Kannapolis would lose their sixth straight game of the season – thanks in part to the bullpen – which gave up four of the six runs scored in the seventh inning. The Intimidators were up 5-3 with starter Tim Bittner pitching well. Bittner got into a jam and Todd Deininger failed to get him out of it. Deininger walked 4 batters and gave up one hit, picking up the loss. Webster started off his week going 3-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Prospects Thomas Brice and Edgar Valera also had good games with two hits a piece.
Kannapolis would end their six game skid with a 6-1 victory over Hickory. Starter BJ Lamura picked up his fourth win of the season with yet another impressive outing. Lamura went seven innings giving up five hits and an unearned run while striking out four. Shortstop Andy Gonzalez had a good game in the two hole going 2-4 with two runs scored. Darren Ciraco (3-5), Julio Reyes, and Edgar Valera each had a pair of RBI.
Wednesday The Intimidators winning streak wouldn't last long as the pitching and offense disappeared in a 12-3 blowout loss against the Crawdads. Sean Tracey started and got the loss for Kannapolis giving up three runs in four innings of work. Tracey only gave up three hits; It was the six walks that did him in. Jonathan Cavin led Kannapolis with two hits. Edgar Valera, Pedro Lopez, and Darren Ciraco each had an RBI.
Thursday The series finale against the Crawdads was rained out. The game will not be made up.
Friday Paulino Reynoso and the Intimidators bullpen combined to give up just one run in a 2-1 victory over the Asheville Tourists. Reynoso went 5/2/3 innings giving up three hits and a run. Josh Rupe relieved Reynoso, picking up his second win of the season. He pitched 1/1/3 hitless innings, striking out three. Rick Hummel pitched two scoreless innings picking up his sixth save. Pedro Lopez and Edgar Valera drove in the Intimidators only runs. Anthony Webster scored one of the runs, going 1-4 while picking up his 10th stolen base.
Saturday The Intimidators offense continued to sputter, wasting a good start by Brian Miller in a 4-1 loss to Asheville. Miller (3-4) went six innings giving up seven hits and three runs. Todd Dennienger did an excellent job in relief of Miller, giving up a run in 2/2/3 innings while striking out five. Edgar Valera led the Intimidators attack with two hits and knocked in the lone run.
Sunday Asheville took the third game of the series with an 8-2 victory over Kannapolis. Bittner got knocked out of the game after 1/2/3 innings. He only gave up one run on two hits. Castro replaced him, picking up the loss, giving up a run in 2/1/3 innings of work. Sean Tracey replaced Bittner and let the game fall apart, giving up five runs in an inning of work. Anthony Webster (2-4), Julio Reyes (1-4), and Darren Ciraco (1-2) had the only hits on the evening. Ciraco had two RBI knocking in Anthony Webster twice.
Monday BJ Lamura lost his third game of the season despite another well pitched game. Lamura went six innings giving up just five hits and two runs (one earned). Outfielders Anthony Webster and Thomas Brice were about the only Intimidators to do anything offensively. Webster kept up his hot hitting going 3-4 with two doubles while Brice went 2-3 with an RBI.
Notes: Pitcher Andrew Fryson was taken off the disabled list this week. To make room for Fryson Kannapolis put Adam Larson on the DL with a sprained ankle. Fryson was 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA this season in nine games (2 starts). Larson was 0-0 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 games.
The Intimidators will have to forget about last week and look forward to this week. With that in mind here is their upcoming schedule
Tuesday - OFF
Wednesday - @ Lakewood
Thursday - @ Lakewood
Friday - @ Lakewood
Saturday - @ Greensboro
Sunday - Lexington
Monday – Lexington
The Week in Review: Kannapolis report comes out every Tuesday so check back next Tuesday for the latest comings and goings of the Intimidators.