Starting lineups 5/29/15: Intimidators at Hagerstown Suns

Here are today’s starting lineups for Game 2 of this 4-game series.

Kannapolis Intimidators (22-25)

#1 Eddy Alvarez SS
#8 Christian Stringer 2B
#21 Louie Lechnich RF
#14 Nick Basto LF
#20 Brett Austin C
#10 Mason Robbins DH
#18 Ethan Gross 3B
#5 John Ziznewski 1B
#37 James Baldwin CF

#43 Luis Martinez RHP (1-4, 6.14 ERA, 8th start)

Hagerstown Suns (24-23)

#40 Alec Keller RF
#10 Osvaldo Abreu 2B
#29 Raudy Read C
#13 Jeff Gardner LF
#20 Dale Carey CF
#12 Grant DeBruin 1B
#7 David Masters SS
#23 Austin Davidson 3B
#17 Brennan Middleton DH

#48 Jefry Rodriguez RHP (1-3, 7.20 ERA, 7th start)

Game notes 5/29/15: Intimidators at Suns

Kannapolis Intimidators (22-25) at Hagerstown Suns (24-23)
Friday, May 29, 2015 – 7:05 p.m.
Municipal Stadium – Hagerstown, Md.
Game #48 of 140
RHP Luis Martinez (1-4, 6.14) vs. RHP Jefry Rodriguez (1-3, 7.20)

Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) try to continue a streak of success starts on the mound as Luis Martinez toes the rubber today against the Suns (A, Nationals). Martinez is following three straight starts in which a Kannapolis hurler worked a career-long outing in a quality start. He will duel Hagerstown’s Jefry Rodriguez in the second game of this four-game series at Municipal Stadium. Kannapolis has now won six of its last nine games and is coming off a successful home stand, winning a pair of series wins against Hickory and Lexington. The Suns are coming off a series win at Greensboro. Hagerstown has won 10 of its last 15 games since the second game of a May 14 doubleheader, including a five-game winning streak from May 17-21.

Intimidating Starter: Luis Martinez, 20, makes his eighth start of the season today. The lanky right-hander is coming off three rough outings, going 0-2 with a 15.00 ERA (15 ER/9.0 IP) and seven strikeouts compared to 10 walks. Prior to these three starts in which Martinez has not finished the fourth inning, he spun a career-long 6.2 scoreless innings on May 2 in a win against Rome. This season, he has struggled on the road, going 0-2 with a 7.53 ERA (12 ER/14.1 IP) in four road starts compared to 1-2 with a 4.80 ERA (8 ER/15 IP) in three starts. In 2014, Martinez went 5-3 with a 2.93 ERA (19 ER/58.1 IP) with 62 strikeouts in 12 games (11 starts). He began 2014 with the AZL White Sox, making seven appearances before earning a promotion to Advanced Rookie Great Falls. In one of his final starts in the AZL, Martinez struck out a career-high eight batters over 6.0 scoreless innings while allowing one hit on July 23, 2014.

Suns Starter: Jefry Rodriguez, 21, makes his seventh start of the year and fourth at Municipal Stadium. He has pitched much better at home, going 1-2 with a 4.61 ERA (7 ER/13.2 IP) in three starts compared to three road outings in which he is 0-1 with a 10.32 ERA (13 ER/11.1 IP). Opponents are batting .306 against Rodriguez, including a .316 average for left-handed hitters. In his last start, he took no decision at Lexington on May 24, giving up 10 runs (nine earned) on eight hits with four walks in 4.0 innings of work. The 6’5”, 185-pound right-hander made two starts with Hagerstown last year, including a May 31 loss at Kannapolis in which he gave up four runs on four hits in 3.0 innings. In 2014, Rodriguez went 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA (18 ER/33.1 IP) in seven starts between Hagerstown and Short-Season Auburn.

Yelmison Peralta worked 6.0 scoreless innings, the first scoreless start of his career on Thursday in Hagerstown (photo courtesy of Zach Spedden).

Yelmison Peralta worked 6.0 scoreless innings, the first scoreless start of his career on Thursday in Hagerstown (photo courtesy of Zach Spedden).

About Last Night: Yelmison Peralta spun a career-long 6.0 innings of scoreless ball to lead Kannapolis to a shutout victory over the Suns, 4-0, on Thursday.  The Intimidators defense turned inning-ending double plays in the fifth and sixth. Peralta limited the Suns to three hits and two walks while striking out one to earn the win. Peralta (2-4) paved the way for the Intimidators’ seventh shut out of the season, but the bullpen finished the job.  Jacob Morris was perfect in the seventh and eighth innings, striking out two batters.  Kelvis Valerio worked around a base hit and two walks, stranding three on base in a scoreless ninth. Kannapolis took the lead with two runs in the third inning.  John Ziznewski doubled to the right-center field gap to score Ethan Gross then came home on a double play ball for a 2-0 lead. Matt Purke (0-1), the Suns starter, made his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last May. The Nationals’ third round pick from the 2011 draft worked four innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts in a losing effort.

Suns Eclipsed in Shutout: Kannapolis spun its seventh shutout of the season Thursday and first since posting consecutive shutouts during a May 21 doubleheader against Hickory. The Intimidators have the best record in the South Atlantic League in shutout games, going 7-1 (.875) with the next closest team Charleston at 4-2 (.667). Kannapolis is tied for the most shutout wins on the season with Hickory, which is 7-4 in shutouts. The I’s, despite the more than half-dozen shutouts, have the league’s highest team ERA at 4.29 (191 ER/400.1 IP).

