Game Notes 7/28/16: Awesome offense, a mighty margin, and 4 bombs

Kannapolis Intimidators (16-15, 40-61) vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers (18-13, 56-45)
Thursday, July 28, 2016 – 5:05 p.m. – Doubleheader
Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System (opened 1995) – Kannapolis, N.C.
Games #102 & 103 of 140
RH Luis Martinez (4-7, 4.41) vs. RH Cody Poteet (4-7, 2.95)
RH Jack Charleston (1-4, 3.59) vs. TBA

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Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) return home for eight games in seven days starting with a doubleheader against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (A, Marlins) to make up for a July 16 rainout in Kannapolis. Luis Martinez will make his South Atlantic League leading 21st start of the season in Game 1 of the twin bill as the Intimidators look to win three straight games for the first time since a 5-game winning streak July 2-6. The Grasshoppers enter this season a half-game out of first place in the Second Half standings, trailing Hagerstown in the Northern Division. Greensboro has dropped 10 of its last 15 games following a 9-game winning streak.

Intimidating Starter: Luis Martinez, 21, makes his 21st start and third against the Grasshoppers this season. In two starts against Greensboro, he is 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10 IP) and 10 strikeouts while allowing a .097 (3-31) average. In his last outing against the Grasshoppers, Martinez spun 5.0 scoreless innings of 1-hit ball to earn a win on July 9. He is coming off a no decision at Lakewood on July 22, allowing four runs on six hits in 2.0 IP while striking out three and walking none. July has been his best month of the season, as Martinez is 2-0 with a 3.50 ERA (7 ER/18.0 IP) and 19 strikeouts in four games (four starts) this month. This season, he struck out a career-high-tying eight over 6.0 innings in a May 4 win over Hagerstown. This is Martinez’s second season with Kannapolis. In 2015, he went 4-14 with a 5.38 ERA in 24 games.

Hoppers Hurler: Cody Poteet, 21, makes his 20th start of the season and fourth against Kannapolis. He is 0-1 with a 1.15 ERA (2 ER/15.2 IP) and 21 strikeouts compared to three walks in three games (three starts) against the Intimidators. Kannapolis is batting .224 (13-58) against him this season. Poteet owns the eighth-best ERA in the SAL at 2.95. Poteet has been dominant in July, going 1-1 with a 1.31 ERA (3 ER/20.2 IP) in four games (four starts). He suffered a hard-luck loss to Kannapolis on June 9, allowing one run over 6.0 innings. Poteet enjoyed success against the Intimidators on May 17, striking out a career-high eight batters over 5.0 scoreless innings while limiting Kannapolis to a pair of hits and two walks. Despite playing in the hitter-friendly NewBridge Bank Park, he is more consistent at home, going 3-4 with a 1.91 ERA (12 ER/46.2 IP) and 54 strikeouts in 11 starts compared to 1-3 with a 4.63 ERA (18 ER/35.0 IP) in eight road starts. This is Poteet’s first season at the Class A level after spending 2015 with Short-Season Batavia, going 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA (3 ER/12.2 IP) in five games (four starts). The Marlins selected Poteet in the fourth round of the June 2015 draft out of UCLA where he was a member of the Bruins’ 2013 College World Series Championship team.

Micker Adolfo

Micker Adolfo (27) of the Kannapolis Intimidators at bat against the Delmarva Shorebirds at Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium on April 21, 2016 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The Intimidators defeated the Shorebirds 9-3. (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images)

Last Time Out: The Intimidators pounded out 24 hits, the most in recorded team history, while scoring runs in eight of nine innings to beat the Shorebirds, 16-3, on Tuesday at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Kannapolis hit a season-high four home runs, the team’s most in two seasons, to rout Delmarva. Micker Adolfo finished 4-for-6, his first career 4-hit game and the seventh by an Intimidator this season, while crossing the plate four times, the most by an Intimidators player in 2016.  Adolfo was one of eight Intimidators who recorded a multi-hit game.  Johan Cruz, Antonio Rodriguez, Alex Call, and Danny Mendick all blasted home runs as Kannapolis enjoyed its first 4-homer game since July 8, 2014, at Greensboro.  Max Beatty (3-3) earned the win, allowing two unearned runs on seven hits over 6.0 innings.  Delmarva Reid Love (6-7) took the loss, giving up seven runs (four earned) on 11 hits in 3.0 innings.  Michael Costello took over for Delmarva and served up three bombs in 4.0 relief innings.

Awesome Offense: Kannapolis enjoyed its best offensive performance in several seasons, scoring 16 runs in a blowout win at Delmarva on Tuesday. The Intimidators last scored at least 15 runs in a game on July 5, 2012, when they beat Greensboro 17-2. For perspective, that was Chris Curley’s first game as a member of the White Sox organization.

Hit Me Baby One More Time: The 24-hit performance is the highest on record in Intimidators history (since 2005). All nine Intimidators batters hit safely, eight with multi-hit games, as Kannapolis put up its first 20-hit game since June 22, 2012, when the Intimidators had exactly 20 hits in a 12-3 win at home against Delmarva. The Intimidators’ previous high for hits in recorded team history came June 28, 2008, in a 20-6 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers when Kannapolis pounded out 23 hits on the night.

Massive Margin: Kannapolis beat Delmarva by 13 runs on Tuesday, the team’s largest margin of victory this season, besting the previous high margin of victory of 10 runs in a 10-0 win in Game 2 of a June 28 against the Rome Braves. The last time the Intimidators beat a team by 13 runs or more came on July 5, 2012, in a home win, 17-2, over Greensboro when Kannapolis won by 15 runs.

Mighty Micker: White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo enjoyed a career night with his first 4-hit game Tuesday in Delmarva, going 4-6 with four runs scored, the most by an Intimidators player this season. Adolfo, who had a pair of 3-hit games in his career (most recently on July 2 at Hickory), is the seventh Intimidators player with a 4-hit game this season and the first since Grant Massey went 4-4 for Saturday in Delmarva. Adolfo’s previous season-high for runs scored, 2, came April at West Virginia. His career-high of 3 runs came July 21, 2014 in a game against the AZL Giants.

Four Score: Micker Adolfo became the first Intimidators player to score four runs in a game since June 21, 2015, when Eddy Alvarez accomplished the feat at Greensboro.

Stay Classy, Grant Massey: Third baseman Grant Massey hit safely in each of his first three at-bats Tuesday, finishing 3-6 with two RBI and a run scored. In the 4-game series at Delmarva, Massey hit .500 (7-14) with two runs scored, four RBI, and a double in three games. The utility infielder upped his average to .277 and now has 13 RBI in his last 10 games, dating back to July 14.

Double Trouble: Kannapolis faces the Grasshoppers in a doubleheader on Thursday, the Intimidators’ fifth twin bill of 2016. Kannapolis is 2-6 in doubleheader games this season, including 1-1 against Greensboro when the team’s split two games on July 17 at Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare system.

 

Game Notes 7/26/16: Walking Strong, Rockin’ Rodriguez, and Beatty on the bump

Kannapolis Intimidators (15-15, 39-61) at Delmarva Shorebirds (13-18, 55-54)
Tuesday, July 25, 2016 – 7:05 p.m.
Arthur W. Perdue Stadium (opened 1996) – Salisbury, Md.
Game #101 of 140
RH Max Beatty (2-3, 3.54) vs. LHP Reid Love (6-6, 3.41)

Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) wrap up this 7-game road trip with a chance to split a 4-game series with the Shorebirds (A, Orioles) at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Kannapolis, which has dropped six of its last eight games, is coming off a one-sided victory, 9-0, against Delmarva. Today Max Beatty makes his sixth start with Kannapolis and his eighth since the White Sox signed him out of the independent Pacific Association. He will face Delmarva’s left-hander Reid Love. The Shorebirds lead the season series, 10-7, with five games left between the two teams including today and a 4-game series to finish the season in Delmarva.

