes RHP (6-7, 4.85 ERA, 24th start)

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Tune in starting at 6:50 p.m. for my pregame interview with Zach Thompson you uses the words “constipation face” without provocation.

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-JF
@BigTexJosh

Game Notes 8/29/15: Intimidators at Suns

Kannapolis Intimidators at Hagerstown Suns
Saturday, August 29, 2015 – 7:05 p.m.
Municipal Stadium (open 1930) – Hagerstown, Md.
Game #130 of 139
RHP Kelvis Valerio (1-2, 4.19) vs. RHP Luis Reyes (6-7, 4.85)

Intimidators: 25-34-1 Second Half, 60-68-1 (Chicago White Sox)
Suns: 29-31 Second Half, 64-64 (Washington Nationals)

Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) make their second and final trip of the season to Municipal Stadium for a five-game series against the Suns (A, Nationals). Kannapolis is coming off a 7-3 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Friday, the team’s first win since August 17, while Hagerstown is coming off a series loss at Lakewood. The Intimidators and Suns are even in the season-series, 7-7, after Hagerstown swept a three-game set in Kannapolis earlier this month. Both teams have been eliminated from the 2015 playoffs, ending the Suns’ streak of making the playoffs the last three seasons (2012-14).

Intimidating Starter: Kelvis Valerio, 23, makes his third start of the season and fourth appearance against Hagerstown. He is coming off a loss in Game 1 of an Aug. 23 doubleheader against Savannah, allowing five runs on five hits over 3.0 innings. Valerio is now 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA (6 ER/7 IP) and eight strikeouts in two starts after opening the season as a reliever 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA (25 ER/59.2 IP) in 29 games. Against the Suns, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA (2 ER/5 IP) and six strikeouts. The right-hander served as a starting pitcher most of the last two seasons. Last year between the AZL White Sox and Advanced Rookie Great Falls, Valerio went 4-3 with a 2.78 ERA (17 ER/55.0 IP), 44 strikeouts and only eight walks in 11 games (eight starts) between the two levels. The White Sox signed Valerio in April 2011, and he spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the DSL White Sox.

Suns Starter: Luis Reyes, 20, makes his 24th start of the season and third against Kannapolis. He is coming off a home win over Lexington on Aug. 23, allowing an unearned run on two hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings, earning his first win since July 26. He is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA (14 ER/24 IP) in five August starts. In two starts against the Intimidators, Reyes is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA (3 ER/11 IP) and one strikeout with six walks. Kannapolis is batting .317 (13-41) against him. The right-hander split last season between Short-Season Auburn and the GCL Nationals, going 1-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 14 games (10 starts). He made his professional debut in 2013 between the DSL Nationals and the GCL Nationals, going 5-4 with a 3.09 ERA (20 ER/58.1 IP) in 13 games with 66 strikeouts. The Nationals signed Reyes as a non-drafted free agent on Aug. 22, 2012 out of Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic.

About Last Night: Kannapolis jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a 5-run first inning en route to beating Delmarva, 7-3, on Friday. The Intimidators pounded out 10 hits, including two-hit games by Michael Suiter, Hunter Jones, and Toby Thomas. Thomas and Cody Daily each drove in a pair of runs. Thaddius Lowry pitched Kannapolis to the win, limiting the Shorebirds to two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk in 5.2 innings. Lowry (12-7) earned his 16th Intimidators win, matching the franchise record, and Brad Salgado spun the final 3.1 innings, giving up an unearned run along the way for the save (5).

Stopping the Skid: The Intimidators snapped a season-long winless streak of nine games with Friday’s win, the team’s longest winless streak since losing nine straight games from April 25 – May 6, 2013. Kannapolis lost five straight games from August 18 through the first game of an August 23 doubleheader before tying Savannah, 1-1 in a rain-shortened second game. Kannapolis then dropped three straight to Delmarva before Friday’s win.

Big Bad Thad: Thaddius Lowry, the White Sox No. 16 prospect according to MLB.com, has won 16 games in two years with Kannapolis (2014-15), tying the franchise record for wins. Brian Miller won 16 games over two seasons from 2002-03. Lowry, now 12-7 in 2015, joins Miller as the only two pitchers to throw an individual no-hitter in Intimidators history. Miller accomplished the feat June 10, 2003, against the Greensboro Bats in a doubleheader. Lowry spun his gem June 3, 2014, in a rain-shortened 5-inning affair at West Virginia.

Thomas on a Tear: Intimidators infielder Toby Thomas is batting .342 (13-38) in his last 11 games with two runs scored, seven RBI, a double, a triple and two stolen bases. Thomas is batting .248 (26-105) since returning from Winston-Salem (High A, White Sox) on July 22 after 40 games with the Dash.