Quantity of Quality: Intimidators starting pitchers have strung together three straight career outings in the last three days. On Tuesday, Yency Almonte spun a career-long 7.0 innings. Spencer Adams followed Wednesaday with his own personal best 7.0 innings of work. Yelmison Peralta spun a career-long 6.0 scoreless innings on Thursday to lead Kannapolis to a shutout win. It’s the third straight quality start by an Intimidators arm. Since Tuesday, Intimidators starting pitching has a 0.90 ERA (2 ER/20 IP).

Louie Louie: Intimidators outfielder Louie Lechich has hit safely in six of his last eight games, batting .290 (9-31) with six RBI and five runs scored since the second game of a May 21 doubleheader against Hickory.

Ragin’ Cajun Rolling: Ryan Leonards saw his five-game hitting streak come to an end Thursday with an 0-3 night. He hit safely in five games from May 22-27, batting .333 (6-18) with three RBI. The former University of Louisiana-Lafayette infielder drew a walk Thursday and has reached base in nine straight games since May 20 –his longest on-base streak of the season. Leonards hit safely in eight straight games from May 8-18, batting .300 (9-30) along the way.

Peralta Points: Yelmison Peralta spun 6.0 strong innings of scoreless ball on Thursday, his first scoreless start of his career and first scoreless outing since working 1.1 relief innings on June 25, 2014, for the Rookie-level AZL White Sox against the AZL Rangers. Peralta walked two batters on Thursday, giving him a league-leading 27 walks this season. The Intimidators right-hander still leads the circuit in runs allowed (39) and earned runs allowed (35). His 8.01 ERA (35 ER/39.1 IP) is the highest qualifying ERA in the league this season.

Intimidators top hitters: Second baseman Christian Stringer leads Kannapolis with a .277 average (46-166) in 44 games, which ranks 30th in the SAL. Shortstop Eddy Alvarez is batting .274 (45-164), tied for 31st-best in the league while outfielder Louie Lechich is batting .273 (44-161), tied for 33rd-best in the Sally League.

Broadcast Information: This year, all 140 games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via the TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his fifth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.”

Starting lineups 5/28/15: Intimidators at Suns

Kannapolis Intimidators (21-25)

#1 Eddy Alvarez SS
#8 Christian Stringer DH
#21 Louie Lechnich RF
#14 Nick Basto LF
#20 Brett Austin C
#11 Ryan Leonards 3B
#18 Ethan Gross 2B
#5 John Ziznewski 1B
#37 James Baldwin CF

#33 Yelmison Peralta RHP (1-4, 9.45 ERA, 9th start)

Hagerstown Suns (24-22)

#40 Alec Keller RF
#10 Osvaldo Abreu 2B
#29 Raudy Read C
#13 Jeff Gardner LF
#20 Dale Carey CF
#12 Grant DeBruin DH
#7 David Masters SS
#23 Austin Davidson 3B
#11 Carlos Lopez 1B

#37 Matt Purke (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1st start)

Game notes 5/28/15: Intimidators at Hagerstown Suns

Kannapolis Intimidators (21-25) at Hagerstown Suns (24-22)
Thursday, May 28, 2015 – 7:05 p.m.
Municipal Stadium – Hagerstown, Md.
Game #47 of 140
RHP Yelmison Peralta (1-4, 9.45) vs. LHP Matt Purke (0-0, 0.00)

hag2Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) make their only trip of the first half to division foe Hagerstown (A, Nationals) to face the Suns for four games. Kannapolis is coming off a successful home stand, winning five of eight games including a pair of series wins against Hickory and Lexington, while the Suns are coming off a series win at Greensboro. Hagerstown has won 10 of its last 14 games since the second game of a May 14 doubleheader, including a five-game winning streak from May 17-21. The Intimidators send Yelmison Peralta to the mound for his ninth start of the season while lefty Matt Purke returns to the mound in Hagerstown as he makes his comeback from Tommy John surgery.

Intimidating Starter: Yelmison Peralta, 20, makes his team-leading ninth start of the season and first against a Nationals affiliate domestically.  The right-hander is tied for the SAL lead with 25 walks and leads the circuit in runs (39) and earned runs (35) allowed. He is coming off a rough loss on May 23 against Hickory, giving up nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits with five strikeouts, two walks, and six wild pitches over 4.2 innings. Peralta’s ERA lingers around 9.00 in most splits, including away games in which he is 1-2 with a 9.74 ERA in five starts. In May, he is 1-1 with a 9.53 ERA in four starts. The native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, combined to go 4­3 with a 3.57 ERA (18 ER/45.1 IP) and 33 strikeouts in 15 games (three starts) between the Arizona Rookie League White Sox and Advanced Rookie Great Falls in 2014. He made his domestic debut in 2013 with Advanced Rookie Bristol, where he went 0-3 with a 7.88 ERA in 10 games. The White Sox signed him as a free agent on May 24, 2012.

Suns Starter: Matt Purke, 24, makes his season debut on the road to recovery from 2014 Tommy John surgery. He last pitched May 18, 2014, for Harrisburg (AA, Nationals), going 1-6 with a 8.04 ERA (28 ER/31.1 IP) and 22 strikeouts with 18 walks in eight games (eight starts). The Nationals released Purke, their third round pick from 2011, in November 2014 and re-signed him to a minor league deal this March. Purke made his professional debut in 2012 with Hagerstown, appearing in three games – including two starts against Kannapolis. He opened 2013 with the Suns, going 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six starts before earning a promotion to High-A Potomac, where he went 5-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 12 starts. Purke, a former 2009 first round pick (14th overall) by Texas, played college ball at TCU. In his three career starts against the Intimidators, he is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA (5 ER/15.0 IP) and 21 strikeouts compared to nine walks in three games (three starts).