Intimidating Starter: Max Beatty, 25, makes his sixth start with the Intimidators first against an Orioles affiliate. He is coming off a road loss at Lakewood on July 21, allowing four runs on six hits in 5.2 innings. The right-hander has alternated winning and losing decisions this season and is two starts removed from an affiliated ball career-high of 7.2 IP, allowing two runs on five hits in a July 14 win over Lexington. In two starts with Great Falls, Beatty went 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA (8 ER/11.0 IP) and 14 strikeouts. In his final start with the Voyagers, he struck out a career-high nine over 6.0 innings June 22 win against Missoula. Beatty spent 2015 as one of the best arms in the independent Pacific Association, going 8-2 with a 3.18 ERA and three complete games in 14 games (14 starts) for the San Rafael Pacifics. He opened this season with the Pacifics before the White Sox signed him in June. In his most recent season in affiliated ball, Beatty made 18 appearances for Short-Season Eugene as a member of the Padres system, going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA (14 ER/28.0 IP) and 25 strikeouts in 2014 

Dealing for Delmarva: Reid Love, 24, makes his 18th start of the season and 21st appearance as he faces the Intimidators for the fourth time this season. The lefty is 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA (1 ER/12.0 IP) and 15 strikeouts in three games (two starts) against Kannapolis. He earned a win over the Intimidators on April 22, allowing one run over 5.1 innings in Kannapolis. In his second half debut, he spun 3.1 scoreless innings against the I’s before play was suspended due to rain, aborting his start. July has been unkind to Love, who is 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA (9 ER/17.0 IP), his highest ERA in any month this season by more than a run (his previous high month of April featured a 3.50 ERA). Love is coming off a home loss to Hickory on July 20, allowing two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings while striking out six and walking two. A former ECU Pirates pitcher, Love was drafted in the 10th round of the June 2015 First-Year Player Draft by Baltimore. He split last season between the GCL Orioles and Short-Season Aberdeen, going 3-4 with a 4.81 ERA (21 ER/39.1 IP) in 12 games (seven starts).

About Last Night: Antonio Rodriguez drove in a pair of runs on three hits in a 9-0 win over the Shorebirds on Monday. Brannon Easterling combined with Alex Katz and Dylan Barrow to spin the Intimidators’ eighth shutout. Easterling (5-2) worked 5.2 scoreless frames to earn the win, working around three hits and three walks while striking out two.  Katz limited Delmarva to two hits over 2.1 innings, and Barrow spun a scoreless ninth to finish the game. After scoring runs in each of the first three innings, the Intimidators sent all nine batters to the plate in the fifth, a 4-run frame, to pull away from Delmarva. Francisco Jimenez (7-9) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over 4 and 1/3 innings.  He struck out four and walked four before turning the ball over to Jesus Liranzo.

Walking Strong: Second baseman Bradley Strong went 1-1 with an RBI and a run scored while drawing a career-high and team-best four walks in Monday’s 9-0 win over Delmarva, becoming the first Intimidators batter to walk four times in one game since April 4, 2014, when Danny Hayes walked four times against Greeville. Strong, who had just one multi-walk game this season entering Monday (2, June 2 at Charleston), had previously walked three times in a game just once, on July 23, 2015, with the AZL White Sox against the AZL Cubs. Six Intimidators had walked three times in a game entering Monday, most recently KJ Woods on July 2 at Hickory.

Walk It Out: Kannapolis drew 10 walks on Monday against Delmarva to match the team’s season high. The Intimidators last walked 10 times in a game on April 23, 2016, when the same Shorebirds issued double-digit free passes. On Monday, Francisco Jimenez walked four in 4.1 innings before Jesus Liranzo issued two in 1.2 frames. Relievers Patrick Baker and Bobby Strader combined for four walks in 2.0 innings to finish the outing.

Blanking the Birds: Kannapolis spun its eighth shutout of the season on Monday, improving to 8-4 in shutout games in 2016, the second-best winning percentage in such contests in the South Atlantic League this season at .667 (Hickory [8-2], .800). The Intimidators are tied with the Crawdads for the fourth-most shutouts in the SAL behind Charleston (12), Delmarva (10), and West Virginia (9).

Rockin’ Rodriguez: Antonio Rodriguez finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored as the Intimidators pounded out 12 hits in Monday’s 9-0 win over the Shorebirds. Rodriguez enjoyed his eighth game with at least three hits this season and his first 3-hit game since a June 24 win over Delmarva when he was 3-4. Rodriguez, whose lone 4-hit game came May 31 vs. Augusta, is batting .283 (17-60) in 15 games against the Shorebirds.

Regularly On The Rubber: Intimidators starting pitchers Johnathan Frebis and Luis Martinez are both tied atop the SAL with 20 games started, more than any other arms. There are 10 Sally League pitchers tied with 19 starts apiece entering play Monday. Frebis, who dropped Sunday’s game to the Shorebirds, is now tied for the most losses by a pitcher in the SAL this season with nine, joining Lexington’s Scott Blewett, Columbia’s Chase Ingram, Lexington’s Emilio Ogando, and Rome’s Mike Soroka.

 

Game Notes 7/25/16: Mo throws 0’s, Regularly on the Rubber, and Massey’s RBI-streak snapped

Kannapolis Intimidators (14-15, 38-61) at Delmarva Shorebirds (13-17, 55-44)
Monday, July 25, 2016 – 7:05 p.m.
Arthur W. Perdue Stadium (opened 1996) – Salisbury, Md.
Game #100 of 140
RH Brannon Easterling (4-2, 2.29) vs. RHP Francisco Jimenez (7-8, 4.92)

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Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) face the Shorebirds (A, Orioles) in the 100th game of the 2016 season. Kannapolis, which has dropped six of its last seven games, will send to the mound Brannon Easterling against Delmarva’s Francisco Jimenez in the third game of this 4-game series. The Shorebirds have won all five games against the Intimidators at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in 2016 with the Intimidators last win in this building coming in June of 2015 when Kannapolis took three of four games against Delmarva. The Shorebirds own the season series, 10-6, however Kannapolis still holds the all-time edge, 110-96, dating back to the 2001 season.

Intimidating Starter: Brannon Easterling, 25, makes his 10th start and 26th appearance of the season for Kannapolis. Against Delmarva, he is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA (3 ER/8.0 IP) and five strikeouts in three games (one start) with the Shorebirds batting .185 (5-27) against him. Easterling took a hard-luck road loss in his most recent outing, allowing two unearned runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings at Lakewood on July 20, his first loss since April 23 (which came at the hands of Delmarva). In nine starts, Easterling is now 1-1 with a 2.75 ERA (12 ER/39.1 IP) compared to 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 16 relief appearances this season. Since the All-Star Break, Easterling is 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA (6 ER/28.2 IP) in five games Easterling served as a starter for Advanced Rookie Great Falls in 2015, going 5-4 with a 3.50 ERA (32 ER/82.1 IP) in 15 games (all starts). The White Sox selected him in the 20th round of the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Edwards where he led the nation with 14 complete games in 2014.

Dealing for Delmarva: Francisco Jimenez, 21, makes his 19th start of the season and second against the Intimidators. He earned a win over Kannapolis on June 13, allowing an unearned run on four hits in 6.0 innings with four strikeouts and two walks. Jimenez has been much better in Salisbury, Md., than on the road, going 5-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) at home compared to 6-8 with a 7.04 ERA in eight games (seven starts) in away games. Earlier this month, Jimenez spun a career-high 7.2 scoreless innings, striking out eight while scattering five hits in a road win at Hagerstown on July 3. He faced Kannapolis in his second Class A appearance in 2015, limiting the I’s to one run on three hits in 5.1 innings in a no decision. Last season, Jimenez went 4-5 with a 3.92 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) between Short-A Aberdeen and Delmarva. He made his pro debut with the DSL Orioles in 2012.