Kids Coming Up: The White Sox selected Zack Erwin (fourth round), Ryan Riga (13th round) and Johnathan Frebis (33rh round) in the June 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The three left-handed relievers have combined to go 1-3 with 3.00 ERA (7 ER/21 IP) and 18 strikeouts in 12 games (one starts) with Kannapolis.

Tough Thompson: Intimidators starter Zach Thompson worked a career-high 6 and 2/3 innings Thursday in a no decision. Thompson’s previous career-long outing was 6.0 innings, which he had reached four times previous. Thompson is 0-1 in the month of August with a 1.95 ERA (6 ER/27.2 IP) and 26 strikeouts.

Gonzalez joins Kannapolis: The White Sox promoted catcher Daniel Gonzalez from the Arizona League to Class A Kannapolis today for the home stretch of the season. He hit .273 (21-77) with three doubles, a home run, and 15 RBI in 26 games in the AZL this season. Gonzalez fills the roster spot created when Kannapolis promoted Ryan Leonards to AA Birmingham on August 23. (Official Press Release)

Tremendous Trayce: Since his promotion earlier this month to the Chicago White Sox, former Intimidator Trayce Thompson is hitting .519 (12-23) with 2 HR and 6 RBI. In Thursday’s win over Seattle, he had two hits and an RBI to help propel the White Sox to victory. Thompson, 24, played in Kannapolis in 2010 and 2011 after being drafted by the White Sox in the second round of the June 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Santa Margarita (Calif.) High School. In 2011, Thompson led the South Atlantic League in games played (136) and runs scored (95), ranked third in home runs (24), extra-base hits (62), and at-bats (519), tied for third in RBI (87), fourth in total bases (237), and tied for fourth in doubles (23) while batting .241 (125-519) with Kannapolis. His 24 home runs in 2011 are the second-highest single-season total in Intimidators history.

Broadcast Information: All games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network at online at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his fifth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.” Nick Nollenberger, in his first year with the team, will assist with play-by-play during weekend home games.

Starting lineups 8/27/15: Intimidators vs. Shorebirds

The Intimidators face the Shorebirds in Game 3 of this 4-game series.  Here are today’s lineups:

Delmarva Shorebirds (30-28 Second Half, 63-63)

#2 Ademar RIFAELA RF
#17 Steve WILKERSON 2B
#20 Jomar REYES 3B
#21 Logan UXA 1B
#9 Cameron KNEELAND SS
#8 Yermin MERCEDES C
#27 Riley PALMER LF
#12 T.J. OLESCZUK CF
#43 Ronarsy LEDESMA 2B

#37 Dennis TORRES (0-1, 15.00 ERA)

Kannapolis Intimidators (24-33-1 Second Half, 59-67-1)

#14 Michael SUITER CF
#9 Hunter JONES RF
#23 Alexander SIMON 1B
#2 Toby THOMAS SS
#10 Mason ROBBINS LF
#37 Cody DAILY 3B
#5 John ZIZNEWSKI 2B
#20 Sean O’CONNELL C
#28 Ryan PLOURDE DH

#40 Zach THOMPSON RHP (3-6, 4.40 ERA)

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Nick Nollenberger has the call starting with the pregame show at 6:50 p.m. You can listen live here:

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-JF
@BigTexJosh

Starting lineups 8/26/15: Intimidators vs. Shorebirds

The Intimidators face the Shorebirds in Game 2 of this 4-game series.  Here are today’s lineups:

Delmarva Shorebirds (29-28 Second Half, 62-63)

#2 Ademar RIFAELA CF
#17 Steve WILKERSON DH
#9 Cameron KNEELAND 3B
#21 Logan UXA 1B
#39 Elier LEYVA RF
#27 Riley PALMER LF
#43 Ronarsy LEDESMA 2B
#7 Steel RUSSELL C
#1 Guillermo SALAS SS

#40 Francisco JIMENEZ RHP (0-0, 6.75 ERA, second start)

Kannapolis Intimidators (24-32-1 Second Half, 59-66-1)

#9 Hunter JONES CF
#14 Michael SUITER LF
#21 Louie LECHICH DH
#2 Toby THOMAS SS
#23 Alexander SIMON 1B
#10 Mason ROBBINS RF
#5 John ZIZNEWSKI 3B
#18 Ethan GROSS 2B
#28 Ryan PLOURDE C

#29 Jose BRITO RHP (1-2, 4.03 ERA, second start)

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Nick Nollenberger has the call starting with the pregame show at 6:50 p.m.

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