About Last Night: Lexington scored two runs in the top of the ninth to come from behind to beat the Intimidators, 4-3, on Wednesday night in Kannapolis. The Legends scored three runs off the Kannapolis bullpen after starter Spencer Adams kept them at bay for a career-long 7.0 innings of work. Legends DH Kyle Pollock hit a two-run double to the right-center field gap off reliever Jefferson Olacio in the ninth to catapult Lexington ahead. Matt Strahm spun 3.0 scintillating innings of relief for Lexington, striking out nine of the 10 batters he faced, to earn the win. Olacio took the loss, and Evan Beal kept the I’s off the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth for the save (2).

Attaboy Adams: Spencer Adams spun a new career-high 7.0 innings in Wednesday’s start, besting the 6.0 innings of work he put together on May 6 at West Virginia. Adams kept the Legends off the board over his first five innings of work and finished with four strikeouts and two walks – the first multi-walk game of his young career. He gave up just one run on three hits for his second quality start of the season. The White Sox selected Adams in the second round of the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Ragin’ Cajun Rolling: Ryan Leonards has hit safely in five straight agmes since May 22, batting .333 (6-18) with three RBI. The former University of Louisiana-Lafayette infielder has reached base in eight straight games since May 20 – matching his longest on-base streak of the season. Leonards hit safely in eight straight games from May 8-18, batting .300 (9-30) along the way.

Triple Double: Kannapolis turned three double plays on Wednesday equaling the most by the I’s in a game in 2015 (May 14 vs. Lakewood). The Intimidators turned twin-killings in the second, third, and fourth innings against the Legends. The last time Kannapolis collected four double plays in a game came April 30, 2014, in the second game of a doubleheader at home against West Virginia.

All About Almonte: Yency Almonte worked a career-long 7.0 innings on Tuesday, limiting Lexington to a run on seven hits with a career-high-tying six strikeouts. Almonte has allowed just one run in his last 20.0 innings of work dating back to May 15 when he spun six scoreless frames against Lakewood. The right-hander has now won three straight starts.

Strikeout Victims: Lexington reliever Matt Strahm struck out nine of the 10 batters he faced over the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings on Wednesday in Kannapolis, including eight straight to end his night. The left-hander set a new career-high in strikeouts while also recording the most Ks by an individual against the Intimidators this season (West Virginia starting pitcher Austin Coley struck out eight on May 6). Kannapolis struck out 13 times on Wednesday, the most since fanning 15 times May 14 against Lakewood.

No Fun by One Run: Kannapolis dropped a one-run game on Wednesday for just the sixth time this season. The Intimidators are now 10-6 (.625) in games decided by a run, the third-best winning percentage in the South Atlantic League in such games in 2015 – Charleston is 12-4 (.750) and Hickory is 10-4 (.714).

Broadcast Information: This year, all 140 games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via the TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his fifth season as the “Voice of the Intimidators.”

Game Notes 5/27/15: The Intimidators play for a sweep of Lexington

Kannapolis Intimidators (21-24) vs. Lexington Legends (19-26)
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – 7:05 p.m.
CMC-NorthEast Stadium – Kannapolis, N.C.
Game #46 of 140
RHP Spencer Adams (1-3, 4.60) vs. RHP Torey Deshazier (3-3, 3.79)

Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) play for a series sweep for the first time this season when they play the third game of this 3-game series against the Legends (A, Royals) on Wednesday at CMC-NorthEast Stadium. Kannapolis is coming off back-to-back wins and has now won five of its last seven games. The Intimidators have won five of six games against the Legends this season, including three of four earlier this month at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. Kannapolis now leads the all-time series over Lexington, 85-84.

Intimidating Starter: Spencer Adams, 20, makes his eighth start of the year and first against a Royals affiliate. The second round pick (44th overall) from the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft, Adams is coming off his first win of 2015 by tossing 5.0 scoreless innings to spearhead a shutout win against the Crawdads on May 21 in the first game of a doubleheader. After a rough April in which he went 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA in four games, Adams is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts in May. He has walked just four batters in 29.1 innings this season. He made his professional debut in 2014 with the AZL White Sox, going 3-3 with a 3.67 ERA (17 ER/41.2 IP) in 10 games (nine starts). He struck out 59 batters while walking just four in the Arizona League, including a career-high nine strikeouts in three different starts. Adams has never walked multiple batters in a game in his career. The Cleveland, Ga., native graduated from White County High School.

Legendary Starter: Torey Deshazier, 21, makes his fifth start and ninth appearance of the year when he faces Kannapolis for the first time. While the right-hander is a respectable 3-3 with a 3.79 ERA on the year, he is even better as a starter, going 2-1 with a 2.86 ERA (7 ER/22 IP) in four starts compared to 1-2 with a 5.27 ERA (8 ER/13.2 IP) in four games out of the bullpen. Deshazier is slated to make his second straight start after alternating between starting and relieving over his first eight appearances on the season. In his last outing, the Pine Bluff, Ark., native matched his career-high with 6.0 innings of work at home against Hagerstown, giving up three runs on six hits in a loss. It was his fifth six-inning outing of his career and second this season. Kansas City signed him out of Arkansas Baptist J.C., and he made his professional debut in 2012 with the AZL Royals. Following a 2013 season with Advanced Rookie Burlington – where he went 2-1 with a 4.35 ERA in 11 games (three starts) in the APPY, he spent 2014 with Advanced Rookie Idaho Falls, going 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 13 games (six starts) for the Chukars in the Pioneer League. In one game last year against Great Falls (Advanced Rookie, White Sox), Deshazier spun 4.1 innings, giving up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

About Last Night: Kannapolis kept Lexington off the board over the game’s final eight innings on its way to a 4-1 series-clinching win on Tuesday. Yency Almonte spun a career-long 7.0 innings, giving up one run on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks to earn the win. Nik Stephenson took the loss for the Legends despite a quality start – working 6.0 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks. The Intimidators overcame an early 1-0 deficit with two runs in the home half of the first. After three straight hits to open the frame, Eddy Alvarez scored when Nick Basto hit into a double play, and Christian Stringer came home on a Lexington error for a 2-1 lead. Zach Fish added an RBI-single in the seventh, and Louie Lechich scored on a wild pitch in the eighth.