Last Time Out: Delmarva used a big fourth inning to score a 6-3 win on Sunday. In the home half of the first, Delmarva strung together three straight singles by Ryan Mountcastle, Yermin Mercedes, and Alex Murphy to plate the game’s first run. Delmarva erupted for five runs in the fourth, sending all nine batters to the plate to chase Intimidators starter Johnathan Frebis from the game.  All six runs scored with two outs as Guillermo Salas drove in Austin Anderson to ignite the offense.  Cedric Mullins and Yermin Mercedes each added 2-run doubles as five straight Shorebirds hit safely, ending Frebis’ outing with Delmarva on top 6-0. Frebis (7-9) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits over 3 and 2/3 innings. Delmarva’s Ofelky Peralta (6-4) opened with four scoreless, hitless innings before giving up a pair of runs in the fifth en route to earning the win. Peralta allowed two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one.

Real Men Wear Teal: Reliever Mike Morrison, the White Sox 27th round pick in the June 2016 draft, spun a career-high 2.1 scoreless innings on Sunday against Delmarva, retiring the first six batters faced and striking out one for Kannapolis. Each of Morrison’s first four career outings, all with Kannapolis, were 1.0 inning each. This June, Morrison served as a member of the College World Series champion Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, who captured the school’s first NCAA title by beating Arizona.

Massey’s RBI-Streak Snapped: Grant Massey went 0-4 and did not drive in a run on Sunday, his first game without an RBI since July 13. From July 14-23, he played in all eight Intimidators games played and hit .464 (13-28) with 11 RBI and four doubles, coming through with at least one RBI in each game. Massey has driven in 13 runs in 20 games in the month of July compared to 15 RBI in 56 games from the start of the season through June. On Saturday, Massey enjoyed the first 4-game game of his career.

Regularly On The Rubber: Intimidators starting pitchers Johnathan Frebis and Luis Martinez are both tied atop the SAL with 20 games started, more than any other arms. There are 10 Sally League pitchers tied with 19 starts apiece entering play Monday. Frebis, who dropped Sunday’s game to the Shorebirds, is now tied for the most losses by a pitcher in the SAL this season with nine, joining Lexington’s Scott Blewett, Columbia’s Chase Ingram, Lexington’s Emilio Ogando, and Rome’s Mike Soroka.

Birds of a Feather: Delmarva batters Yermin Mercedes and Cedric Mullins have enjoyed a strong start to this series against Kannapolis. Mullins was 3-5 with two doubles, a triple, two RBI, and a run scored in Sunday’s 6-3 Shorebirds win. Mullins ranks first in the league in triples (10), second in at-bats (372), third in extra-base hits (40) and total bases (160), and tied for third in runs scored (58). His teammate Yermin Mercedes, who hit three home runs in a 4-for-4 game on Saturday, went 2-4 with two RBI and a double on Sunday. Mercedes leads the SAL in slugging percentage (.585); ranks second in average (.356), hits (115), extra-base hits (41), and total bases (189); third in on-base percentage (.408); fourth in RBI (59); and tied for fourth in home runs (14).

Broadcast Information: All 140 Intimidators games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network online at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his sixth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.” Erik Oas will handle play-by-play during weekend home games.

Game Notes 7/24/16: Great day for Grant, Who you gonna Call, and the last 3-HR game against Kannapolis

Kannapolis Intimidators (14-14, 38-60) at Delmarva Shorebirds (12-17, 54-44)
Sunday, July 24, 2016 – 5:05 p.m.
Arthur W. Perdue Stadium (opened 1996) – Salisbury, Md.
Game #99 of 140
LH Johnathan Frebis (7-8, 4.66) vs. RHP Ofelky Peralta (5-4, 3.68)

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Grant Massey

Grant Massey (18) continued to impress for the Intimidators in Saturday’s game in Delmarva.

Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) look to bounce back from allowing a season-high four home runs in Saturday’s series opener as they face the Shorebirds (A, Orioles) in Game 2 of this 4-game series. Kannapolis, which fell 8-6 on Saturday, has dropped five of its last six games while Delmarva snapped its 6-game losing skid. Johnathan Frebis toes the rubber for Kannapolis on Sunday as he faces the Shorebirds for the fifth time this season and sixth time in his career. The Intimidators arm will duel Ofelky Peralta of Delmarva, who has struggled with walks this season. Kannapolis leads the all-time series, 110-95, however the Shorebirds have won 9 of 15 games in the season series.

Sally Standings: Kannapolis remains sixth in the 7-team Northern Division Second Half standings, now 4.0 games back of first place Greensboro (18-10). The Intimidators last held a share of second place on July 14 and last were tied for first in the division after play on June 25 when the Second Half was three days underway.

 

Johnathan Frebis free biscuit

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Intimidating Starter: Johnathan Frebis, 23, makes his league-lead-tying 20th start of the season and his fifth against the Shorebirds. He is 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA (8 ER/20.0 IP) and 13 strikeouts in four starts against Delmarva, having last faced them on June 25 when he spun 6.0 innings of 1-run ball to earn a win in his first start of the Second Half. Frebis is coming off his roughest start of the season, allowing five runs on 10 hits over 4.1 innings in a home loss to Greensboro on July 18. Even with that blemish, the month of July has been Frebis’ best yet, going 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA (7 ER/16.1 IP) in three starts for Kannapolis. He has 14 strikeouts and only two walks in the month, by far his best ratio in a month this season. Frebis has struggled on the road, going 2-5 with a 6.02 ERA in 11 starts compared to 5-3 with a 3.12 ERA in eight games in Kannapolis. The White Sox selected Frebis in the 33rd round of the June 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Middle Tennessee State, and he split his professional debut between the AZL White Sox and Kannapolis in 2015. Frebis holds the Middle Tennessee State University record for career starts with 59 while also ranking third in wins (20), fourth in IP (310.0), and sixth in strikeouts (230) with the Blue Raiders.

 

Dealing for Delmarva: Ofelky Peralta, 19, made his 18th start of the season and his fourth against Kannapolis. He has gone 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA (5 ER/12.1 IP) and 14 strikeouts in three games (three starts) against the Intimidators, with his most recent outing against them resulting in a June 14 win at Perdue Stadium. While Peralta has struck out 80 batters in 80.2 IP, he ranks fourth in the league with 47 walks. He is coming off a no decision on July 14 against Columbia where he allowed four runs on four hits with five walks and five strikeouts over 5.0 innings. Following a rough June in which he went 1-2 with a 6.85 ERA in five games (five starts), Peralta has bounced back in July, opening this month 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA (4 ER/16.0 IP) in four games (four starts), including a July 8 five-inning no hitters against Hagerstown when he struck out eight and walked one. The 6’5” 195-pound Dominican right-hander pitched for the GCL Orioles in 2015, going 0-2 with a 5.61 ERA (16 ER/25.2 IP) and 31 strikeouts in 11 games (10 starts) in his domestic debut. Over two seasons between the Gulf Coast League and the Dominican Summer League, he has tallied 64 strikeouts in 69.0 innings, however he has walked 56 batters in that time. Opponents hit .193 against him for his career.

Last Time Out: Delmarva DH Yermin Mercedes hit three home runs, and his teammate Gerrion Grim delivered the deathblow with his own 3-run home run in the eighth to power the Shorebirds past Kannapolis, 8-6, on Saturday. Mercedes, who did not previously have a multi-home run game in his career, finished 4-4 with four RBI. He left the yard in the first, fourth and seventh innings while mixing in a base hit in the fifth. With Delmarva down 6-3 in the seventh, Mercedes stepped to the plate with a runner on first and two outs. He turned on an 0-1 pitch by Ian Hamilton and deposited it over the left field wall, rounding the bases to a standing ovation from the home fans. In the eighth, Austin Anderson and Steve Laurino opened the frame with base hits before Grim drove a 3-run blast over the left-field wall to give the Shorebirds their first lead since the first inning.  Jay Flaa (4-0) notched the win, tossing two-third of a scoreless inning to end the top of the eighth, and Christian Turnipseed worked around a leadoff walk for a scoreless ninth to secure the save (14). Hamilton (1-1) took the loss for Kannapolis, allowing five runs on six hits over 2.0 innings. Grant Massey put together a career night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two RBI and a double. Massey has now drove in runs in each of his last eight games played, dating back to July 14. He is batting .464 (13-28) with 11 RBI and four doubles in his last eight games. Massey upped his season average to .276 with his career-high four hits on Saturday.

Alex Call Who You Gonna Call GhostbustersWho You Gonna Call: Alex Call, the White Sox third round pick in this June’s draft, went 2-4 with two doubles and a run scored on Saturday, raising his average to .417 (10-24) with Class A Kannapolis. This was Call’s second two-double game for the Intimidators, as he also doubled twice on July 18 against Greensboro. Saturday’s performance was the 12th two-double game by an Intimidators player this season.

Mercedes’ Home Run Hat Trick: Delmarva’s Yermin Mercedes became only the second player in the South Atlantic League to hit three home runs in a game this season and the first Shorebirds player to accomplish the feat since at least the 2007 campaign (records prior to 2008 season for 3-home run games were not readily available). Earlier this season, Charleston’s Chris Gittens hit three home runs June 16 against West Virginia in a 3-for-5 performance. Mercedes, who went 4-for-4 with a single and four RBI in the game, is the first player to hit three bombs in a game against Kannapolis since June 9, 2007, when Greensboro’s Adam Howard accomplished the feat in an 18-6 thumping of the Intimidators.

Great Day for Grant: Infielder Grant Massey went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI on Saturday, his first career 4-hit game. Massey, who batted ninth and played second base, put together the sixth 4-hit game for an Intimidators player in 2016 and the first since both Antonio Rodriguez and Tyler Sullivan each had four hits on May 31 against Augusta. With the perfect day at the plate, Massey upped his season average to .276 (77-279) in 75 games with Kannapolis. Massey reached his previous career-high of three hits eight times, including on seven occasions in 2016, most recently on July 17 against Greensboro in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Stay Classy, Mr. Massey: Grant Massey drove in two runs on Saturday, extending his RBI streak to eight games dating back to July 14. In that span, Massey is batting .464 (13-28) with 11 RBI and four doubles. He has driven in 13 runs in 19 games in the month of July compared to 15 RBI in 56 games from the start of the season through June.

When Twice Isn’t As Nice: Reliever Ian Hamilton allowed two home runs on Saturday, one to Yermin Mercedes in the seventh inning and another to Gerrion Grim in the eighth. Hamilton, the White Sox 11th round pick in this June’s draft, became the first Intimidators pitcher to allow to home runs in a game since Ryan Riga gave up two bombs to Hickory on April 8 in the second game of the season.

Shelled by Shorebirds: Delmarva hit four home runs against Kannapolis, the bombs allowed by the Intimidators in a single game this season. Kannapolis had twice allowed three home runs in a game in 2016, first April 8 at home against Hickory then again on July 8 at Greensboro. No Intimidators opponent had hit four home runs in a game since the 2012 season when Kannapolis allowed five home runs to Hagerstown on June 9 in Kannapolis, an 11-6 loss to the Suns.

System of a Down: The White Sox minor league organization went 0-8 on Saturday. In addition to losses by Charlotte (AAA), Birmingham (AA), Kannapolis (A), Great Falls (Advanced Rookie), the AZL White Sox (Rookie), and the DSL White Sox (Rookie), the Winston-Salem Dash (A-Advanced) were swept in a doubleheader by Potomac.

Broadcast Information: All 140 Intimidators games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network online at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his sixth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.” Erik Oas will handle play-by-play during weekend home games.

Game Notes 7/23/16: Massey’s mastery, Who you gonna Call, and It’s been a while

Kannapolis Intimidators (13-13) at Delmarva Shorebirds (11-16, 53-43)
Saturday, July 23, 2016 – 7:05 p.m.
Arthur W. Perdue Stadium (opened 1996) – Salisbury, Md.
Game #98 of 140
RH Jimmy Lambert (0-1, 1.50) vs. LHP Brian Gonzalez (6-6, 2.63)

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Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) return to Arthur W. Perdue Stadium for a 4-game series against the Shorebirds (A, Orioles) to wrap up this week-long road trip. Kannapolis is coming off a 7-5 win in Lakewood to avoid a series sweep while Delmarva dropped its sixth straight game on Friday, a 4-0 home loss to Hickory. The Intimidators will send Jimmy Lambert to the mound for his third Class A start against Delmarva’s Brian Gonzalez, who currently owns the fourth-best ERA (2.63) in the South Atlantic League. The Shorebirds lead the season-series, 8-6, however Kannapolis maintains the all-time edge dating back to 2001, 11-94.

Sally Standings: With Greensboro (17-10) hopping in front of Hagerstown (17-11) in the Second Half standings and Kannapolis (14-13) scoring a win on Friday, the Intimidators gained a game to improve to just 3.0 games back in the Northern Division. Kannapolis remains in sixth.

Jimmy Lambert

Kannapolis Intimidators starting pitcher Jimmy Lambert (8) in action against the Lexington Legends at Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium on July 12, 2016 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images)

Intimidating Starter: Jimmy Lambert, 21, makes his third start for Kannapolis and his seventh career appearance as he faces an Orioles affiliate for the first time. He has been limited to 3.0 IP in each of his first two outings with the Intimidators following four games with the AZL White Sox. In his last outing, Lambert struck out three while allowing a run on two hits July 17 against Greensboro (Game 2). He has eight strikeouts compared to no walks in 6.0 innings since joining Kanapolis from the AZL White Sox where he went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA (3 ER/8.0 IP) and 13 strikeouts compared to two walks in four games (two starts). The White Sox selected Lambert in the fifth round (146th overall) out of Fresno State, where he went 10-2 with a 3.13 ERA (34 ER/97.2 IP) and 78 strikeouts in 15 games (15 starts) in 2016 to help the Bulldogs secure their first Mountain West Conference regular season championship. Fresno State went 36-22 in 2016, amassing its highest win total since 2011, and Lambert earned Mountain West Co-Pitcher of the Year honors.

Dealing for Delmarva: Brian Gonzalez, 20, makes his 19th start of the season and his fifth against the Intimidators. He is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA (10 ER/22.0 IP), 15 strikeouts, and 12 walks in four starts against Kannapolis in 2016 while he has posted a 2.21 ERA (19 ER/77.1 IP) against the rest of the SAL in 14 starts. Gonzalez’s 2.63 ERA ranks fourth in the league, and his 99.1 innings pitched are Top 10. He has not allowed an earned run in his last two outings, going 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/10.0 IP) and 14 strikeouts with seven walks in a road win at Columbia (July 12) and road loss at Augusta (July 17). In July, he is 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA (6 ER/15.2 IP) and 18 strikeouts, his highest ERA for any month in 2016. He spent 2015 with Delmarva, going 4-9 with a 5.71 ERA (67 ER/105.2 IP) in 23 games (23 starts). He faced the I’s only once in 2015, going 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (3 ER/6 IP), dropping a June 5 decision at Intimidators Stadium.

Home Is Where The Hurt Is: Delmarva has dropped their last five home games, last winning in Salisbury, Md., on July 8 against Hagerstown, a 5-0 win (5). They are 2-8 at home in July.