All About Almonte: Yency Almonte worked a career-long 7.0 innings on Tuesday, limiting Lexington to a run on seven hits with a career-high-tying six strikeouts. Almonte has allowed just one run in his last 20.0 innings of work dating back to May 15 when he spun six scoreless frames against Lakewood. The right-hander has now won three straight starts.

Olympian On Base: Eddy Alvarez, a 2014 Winter Olympian for the United States, went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored on Tuesday. He ranks second in the SAL with 31 walks, is tied for third with 29 runs scored, and ranks tied for fourth in the league with a .404 on-base percentage. Alvarez won a silver medal in the 5000-meter short-track speed-skating relay in Sochi, Russia.

Legendary Against Lexington: Eddy Alvarez is enjoying tremendous success against the Legends in his career. In eight games against Lexington – two last season and six in 2015, the Intimidators infielder is batting .407 (11-27) with a double, a triple, a home run, 10 RBI, 11 walks, and 10 runs scored, and five stolen bases and a .564 on-base percentage.

Playing The Hits: Kannapolis is batting .254 on the season, fifth-best in the South Atlantic League and four points better than the league average of .250. The Intimidators continue to rank 14th on the circuit with a 4.45 ERA.

Stringing Together: Second baseman Christian Stringer has reached base safely in 11 straight games, one shy of his season and career-high. The former Rice Owl has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .333 (14-42) with two doubles and three RBI since May 16. Stringer hit safely in a career-best nine straight games from May 16-23.

Broadcast Information: This season, all 140 games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via the TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his fifth season with the team.

Game Notes 5/26/15: Intimidators vs. Legends

Kannapolis Intimidators (20-24) vs. Lexington Legends (19-25)
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – 7:05 p.m.
CMC-NorthEast Stadium – Kannapolis, N.C.
Game #45 of 140
RHP Spencer Adams (1-3, 4.60) vs. RHP Nik Stephenson (1-2, 2.89)

Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) can clinch a series win with a victory on Tuesday against the Legends (A, Royals) at CMC-NorthEast Stadium. Kannapolis is coming off a 6-5 walk-off win on Monday in which the I’s struck out a season-high-tying 12 batters. Kannapolis has won four of its last six games while the Legends have no dropped five of their last seven. The Intimidators lead the season-series against Lexington, 4-1, including winning three of four at Whitaker Bank Ballpark earlier this month. The all-time series between the two squads (dating back to 2001) is tied, 84-84.

Intimidating Starter: Spencer Adams, 20, makes his eighth start of the year and first against a Royals affiliate. The second round pick (44th overall) from the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft, Adams is coming off his first win of 2015 by tossing 5.0 scoreless innings to spearhead a shutout win against the Crawdads on May 21 in the first game of a doubleheader. After a rough April in which he went 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA in four games, Adams is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts in May. He has walked just four batters in 29.1 innings this season. He made his professional debut in 2014 with the AZL White Sox, going 3-3 with a 3.67 ERA (17 ER/41.2 IP) in 10 games (nine starts). He struck out 59 batters while walking just four in the Arizona League, including a career-high nine strikeouts in three different starts. Adams has never walked multiple batters in a game in his career. The Cleveland, Ga., native graduated from White County High School.

Legendary Starter: Nik Stephenson, 21, makes his fifth start and ninth appearance of the season when he faces Kannapolis for the second time in 2015. He has traded piggyback starts with Emilio Ogando and Torey Deshazier so far this season, going 0-1 with a 2.95 ERA (7 ER/21.1 IP) and 16 strikeouts in four starts as a starter compared to 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA (5 ER/16.0 IP) in four relief appearances. He is coming off a scoreless outing on May 21 against Hagerstown, spinning 3.0 scoreless innings. The undrafted right-handed pitcher signed with Kansas City before the 2012 season and made his professional debut with the AZL Royals that year. After a late promotion to Lexington from Advanced Rookie Burlington in 2014, he went 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA in two games (two starts).

About Last Night: Kannapolis edged Lexington, 6-5, on Ryan Leonards’ walk-off base hit in the home half of the ninth inning on Monday, the Intimidators’ first walk-off win of the season. Leonards finished the game 2-for-5 with two RBI while Ethan Gross paced the Intimidators at the plate by going 3-for-4. Matt Cooper (1-0) earned the win for Kannapolis, spinning 2.0 innings and allowing a run on one hit – a game-tying home run by Lexington’s Chase Vallot with two outs in the top of the ninth to even the score at 5-5.   Kannapolis broke a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning on Leonards’ first RBI-single of the night.

Won By One: The Intimidators improved to 10-5 (.667) in one-run games with Monday’s walk-off win over the Legends. Kannapolis is the third-best team in the SAL in one-run games, just behind the 12-3 Charleston RiverDogs (.800) and the 10-4 Hickory Crawdads (.714). Conversely, the I’s rank second-to-last in the 14-team league in two-run games, going 2-6 (.250) in contests decided by a pair of runs.

Olympian On Base: Eddy Alvarez, a 2014 Winter Olympian for the United States, is tied for the SAL lead with 30 walks and ranks sixth in the league with a .402 on-base percentage. Alvarez won a silver medal in the 5000-meter short-track speed-skating relay in Sochi, Russia.

Playing The Hits: Kannapolis is batting .254 on the season, fifth-best in the South Atlantic League and four points better than the league average of .250. The Intimidators are third in the SAL with 78 doubles.

Cheaper By The Dozen: Kannapolis pitchers struck out 12 batters against Lexington on Monday, including a career-high seven by starter Thad Lowry. Connor Walsh chipped in two strikeouts, and Matt Cooper added three. The Intimidators matched their season-high with 12 strikeouts, now reached four times in 2015, most recently on May 11 at Lexington.

Walk-Off Winners: Kannapolis scored a walk-off win on Monday over Lexington, 6-5 – the team’s first walk-off victory of the season. The Intimidators last won in walk-off fashion on Aug. 4, 2014, with a 5-4 win over Hickory in 10 innings when Jacob Morris scored on a wild pitch with two outs.

Lowry Looms Large: Thad Lowry struck out a career-high seven batters over 5.0 innings on Monday, surpassing his old career-high of six – reached four times in his career, most recently on May 1 against Rome. The White Sox selected Lowry in the fifth round of the June 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Legend Leading the League: Ryan O’Hearn homered in the top of the first for Lexington, his league-leading 12th home run of 2015 and his third against Kannapolis. The Legends’ first baseman also had a two-home run game against the Intimidators on May 9 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Basto Is Back: The Intimidators activated infielder Nick Basto off the disabled list today, bringing the team’s roster to 25. Basto opened the season with High-A Winston-Salem where he hit .146 (19-130) with a home run and nine RBI in 36 games.

Broadcast Information: This season, all 140 games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via the TuneIn Radio App with the Josh Feldman, in his fifth season with the team.

Memorial Day Game Notes 5/25/15: Intimidators vs. Legends

Kannapolis Intimidators (19-24) vs. Lexington Legends (19-24)
Monday, May 25, 2015 – 6:05 p.m.
CMC-NorthEast Stadium – Kannapolis, N.C.
Game #44 of 140
RHP Thad Lowry (4-2, 4.25) vs. LHP Foster Griffin (0-0, 4.85)

K-logo stars and stripes2Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) open a three-game series against the Legends (A, Royals) to wrap up the home portion of the May schedule. Kannapolis, despite dropping its last two games, is coming off a series win against the Hickory Crawdads – taking three of five – while the Legends have dropped four of their last six games, including a series split at home against Hagerstown. Kannapolis leads the season-series against Lexington after winning three of four at Whitaker Bank Ballpark earlier this month, including a dramatic 8-run rally all with two outs in the ninth inning in a 13-8 victory on May 9. Lexington holds an edge in the all-time series, 84-83. This is the final series of the regular season between the Intimidators and the Legends.

Intimidating Starter: Thad Lowry, 20, makes his eighth start of the season and first ever start against the Legends. He is coming off the roughest outing of his career, giving up eight runs on nine hits – both equaling his career-highs – over 4.0 innings in a loss at Asheville on May 20. The start is the first of the year in which Lowry did not work at least 6.0 complete innings. He is two starts removed from his career-long 8.1 innings of work in a no decision May 14 against Lakewood. Lowry opened the season 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts in May but has gone 1-2 with a 5.55 ERA in four starts in May. He last faced a Royals affiliate in his final start of his professional debut season on Aug. 27, 2013, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings against Advanced Rookie Burlington while with Bristol. The Texan went 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA (46 ER/87.0 IP) in 17 starts with Kannapolis last season. He made his professional debut in 2013 with Bristol, going 3-5 with a 5.48 ERA (27 ER/44.1 IP) in 15 games (seven starts).

Legendary Arm: Foster Griffin, 19, makes his fourth start of the year and second against Kannapolis. He has not taken a decision in each of his first three start of 2015, including his season debut on May 9 against the Intimidators. That night, Griffin allowed four runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts in a season-high 5.0 innings of work. The Royals selected the 6’3”, 200-pound left-hander in the first round (28th overall) out of The First Academy in Orlando, Fla. Griffin made his professional debut with Advanced Rookie Burlington in the Appalachian League, going 0-2 with a 3.21 ERA (10 ER/28 IP) with 19 strikeouts and 12 walks over 11 games (11 starts).

Sunday Not-So-Funday: Hickory scored five runs in the fourth inning to pull away from Kannapolis in an 8-4 win for the Crawdads in Sunday’s series finale. The ‘Dads collected 10 hits, including a pair by Josh Morgan, Jose Trevino, and Marcus Greene Jr. Luis Martinez (1-4) took the loss for Kannapolis, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits over just 3.2 innings. Hickory’s Nick Gardewine (3-3) earned the win, opening with four scoreless frames before giving up three runs in the fifth. He finished with 5.0 innings of work, allowing three runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Roster Moves: Kannapolis has promoted infielder Toby Thomas to High-A Winston-Salem. He hit .236 (26-110) with a home run and 11 RBI in 29 games for the Intimidators. He played 13 games at third base, 10 at first base, two at shortstop and one at second game. In a corresponding move, Kannapolis has received third baseman John Ziznewski from Extended Spring Training. The White Sox eighth round pick from the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft, Ziznewski was named the 2014 Northeast Conference Player of the Year at Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Guerrero to DL: Jordan Guerrero has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 23. The left-handed pitcher is 6-0 and leads the South Atlantic League in ERA (1.24), strikeouts (56), innings pitched (51.0), WHIP (0.84), and average (.188). He is tied for the league lead in wins and winning percentage (1.000). Guerrero is the only two-time SAL Pitcher of the Week this season, winning the award for the weeks of April 9-19 and May 11-17. He has not allowed a run in his last 20.0 innings on the mound.

Olympian On Base: Eddy Alvarez, a 2014 Winter Olympian for the United States, is tied for the SAL lead with 29 walks and ranks fourth in the league with a .405 on-base percentage. He enjoyed a strong series when Kannapolis last faced Lexington, batting .429 (6-14) with a double, a triple, a home run, seven RBI, seven runs scored, eight walks and four stolen bases in four games. Alvarez won a silver medal in the 5000-meter short-track speed-skating relay in Sochi, Russia.