Last Time Out: Alex Call and Johan Cruz hit solo home runs as the Intimdators beat Lakewood, 7-5, on Friday. With the game tied 5-5 going into the fifth inning, the Intimidators pulled away from the BlueClaws for good.  Cruz led off with a base hit, and two batters later, Danny Mendick doubled to cash Cruz from first for a 6-5 lead.  Grant Massey added an RBI-single, his third RBI in as many games against Lakewood this week, to plate Mendick for a 7-5 lead.  Dylan Barrow (1-1) took over on the mound in the third inning and limited the BlueClaws to a run on five hits over 2 and 1/3 innings, which matched his career-long outing to earn the win.  Barrow tied his career-high with four strikeouts while walking one.  Alex Katz took over with a runner on first and one out in the fifth.  He worked himself into a bases-loaded jam before recording the final two outs of the inning, stranding three men on base to preserve the 7-5 lead.  Katz spun 2 and 2/3 scoreless frames, striking out three and walking one while working around two hits before turning the ball over to Ben Wright, who spun a scoreless eighth and ninth for the save (1).

Who You Gonna Call: Alex Call, the White Sox third round pick in this June’s draft, went 3-5 with two RBI and a run scored on Friday, including his first Class A home run and fourth professionally. He matched his career-high for hits in a game (set earlier this season with Advanced Rookie Great Falls) while pacing the Kannapolis offense and upping his average to .400 (8-20) in the SAL.

It’s Been A While: Kannapolis played its longest 9-inning game of the season on Friday, needing 3:21 to dispatch of Lakewood, 7-5, at FirstEnergy Park. The game was two minutes longer than the team’s home loss to Delmarva, 10-4, on April 22 that took 3:19. Friday was getaway day, so go figure.

Stay Classy, Grant Massey: Third baseman Grant Massey continued to drive in runs for Kannapolis in Friday’s win over Lakewood. He went 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored. It was Massey’s seventh game in a row with an RBI, dating back to July 14. In that span, he is batting .375 (9-24) with three doubles, nine RBI, and two runs scored. Massey has 11 RBI in 18 games in July, more than any other month this season with a week left to play in the month. He drove in three in April (18 games) seven in May (19), and five in June (19).

Slump Busting: KJ Woods snapped an 0-18 skid by going 2-5 on Friday, his first hits since July 13 in a home loss to Lexington, 13-6. Woods, who is batting .222 (20-90) in 26 games with Kannapolis, had an average of .269 before his rough week.

Broadcast Information: All 140 Intimidators games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network online at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his sixth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.” Erik Oas will handle play-by-play during weekend home games.

Game Notes 7/22/16: Stay classy, Massey; 10 rounds with Jose; and Nate the Great

Kannapolis Intimidators (13-13, 37-59) at Lakewood BlueClaws (16-11, 45-51)
Friday, July 22, 2016 – 7:05 p.m.
FirstEnergy Park – Lakewood, N.J.
Game #97 of 140
RH Luis Martinez (4-7, 4.12) vs. RH Edgar Garcia (3-1, 2.29)

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Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) play to avoid a 3-game series sweep Friday against the BlueClaws (A, Phillies) after Lakewood took each of the first two games. Kannapolis has struggled offensively, pushing just three runs across the plate over the first two games of this series, including a 4-2 loss on Thursday. The Intimidators have dropped five straight while the BlueClaws have won six in a row entering Friday’s game. The BlueClaws lead the season-series, 7-3, and have now tied up the all-time series, 88-88 (since 2001).

Sally Standings: Kannapolis slipped to sixth in the 7-team SAL Northern Division Second Half standings after the team’s fourth straight loss on Thursday. The Intimidators were in in second place, 1.0 game back of Greensboro, as recently as July 14, but a combination of surging division foes Lakewood (five straight wins) and Hickory (four straight wins) and the Intimidators recent losing skid has pushed Kannapolis 3.5 games back in the division.

Luis Martinez

Luis Martinez is back on the mound for the Intimidators for today’s series finale in Lakewood. (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images)

Intimidating Starter: Luis Martinez, 21, makes his SAL leading 20th start and third against the BlueClaws this season. He is 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA (6 ER/9.2 IP) and six strikeouts in two starts while Lakewood is batting .325 (13-40) against Martinez in 2016. His best career outing came at FirstEnergy Park on July 27, 2015, when he spun 8.0 shutout frames against the BlueClaws. The Intimidators Opening Day starter is enjoying his greatest success this month as he is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA (3 ER/16 IP) and 16 strikeouts compared to seven walks in three July starts. This is Martinez’s second season with Kannapolis. In 2015, he went 4-14 with a 5.38 ERA in 24 games.

BlueClaw On The Bump: Edgar Garcia, 19, makes his second start and 17th appearance of the season as he faces Kannapolis for the second time. He worked 3.0 relief innings, allowing a pair of runs on five hits while striking out four to earn a relief win on June 16. In Garcia’s two starts this season, he has found two very dissimilar results, tossing 5.0 scoreless innings of 1-hit ball in a July 9 win over West Virginia before giving lit up July 15 at Charleston, S.C. In that, his most recent start, he allowed five runs on six hits while plunking a batter in two-thirds of an innings in a loss. As a reliever this season, Garcia is 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA (4 ER/29.2 IP) and 33 strikeouts in 14 appearances. After making his professional debut in 2014 with the DSL Phillies, he made his domestic debut last season, going 1-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 12 games with the GCL Phillies.

Last Time Out: Jose Taveras struck out 10 batters over 8.0 innings to pitch Lakewood past the Intimidators, 4-2, on Thursday. Taveras (4-7) earned the win, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks. Max Beatty (2-3) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on six hits over 5.2 innings. The BlueClaws struck early as Zach Coppola scored on a first inning sac-fly by Damek Tomscha for a 1-0 lead. Nate Nolan homered (1) for Kannapolis to tie the game in the third. After Lakewood pulled ahead in the fourth, Kannapolis tied the game again in the fifth inning on a Grant Massey 2-out RBI-double to score Danny Mendick from first base for a 2-2 score. The BlueClaws took the lead with a 2-run sixth inning, chasing Beatty from the game. Scott McLoughlin earned the save (5) for Lakewood with a scoreless ninth.

Stay Classy, Grant Massey: Third baseman Grant Massey paced the Intimidators offense with an RBI-double, going 2-3 on Thursday against Lakewood. Massey is 3-7 with two RBI against the BlueClaws this week. He has continued his streak of clutch hitting for Kannapolis with 2-out RBIs in each of the first two games against Lakewood.

Nate The Great: Catcher Nate Nolan belted his first Class A hit, a solo home run in the third inning of Thursday’s game. The White Sox selected Nolan in the eighth round of the June 2016 First-Year Player Dtaft out of St. Mary’s University.

10 Rounds With Jose: BlueClaws starter Jose Taveras struck out 10 Intimidators on Thursday, matching the most strikeouts by an individual against Kannapolis this season. Hickory’s Dillon Tate fanned 10 (6.0 IP) on April 14, and Lexington’s Scott Blewett tallied 10 strikeouts (7.0 IP) on July 12. Taveras needed 8.0 innings to collect 10 strikeouts but finished five shy of his career high 15 strikeouts, which he set on June 25 against Greenville.

Tough At The Top: The top of the Intimidators order struggled on Thursday against Lakewood. The first four batters combined to hit .063 (1-16) against Jose Taveras and Scott McLoughlin in Game 2 of this series. Kannapolis managed only five hits on Thursday night.

Broadcast Information: All 140 Intimidators games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network online at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his sixth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.” Erik Oas will handle play-by-play during weekend home games.