Playing The Hits: Kannapolis is batting .252 on the season, sixth-best in the South Atlantic League and just behind Lexington, which is hitting at a .253 clip. The Intimidators are two points better than the league average of .250. Kannapolis ranks fifth in the league with a .326 team on-base percentage.

Stringer Stringing Together: Second baseman Christian Stringer went 0-4 on Sunday, ending his hitting streak at nine games, which tied the longest streak of his career. He hit .323 (10-31) during that 9-game stretch from May 16-23, the longest hitting streak by an Intimidator this season. The former Rice Owl set a career-long hitting streak during his professional debut in 2013 with Advanced Rookie Great Falls, finishing his season by hitting in nine straight games, batting .406 (13-32) from Aug. 29 to Sept. 7. The last Intimidators player with a 10-game hitting streak was Adam Engel, who hit safely in 10 games from July 27-Aug. 5, 2014.

Cookin’ the Crawdads: With Friday’s win, Kannapolis clinched a series win over Hickory by taking the first three games of this five-game set. It’s the first series win over the Crawdads since April 15-16, 2014, when Kannapolis took two of three games. The Intimidators have played seven series since against Hickory, losing or splitting all of them. Kannapolis last beat Hickory in a series of at least four games when the I’s took three of four at L.P. Frans Stadium Aug. 10-13, 2011.

Game Notes 5/24/15: Intimidators wrap up series against Crawdads

Kannapolis Intimidators (19-23) vs. Hickory Crawdads (28-14)
Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 2:05 p.m.
CMC-NorthEast Stadium – Kannapolis, N.C.
Game #43 of 140
RHP Luis Martinez (1-3, 5.26) vs. RHP Nick Gardewine (2-3, 2.63)

Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) wrap up this 5-game series against the Crawdads (A, Rangers) by sending Luis Martinez to the mound for his seventh start of the year against Hickory’s Nick Gardewine. Hickory snapped the Intimidators’ three-game winning streak with Saturday’s 10-5 win at CMC-NorthEast Stadium. Kannapolis sits 9.0 games back of the first place Crawdads in the South Atlantic League Northern Division. The Intimidators lead this series 3-games-to-1, but Hickory hold an edge in the season-series, 6-5. Kannapolis and Hickory won’t meet against until August.

Intimidating Starter: Luis Martinez, 20, makes his seventh start of the season and second against the Crawdads. He is coming off a loss at Asheville on May 19, giving up six runs on four hits with four walks and a strikeout in 3.0 frames. The lanky right-hander has allowed 10 runs in his last 5.1 innings in a pair of road starts. Martinez is 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA (3 ER/11.1 IP) in two home starts compared to 0-2 with a 7.53 ERA (12 ER/14.1 IP) and 12 walks on the road. In his last home start, he worked a career-long 6.2 scoreless innings against Rome on May 2, striking out five and walking one. Martinez took a hard-luck loss to Hickory on April 26, allowing one run on two hits over 5.0 innings. In 2014, Martinez went 5-3 with a 2.93 ERA (19 ER/58.1 IP) with 62 strikeouts in 12 games (11 starts). He began 2014 with the AZL White Sox, making seven appearances before earning a promotion to Advanced Rookie Great Falls. In one of his final starts in the AZL, Martinez struck out a career-high eight batters over 6.0 scoreless innings while allowing one hit on July 23, 2014.

Hickory Hurler: Nick Gardewine, 21, makes his fourth start of the season and ninth appearance when he faces Kannapolis for the third time this year. The right-hander opened 2015 in the bullpen, posting a trio of scoreless outings before Kannapolis tagged him for four runs over 2.0 innings for his first loss of the year. Gardewine is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (4 ER/4 IP) and five strikeouts and two walks. In his three starts, he is 0-2 with a 2.57 (4 ER/14 IP) and 14 strikeouts compared to 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA (4 ER/13.1 IP) and one save in two chances in five relief appearances. Texas selected Gardewine with its seventh round selection in the June 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Last season with Short-Season Spokane, he went 6-3 with a 4.54 ERA in 15 games (15 starts).

About Last Night: Hickory tagged Kannapolis starter Yelmison Peralta for nine runs (seven earned) en route to a 10-5 Crawdads win on Saturday at CMC-NorthEast Stadium. Eight of nine Hickory batters hit safely including Eduard Pinto, who paced the ‘Dads by going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and a triple. Collin Wiles (5-1) tossed 6.0 innings and gave up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts to earn the win. The Intimidators committed four errors on the night.

Playing The Hits: Kannapolis is batting .254 on the season, fourth-best in the South Atlantic League and just ahead of Hickory, which is hitting at a .253 clip. The Intimidators are four points better than the league average of .250 and trailing Greenville (.271), West Virginia (.258), and Hagerstown (.258).

Peralta Points: In Saturday’s start, Yelmison Peralta gave up nine runs over 4.2 innings, the most runs allowed by an Intimidators pitcher this season, surpassing the eight surrendered by Thad Lowry on May 20 at Asheville. Peralta also let fly six wild pitches, the most by an Intimidators arm in 2015. He leads the South Atlantic League in walks (25), runs allowed (39), and earned runs allowed (35).

Guerrero’s Greatness: After Hickory’s Collin Wiles and Hagerstown’s Phillips Valdez each gave up runs in their Saturday starts, Intimidators starting pitcher Jordan Guerrero now leads the South Atlantic League with a 1.24 ERA. The left-hander also leads the Sally League in strikeouts (56), innings pitched (51.0), and WHIP (0.84), is tied for the league-lead in winning percentage (1.000), and he ranks second in average (.188). He has spun 20.0 consecutive innings of scoreless ball after adding five shutout frames against Hickory on Friday. This season, Guerrero is the only two-time SAL Pitcher of the Week.