Chicago White Sox (Majors)
American League (Central)
46-49 4th 10.5 GB
Last night: L, 2-1 (7) vs. Detroit
Kinsler (DET), 3-for-4, R , HR , RBI
Cabrera, M (DET), 2-for-3, R , HR , RBI

White Sox Minor League System

Charlotte Knights (Triple-A)
International League (South)
43-55 T-1st 0.0 GA
Last night: L, 1-0 vs. Indianapolis

Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
Southern League (North)
13-14 4th 3.0 GB
Last Night: W, 3-2 vs. Montgomery
Tago(BIR),W,2.0IP ,4SO

Winston-Salem Dash (High-A)
Carolina League (South)
12-14 3rd 1.0 GB
Last night: L, 4-2 vs. Potomac

Kannapolis Intimidators (Class A)
South Atlantic League (Northern)
13-13 6th 3.5 GB
Yesterday: L, 4-2 vs. Lakewood
Taveras (LWD), W, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 10 K
Nolan (KAN), 1-for-3, R , HR , RBI
Tobias (LWD), 2-for-3, 2 R , 2B

Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie)
Pioneer League (North)
17-15 2nd 3.0 GB
Last night: L, 5-3 vs. Orem
Conlan (GTF), 4-for-4, R , RBI

AZL White Sox (Rookie)
Arizona League (Central)
10-15 5th 7.0 GB
Last night: W, 3-2 (12) vs. AZL Reds
Boelter (WSX), W, 2.0 IP , H , 4 SO

Game Notes 7/21/16: Spencer to the Southern League, Beatty to the bump, and answering the Call

Kannapolis Intimidators (13-12, 37-58) at Lakewood BlueClaws (15-11, 44-51)
Thursday, July 21, 2016 – 7:05 p.m.
FirstEnergy Park – Lakewood, N.J.
Game #96 of 140
RH Max Beatty (2-2, 2.82) vs. RH Jose Taveras (3-7, 3.96)

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Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) look to snap their 3-game losing skid against the BlueClaws (A, Phillies) in Game 2 of this 3-game series at FirstEnergy Park. Kannapolis has struggled offensively as of late, scoring more than four runs just once in the last seven games and falling 2-1 to Lakewood on Wednesday morning in the series opener. The BlueClaws hold a 6-3 lead in the season series, including the last three games against the Intimidators. In the all-time series which dates back to 2001 – the first year of the BlueClaws franchise and the first year the Intimidators became a White Sox affiliate – Kannapolis hold the all-time edge, 88-87.

Sally Standings: Kannapolis fell to fifth in the SAL Northern Division Second Half standings, 3.5 games back of first place Hagerstown (17-9) with Greensboro (16-9), Lakeowod (15-11) and now West Virginia (14-12) ahead of the Intimidators with seven weeks left in the season.

Spencer Adams pitching 2Spencer to the Southern League: Former Intimidators pitcher Spencer Adams earned a promotion today to AA Birmingham, putting him just two levels shy of the Major Leagues at age 20.  Adams, who opened the 2015 season with Kannapolis, went 9-5 with a 3.24 ERA in 19 games with the Intimidators. He posted an impressive 73 K/11 BB ratio in 100.0 IP in the South Atlantic League before earning a July promotion to High-A Winston-Salem.  And one year later, he is on the move again.

Intimidating Starter: Max Beatty, 25, makes his fifth start with the Intimidators and seventh as a member of the White Sox system after signing out of the Independent Pacific Association. He is coming off an affiliated ball career-high of 7.2 IP, allowing two runs on five hits in a July 14 win over Lexington. In 22.1 innings with Kannapolis, he has struck out 15 and walked only one. In two starts with Advanced Rookie Great Falls, Beatty went 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA (8 ER/11.0 IP) and 14 strikeouts. In his final start with the Voyagers, he struck out a career-high nine over 6.0 innings in a June 22 win against the Missoula Osprey. Beatty spent 2015 as one of the best Pacific Association arms, going 8-2 with a 3.18 ERA and three complete games in 14 games (14 starts) for the San Rafael Pacifics. In his most recent season in affiliated ball, Beatty made 18 appearances for Short-Season Eugene as a member of the Padres system, going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA (14 ER/28.0 IP) and 25 strikeouts.

BlueClaw On The Bump: Jose Taveras, 22, makes his 13th start and 18th appearance for the BlueClaws after opening the year in the bullpen. The right-hander from Santo Domingo, D.R., is coming off a no decision at Hickory on July 14, allowing three runs (two earned) in 4.2 innings. Taveras is sitting on 99 strikeouts on the season in 86.1 innings of work, highlighted by his eye-popping 15 strikeout performance on June 25 at Greenville in his first start of the Second Half. That evening, he worked a career-long 8.0 innings, allowing a run on two hits with no walks. He has struggled at FirstEnergy Park, going 0-6 with a 5.18 ERA (23 ER/40.0 IP) in eight games (six starts) compared to 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA (15 ER/46.1 IP) and 58 strikeouts on the road.

Last Time Out: Lakewood capitalized on a sixth inning error to plate two runs in a 2-1 win over Kannapolis on Wednesday morning. BlueClaws starting pitcher Franklyn Kilome (3-7) matched his career-high with nine strikeouts over 6.2 innings to earn the win. Brannon Easterling (4-2) took the loss for Kannapolis, allowing a pair of unearned runs over 5.2 innings. Lakewood relief pitchers Austin Davis (1.1 IP) and Zach Morris (1.0 IP) kept Kannapolis off the scoreboard to close the game. The Intimidators lone runs came in the top of the seventh when Grant Massey’s 2-out single drove in Antonio Rodriguez from second base to chase Kilome from the game.

Saved By The Bell: BlueClaws reliever Zach Morris may not have gone to Bayside with Kelly Kapowski or Screech Powers, but he is leads the South Atlantic League with 34 games finished this season. He is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA with five saves in six chances in 34 games for Lakewood, meaning every one of his appearances in 2016 has been to end the game. It’s also worth noting that Zach Morris and the gang graduated from Bayside High on Saved By The Bell in 1993, the same year the Phillies farmhand was born.

Answering the Call: Outfielder Alex Call went 2-3 with a walk on Wednesday. He is batting .455 (5-11) in three games since being promoted to Class A Kannapolis from Advanced Rookie Great Falls on July 17. The White Sox selected him 86th overall out of Ball State, the highest drafted player to reach Kannapolis in his draft year since 2013 when all three of the Sox top picks played for Kannapolis during their professional debut seasons.

Dylan Does Work: Reliever Dylan Barrow spun a career-long 2.1 scoreless innings on Monday against Greensboro, striking out a career-high four. Barrow’s previous career high of 2.0 IP had been reached already three times this season, most recently on June 28 against Rome. The White Sox selected Barrow in the 18th round of the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of the Univ. of Tampa. He attended Durant High School in Plant City, Fla., the same high school attended by former Intimidators pitcher Tyler Danish (2013-14), who reached the Major Leagues this season.

Broadcast Information: All 140 Intimidators games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network online at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his sixth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.” Erik Oas will handle play-by-play during weekend home games.

AROUND THE WHITE SOX ORGANIZATION:

Chicago White Sox (Majors)
American League (Central)
46-48 4th 10.0 GB
Last night: L, 6-5 (11) vs. Seattle
Cabrera, Me (CWS): 3-for-6, 2 R , 2B , 3B , RBI , SB

White Sox Minor League System

Charlotte Knights (Triple-A)
International League (South)
43-54 1st 1.0 GA
Last night: L, 14-2 vs. Scranton/WB

Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
Southern League (North)
12-14 4th 4.0 GB
Last Night: L, 13-2 vs. Montgomery

Winston-Salem Dash (High-A)
Carolina League (South)
12-13 3rd 1.0 GB
Last night: Off

Kannapolis Intimidators (Class A)
South Atlantic League (Northern)
13-12 5th 3.5 GB
Yesterday: L, 2-1 vs. Lakewood

Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie)
Pioneer League (North)
17-14 2nd 2.5 GB
Last night: Off

AZL White Sox (Rookie)
Arizona League (Central)
9-15 5th 7.0 GB
Last night: Off

Game Notes 7/20/16: Let’s go to New Jersey!

Kannapolis Intimidators (13-11, 37-57) at Lakewood BlueClaws (14-11, 43-51)
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – 11:05 a.m.
FirstEnergy Park – Lakewood, N.J.
Game #95 of 140
RH Brannon Easterling (4-1, 2.48) vs. RH Franklyn Kilome (2-7, 4.75)

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Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) hit the road for games outside of the Tarheel State for the first time in a month for a 3-game series against the BlueClaws (A, Phillies) starting on Wednesday morning. Kannapolis, which dropped three of four in Lakewood to end the First Half of the season, is 3-5 against the BlueClaws this season with 10 games left against them this season. Kannapolis is coming off a home series loss to Greensboro while the BlueClaws swept a Monday doubleheader against the RiverDogs in Charleston.

Sally Standings: Kannapolis now sits in fourth in the SAL Northern Division Second Half standings, 2.5 games back of first place Hagerstown (16-9) with both Greensboro (15-9) and Lakeowod (14-11) now ahead of the Intimidators with seven weeks left in the season.

Intimidating Starter: Brannon Easterling, 25, makes his ninth start and 25th appearance of the season for Kannapolis. In two relief appearances against Lakewood in the First Half, Easterling went 0-0 with a 4.05 ERA (3 ER/6.2 IP) and five strikeouts. He is coming off a no decision July 13 against Lexington, allowing three runs on four hits over 5.0 innings. In eight starts, Easterling is now 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA (12 ER/33.2 IP) compared to 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA in his 16 relief appearances this season. Since the All-Star Break, Easterling is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA (6 ER/23.0 IP) in four games (four starts). Easterling served as a starter for Advanced Rookie Great Falls in 2015, going 5-4 with a 3.50 ERA (32 ER/82.1 IP) in 15 games (all starts). The White Sox selected him in the 20th round of the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Edwards where he led the nation with 14 complete games in 2014.

Last Time Out: Greensboro used a 6-run fifth inning to beat Kannapolis, 7-3, on Monday in the series rubber match. Josh Naylor paced the Hoppers at the plate, going 5-5 with two doubles and an RBI while both Kyle Barrett and Isael Soto enjoyed 3-hit games for Greensboro. Kannapolis starter Johnathan Frebis took the loss, allowing five runs on 10 hits over 4.1 innings. Greensboro pitcher Steven Farnworth (4-3) notched the win, allowing one run over 5.0 innings.

Dylan Does Work: Reliever Dylan Barrow spun a career-long 2.1 scoreless innings on Monday against Greensboro, striking out a career-high four. Barrow’s previous career high of 2.0 IP had been reached already three times this season, most recently on June 28 against Rome. The White Sox selected Barrow in the 18th round of the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of the Univ. of Tampa. He attended Durant High School in Plant City, Fla., the same high school attended by former Intimidators pitcher Tyler Danish (2013-14), who reached the Major Leagues this season.

Cheers to Cherry: Reliever Taylore Cherry earned a promotion to High-A Winston-Salem on Tuesday becoming the 14th Intimidators player to move up this season. Cherry, 23, is 1-4 with a 2.42 ERA (12 ER/44.2 IP) and 51 strikeouts in 30 relief appearances for Kannapolis. The 6’9”, 290-pound pitcher ranks third among South Atlantic League relievers in lowest walks/9 IP ratio at 1.41. He ranks tied for second in the SAL in games for a pitcher. The White Sox selected Cherry in the 32nd round of the June 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of UNC.

Dutto Departed: Infielder Max Dutto has been transferred to Advanced Rookie Great Falls, a move that also took place on Tuesday. Dutto, 22, has played 19 games for the Intimidators since making his professional debut on June 18 with Kannapolis after being selected by the White Sox in the ninth round of the June 2016 First-Year Player Draft. Dutto is batting .218 (12-55) with two doubles, a triple, four RBI, and seven runs scored. Dutto finished his college career at Menlo College in 2016 following three seasons at Cal.

Call of Duty: White Sox third rounder Alex Call went 2-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored on Tuesday, his second game with Class A Kannapolis. He is now 3-8 with the Intimidators. Call led the Pioneer League with 19 walks before being promoted on Sunday. The White Sox selected him 86th overall out of Ball State, the highest drafted player to reach Kannapolis in his draft year since 2013 when all three of the Sox top picks played for Kannapolis during their professional debut seasons.

Broadcast Information: All 140 Intimidators games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network online at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his sixth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.” Erik Oas will handle play-by-play during weekend home games.

Game Notes 7/18/16: Frebis against Farnsworth, Mighty Martinez, and putting in the Call

Kannapolis Intimidators (13-10, 37-56) vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers (14-9, 52-41)
Monday, July 18, 2016 – 7:05 p.m.
Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System – Kannapolis, N.C.
Game #94 of 140
LH Johnathan Frebis (7-7, 4.38) vs. RH Steven Farnworth (3-3, 3.32)

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Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) play for a series win over the Grasshoppers (A, Marlins) on Monday in the third game of a now-3-game series. Following back-to-back rain outs on Friday and Saturday, Kannapolis split a doubleheader with Greensboro on Sunday to set up today’s series rubber match. The Hoppers lead the season-series, 6-3, however Kannapolis has won three of its last four games against Greensboro dating back to July 9. The Grasshoppers have been streaky as of late, winning nine straight games from June 30 to July 8 before losing six-in-a-row, a skid that was snapped by winning Game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Sally Standings: Kannapolis now sits third in the SAL Northern Division Second Half standings, 1.5 games back of first place Hagerstown (15-9) with Greensboro (14-9) is a half-game back with seven weeks left in the season.

Johnathan Frebis

Kannapolis Intimidators starting pitcher Johnathan Frebis (26) in action against the Delmarva Shorebirds at Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The Intimidators defeated the Shorebirds 2-1. (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images)

Intimidating Starter: Johnathan Frebis, 23, makes his league-lead-tying 19th start of the season and second straight start against the Grasshoppers. He is coming off back-to-back wins for this season, beating Hagerstown on July 5 and Greensboro on July 10. Over his last two outings, he has struck out a career-high six batters each time, allowing one run over 6.0 IP in both games. In the second half, Frebis is 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA (7 ER/23.0 IP) in four starts compared to going 4-6 with a 4.96 ERA (36 ER/65.1 IP) in 14 starts before the break. The White Sox selected Frebis in the 33rd round of the June 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Middle Tennessee State, and he split his professional debut between the AZL White Sox and Kannapolis in 2015. Frebis holds the Middle Tennessee State University record for career starts with 59 while also ranking third in wins (20), fourth in IP (310.0), and sixth in strikeouts (230) with the Blue Raiders.

Hoppers Hurler: Steven Farnworth, 22, makes his 14th start and 21st appearance of the season while facing Kannapolis for the second time. The right-hander spun 5.0 shutout innings against the Intimidators on July 7 in a no decision. Over his last six starts, Farnworth is 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA (7 ER/30 IP), dating back to June 13. As a starter, he is 3-3 with a 3.31 ERA (24 ER/65.1 IP) and 36 strikeouts compared to 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and 3 saves in 3 chances in seven relief appearances to open the season. Farnworth spent last season primarily with Short-A Batavia, going 2-2 with a 0.75 ERA in 22 games after two May appearances with High-A Jupiter. The Marlins selected Farnworth in the 23rd round of the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal Poly Pomona. Farnworth was the ace of the Broncos staff at CPP as a junior, going 6-3 with a 3.07 ERA while leading the Broncos to the conference and NCAA playoffs in 2014.