Ends of the ERA Spectrum: Hickory has a league-best 2.70 ERA, the only team with an ERA under 3.00 in the South Atlantic League. Kannapolis has a 4.51 ERA, highest in the league.

Stringer Stringing Together: Second baseman Christian Stringer went 1-4 on Saturday, extending his current hitting streak to a season-high nine games, a new career-long-tying streak. He is batting .323 (10-31) during that stretch. The 9-game hitting streak is the longest by an Intimidator this season and tied for the 16th-longest in the SAL this season. The former Rice Owl set a career-long hitting streak during his professional debut in 2013 with Advanced Rookie Great Falls, finishing his season by hitting in nine straight games, batting .406 (13-32) from Aug. 29 to Sept. 7.

Cookin’ the Crawdads: With Friday’s win, Kannapolis clinched a series win over Hickory by taking the first three games of this five-game set. It’s the first series win over the Crawdads since April 15-16, 2014, when Kannapolis took two of three games. The Intimidators have played seven series since against Hickory, losing or splitting all of them. Kannapolis last beat Hickory in a series of at least four games when the I’s took three of four at L.P. Frans Stadium Aug. 10-13, 2011.

Game Notes 5/23/15: Kannapolis vs. Hickory: Cookin’ Crawdads, Guerrero’s greatness, and 3 for Dale…

Kannapolis Intimidators (19-22) vs. Hickory Crawdads (27-14)
Saturday, May 23, 2015 – 7:05 p.m.
CMC-NorthEast Stadium – Kannapolis, N.C.
Game #42 of 140
RHP Yelmison Peralta (1-3, 8.79) vs. RHP Collin Wiles (4-1, 1.08)

Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) look to extended their season-long winning streak when facing the Crawdads (A, Rangers) on Saturday at CMC-NorthEast Stadium. Kannapolis has won its last three games, opening this 5-game series against Hickory with a trio of close wins by a combined five runs. Yelmison Peralta returns to the mound to face second-year Crawdad Collin Wiles in today’s pitching match-up. Kannapolis has evened the season-series against Hickory, 5-5, and has won four of its last five games against the ‘Dads. Hickory, which remains in first place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division with a 4.0 game lead over second-place West Virginia, has dropped four straight.

Intimidating Starter: Yelmison Peralta, 20, makes his eighth start of the season and third against the Crawdads.  The right-hander is tied for the SAL lead with 23 walks, issuing five free passes in each of his last two starts. He is coming off a no-decision at Asheville on May 18 in which he allowed a season-high seven runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings. This season against Hickory, Peralta is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA (9 ER/9 IP) and five strikeouts with six walks with the ‘Dads hitting .297 (11-37) against him. Peralta is just two starts removed from his lone win of 2015, tossing 5.0 innings at Lexington on May 12. He also leads the league in earned runs allowed (28) and is tied for the league lead in runs allowed (30). The native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, combined to go 4­3 with a 3.57 ERA (18 ER/45.1 IP) and 33 strikeouts in 15 games (three starts) between the Arizona Rookie League White Sox and Advanced Rookie Great Falls in 2014. He made his domestic debut in 2013 with Advanced Rookie Bristol, where he went 0-3 with a 7.88 ERA in 10 games. The White Sox signed him as a free agent on May 24, 2012.

Hickory Hurler: Collin Wiles, who turns 21 a week from today, makes his seventh start of the season and sixth career appearance against Kannapolis. The Overland Park, Kan., native leads the SAL with a 1.08 ERA (4 ER/33.1 IP), eighth-best in the Minors. He has not allowed a run in four of his six starts, including 5.0 innings of work against Kannapolis to earn a win on April 26. In five career games (three starts) against the Intimidators, he is 1-2 with a 5.68 (8 ER/12.2 IP) and 11 strikeouts. Kannapolis is batting .288 (15-52) against him. The Rangers selected Wiles in the sandwich round (53rd overall) in the June 2012 First-Year Player Draft. After making his professional debut in 2012, the Rangers farmhand spent 2013 with Short-A Spokane, going 2-7 with a 3.09 ERA in 14 games (14 starts). Last season with Hickory, he went 2-3 with a 4.06 ERA in 17 games (eight starts).

About Last Night: Jordan Guerrero kept Hickory off the scoreboard over 5.0 innings to earn his sixth win of the season as Kannapolis edged the Crawdads, 4-3, on Friday. The Intimidators hung three runs on the board in the fifth when Louie Lechich singled to score Eddy Alvarez and Christian Stringer, and Mason Robbins later cashed Lechich on a base hit. Tanner Banks worked the final two outs for the save.

Shutout Streak Snapped: Intimidators pitchers posted a 24-consecutive scoreless innings streak that came to an end when Hickory’s Luke Tendler was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in Friday’s eighth inning. The streak spanned the final three innings of work on May 20 in Asheville and included a pair of games in Thursday’s doubleheader, in which Kannapolis shut out Hickory in two 7-inning games. The Intimidators posted consecutive shut outs for the first time since July 15 and 17, 2013, when Kannapolis closed a series against Greensboro and opened a series at Delmarva with back-to-back shut outs.

Cookin’ the Crawdads: With Friday’s win, Kannapolis has already clinched a series win over Hickory, taking the first three games of this five-game set. It’s the first series win over the Crawdads since April 15-16, 2014, when Kannapolis took two of three games. The Intimidators have played seven series since against Hickory, losing or splitting all of them. Kannapolis last beat Hickory in a series of at least four games when the I’s took three of four at L.P. Frans Stadium Aug. 10-13, 2011.