About Last Night: Kannapolis split a doubleheader with Greensboro, coming from behind for a 3-2 win in Game 1 before losing a big early lead to fall 5-4 in Game 2. With the Hoppers up 2-1 in the first game, Grant Massey came through with a 2-out 2-run single to drive in the tying and winning runs for the Intimidators as part of a 3-hit game. Kannapolis built a 4-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2, but the Hoppers rallied for five unanswered runs to split the twin bill. John Silviano finished 4-4 with a home run, two doubles, and three RBI to pace Greensboro.

Mighty Martinez: With 5.0 innings of work in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader, Intimidators starting pitcher Luis Martinez now leads the South Atlantic League with 19 starts on the season, ranks tied for fourth with 95 strikeouts, and is tied for 10th with 94.0 IP.

Cherry On Top: Reliever Taylore Cherry made his team-leading 30th appearance on the mound in Game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader, which is now tied for the second-most appearances by a pitcher in the South Atlantic League this season. Only Lakewood’s Zach Morris (33 games) has appeared in more gams as well as more episodes of Saved By The Bell.

More Runs, More Wins: Kannapolis improved to to 37-0 when outscoring its opponent in 2016.

Put in the Call: White Sox third round pick Alex Call made his Class A debut with Kannapolis in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader, going 1-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base. Call led the Pioneer League with 19 walks before being promoted on Sunday. The White Sox selected him 86th overall out of Ball State, the highest drafted player to reach Kannapolis in his draft year since 2013 when all three of the White Sox top picks played for Kannapolis during their professional debut seasons.

Broadcast Information: All 140 Intimidators games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network online at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his sixth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.” Erik Oas will handle play-by-play during weekend home games.

Yes, that “More Runs, More Wins” note was put in here facetiously. It’s been a crazy home stand with back-to-back rainouts, and I’m a little tired. Plus, I mean, c’mon! We’re 37-0 in that instance. That’s a REALLY good record!  

Game Notes 7/17/16: Back-to-back bummers, Third rounder to Kannapolis, and another Intimidator Dash-bound

Kannapolis Intimidators (12-9, 36-55) vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers (13-8, 51-40)
Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 3:05 p.m. – Doubleheader
Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System – Kannapolis, N.C.
Games #92-93 of 140
RH Luis Martinez (4-7, 4.25) vs. RH Cody Poteet (3-7, 3.07)
RH Jimmy Lambert (0-1, 0.00) vs. TBA

Today’s Preview: Following back-to-back rainouts on Friday and Saturday, the Intimidators (A, White Sox) open a now-3-game series against the Grasshoppers (A, Marlins) with a doubleheader on Sunday. Kannapolis is coming off a win on Thursday against Lexington while the first place Hoppers have lost five straight coming into this series, starting with a couple of losses last week to the Intimidators at NewBridge Bank Park. Greensboro (13-8) is tied with Hagerstown (14-9) in first place in the Northern Division with Kannapolis (12-9) one game back. With a doubleheader sweep, the Intimidators could take over sole possession of first place for the first time in 2016.

Back To Back Bummers: Kannapolis had consecutive home games rained out for the first time this season with both Friday and Saturday’s contests against Greensboro being postponed due to rain. The games will be made up with doubleheaders today as well as on Thursday, July 28, when the Grasshoppers return to Kannapolis. The last time the Intimidators had back-to-back home rainouts came April 19-20, 2015, as games against Hickory and West Virginia were washed out.

Intimidating Starter: Luis Martinez, 21, makes his Sally League leading 19th start of the year for Kannapolis. The Intimidators Opening Day starter, is enjoying his greatest success of the year in the month of July. Martinez is a perfect 2-0 in July with a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings of work with 13 strikeouts and only three walks allowed. In his last time out Martinez faced the Grasshoppers in Greensboro, earning the win for his five innings of work allowing just one hit to Angel Reyes and striking out seven. This is the fourth career start for Martinez against Greensboro and second of the season. The 2011 International free agent signee has had to bounce back from tommy john surgery which delayed his pro debut by one season.

Going in Game 2: Jimmy Lambert, 21, makes his second start for Kannapolis and sixth career appearance as he faces a Marlins affiliate for the first time. He struck out five over 3.0 innings in his Class A debut on July 12, allowing two unearned runs on two hits in a loss to Lexington. He went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA (3 ER/8.0 IP) and 13 strikeouts compared to two walks in four games (two starts) with the AZL White Sox. This is his first career appearance against a Royals affiliate. The Sox selected Lambert in the fifth round (146th overall) out of Fresno State. This season, he went 10-2 with a 3.13 ERA (34 ER/97.2 IP) and 78 strikeouts in 15 games (15 starts) to help the Bulldogs secure their first Mountain West Conference regular season championship. Fresno State went 36-22 in 2016, amassing its highest win total since 2011, and Lambert earned Mountain West Co-Pitcher of the Year honors.

Greensboro Starter: Cody Poteet, 21, makes his 18th start of the year and his third of the year against Kannapolis. Poteet was selected in the 4th round as the 216 overall pick by the Miami Marlins in the 2015 MLB Draft and signed for $488.7 K. Described by scouts as enigmatic for his use in a variety of roles. Look for the righty to mix in a slider and curveball that are considered “usable” but occasionally he will have trouble throwing them for strikes. His fastball is his best pitch, ranging between 90-92 mph and will occasionally hit 94 mph. The Bonita California native attended UCLA after staring in baseball for Christian High School in El Cajon California. In high school, Poteet was not just a pitcher. As a position player he batted .509 with 13 doubles and 20 stolen bases, 23 RBI and throwing only 17.2 innings. The Washington Nationals selected him in the 27th round out of High School but he did not sign.

MiLB_062516_1099_BW_7upq9zqw_lcsxmrd6.jpgDash-Bound: All-Star outfielder Landon Lassiter has been promoted to High-A Winston-Salem today, becoming the 13th Intimidators player to earn a promotion this season. Lassiter hit a team best .283 (81-286) with 13 doubles, a triple, two home runs, and 24 RBI in 77 games in the SAL this season. The White Sox selected Lassiter in the 21st round of the June 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of UNC.

Third Rounder to Kannapolis: The Intimidators have received White Sox 2016 third round pick Alex Call from Advanced Rookie Great Falls. Call, the 86th overall selection out of Ball State, is the highest drafted player to reach Kannapolis in his draft year since 2013 when all three of the White Sox top picks played for Kannapolis during their professional debut seasons. That year, first rounder Tim Anderson (17th overall), second rounder Tyler Danish (55th overall), and third rounder Jacob May (91st overall) all played for Kannapolis after being drafted in June. Call hit .308 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 27 games for the Voyagers this season.

(see Call’s stats at Ball State here)

Here’s the FutureSox write up on Call from their Draft summary:

Call wasn’t projected as a high pick, but has strong college production. In the MLB.com draft stream Jim Callis said he is a good defender with good speed. Call hit .358 with 13 home runs while impressively had as many walks as strikeouts (29) in 243 at-bats.

Triple slash of .358/.443/.667 this season as a junior, which earned him a spot on the Louisville Slugger All-America first team by Collegiate Baseball. He was also named the MAC Player of the Year and was on the conference All-Defensive team.

Broadcast Information: All 140 Intimidators games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network online at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his sixth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.” Erik Oas will handle play-by-play during weekend home games

Last Time Out: Max Beatty threw a career high 7 2/3 innings for the Kannapolis Intimidators who avoided a sweep by the Lexington Legends with a 4-2 win on Thursday night at Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System. Beatty (2-2) pitched to contact throughout much of his 7 2/3 inning outing, allowing two runs, on four hits, walking one and striking out five. Through his first seven innings, Beatty did not go to a three ball count on any Legends (9-11, 34-55) batter and finally issued his first walk of the year in the top of the eighth.

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