Guerrero’s Greatness: Intimidators starting pitcher Jordan Guerrero has spun 20.0 consecutive innings of scoreless ball after adding five shutout frames against Hickory on Friday. He leads the SAL in innings pitched (51.0), strikeouts (56), and WHIP (0.84), ranks tied for first in wins (6) and winning percentage (1.000), is second in average (.188), and ranks third in ERA (1.24) – tops among lefties.

Three for Dale: The Intimidators won a third straight game on Friday, the team’s first 3-game winning streak since Aug. 11-13, 2014, when Kannapolis swept a 3-game series against Lexington.

Eddy On Base: Intimidators shortstop Eddy Alvarez is tied for the SAL lead with 28 walks this season.

Ends of the ERA Spectrum: Hickory has a league-best 2.64 ERA, the only team with an ERA under 3.00 in the South Atlantic League. Kannapolis has a 4.42 ERA, highest in the league.

Stringer Stringing Together: Second baseman Christian Stringer went 2-3 with a pair of runs scored and a career-high two stolen bases on Friday, extending his current hitting streak to a season-high seven games. He is batting .348 (8-23) during that stretch. It’s the longest hitting streak for Stringer since his eight-game streak from Aug. 10-17, 2014, when he hit .314 (11-35). The former Rice Owl set a career-long hitting streak during his professional debut in 2013 with Advanced Rookie Great Falls, finishing his season by hitting in nine straight games, batting .406 (13-32) from Aug. 29 to Sept. 7.

Game notes 5/22/15: Intimidators vs. Crawdads

Kannapolis Intimidators (18-22) vs. Hickory Crawdads (27-13)
Friday, May 22, 2015 – 7:05 p.m.
CMC-NorthEast Stadium – Kannapolis, N.C.
Game #41 of 140
LHP Jordan Guerrero (5-0, 1.37) vs. LHP Brett Martin (3-0, 2.01)

Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) can clinch a series win by taking Game 3 of this 5-game set following Thursday’s doubleheader sweep of the Crawdads (A, Rangers). Today in a battle of left-handers, Jordan Guerrero makes his team-leading eighth start of the season as he puts his perfect record on the line against Hickory’s Brett Martin, who is also unbeaten this season. Kannapolis took both games of Thursday’s twin bill by a score of 2-0 to pull within one game of Hickory in the season-series, which the Crawdads lead 5-4.

Intimidating Starter: Jordan Guerrero, 20, makes his team-leading eighth start of the season and first this year against Hickory. The left-hander is coming off South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week honors for May 11-17 after spinning a pair of scoreless starts at Lexington and against Lakewood. Guerrero has not allowed a run since May 4, spanning 15.0 straight innings, the longest individual streak by an Intimidators arm this season. He currently leads the SAL in strikeouts (50), is tied for the league-lead in winning percentage (1.000), ranks tied for second in wins (5), ranks third in ERA (1.37) and innings pitched (46.0), and fourth in average (.201). He is the league’s only two-time Pitcher of the Week so far this season. He spent last season with Class A Kannapolis, going 6-2 with a 3.46 ERA (30 ER/78.0 IP) in 27 games (nine starts). He led the team in wins while returning from an injury-plagued 2013 in which he appeared in just five games for Advanced Rookie Bristol, going 0-3 with a 4.26 ERA in five starts. The White Sox drafted him in the 15th round of the June 2012 draft.

Hickory Hurler: Brett Martin, 20, makes his seventh start of the season and second against Kannapolis. He took no decision against the Intimidators despite tossing 5.0 scoreless frames on April 25 at L.P. Frans Stadium. He is coming off 7.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball against Augusta, picking up a win on May 16. The Rangers selected Martin in the fourth round of the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Walters State CC (Tenn.), and he made his professional debut with the AZL Rangers, going 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA (21 ER/35 IP) with 39 strikeouts and 12 walks in 15 games (six starts).

About Last Night: Kannapolis swept a doubleheader, beating Hickory 2-0 in both Game 1 and Game 2 to open the series with a pair of wins. The Intimidator snapped a 3-game losing skid in the process. Eddy Alvarez went 3-for-3 in the first game, scoring both runs for Kannapolis. Mike Danner went 3-for-4 over the two games in his season debut. Spencer Adams tossed 5.0 innings in the first game to earn the win, and Matt Cooper closed with a pair of scoreless frames for the save. Yency Almonte spun 6.0 strong innings in the second game, and Jefferson Olacio kep the Crawdads off the board for the final inning to earn a save in his return to Kannapolis.

Blanking ‘Em Back-to-Back: The Intimidators posted consecutive shut outs for the first time since July 15 and 17, 2013, when Kannapolis closed a series against Greensboro and opened a series at Delmarva with back-to-back shut outs. During that span, the Intimidators strung together 26 straight scoreless innings. Kannapolis is currently on a season-high 17-inning scoreless streak, dating back to Wednesday’s series finale in Asheville when the Intimidators kept the Tourists off the board over the final three frames. The team’s previous long scoreless streak was 11 innings, from May 10-11.

Twin-Bill Turn-About: The Crawdads swept Kannapolis in a doubleheader earlier this season, spoiling the Intimidators’ home opening series with two wins on April 17. The I’s got even on Thursday, sweeping a doubleheader for the first time since July 27, 2014, when Kannapolis took a pair of games against Lakewood at FirstEnergy Park.

Out of the Basement: Kannapolis moved out of last place for the first time since May 4 by sweeping Thursday’s doubleheader. The Intimidators gained two games in the standings by beating the first-place Crawdads, leapfrogging Greenbsoro (17-22) in the process.

Broadcast Information: This season, all 140 games will be broadcast live on the Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Network at IntimidatorsBaseball.com and via the TuneIn Radio App with Josh Feldman and Nick Nollenberger.

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