The Intimidators pitching staff had trouble throwing strikes as they combined for 11 walks in a 9-2 loss against Lexington. Paulino Reynoso (2-4) got the start, going 3/2/3 innings giving up four runs on six hits and four walks. Todd Deininger wouldn’t do much better control wise, giving up another four walks in three innings, but he did limit Lexington to one hit. Andy Gonzalez (1-3) and Thomas Brice (1-3) each had an RBI. Anthony Webster had a hit and stole his 14th base.
Heath Phillips (1-0) made his first start of the season and it was a beauty. He limited Lexington to three hits over eight shutout innings, in a 7-0 victory. Phillips took a no hitter into the seventh. Joey Gillikin put the Intimidators on top for good with a solo homer in the second inning. Gustavo Molina would add some insurance with a 3 run double in the eighth inning. Anthony Webster went 2-4 with a double and rbi, while Andy Gonzalez and Thomas Brice also had an RBI.
Anthony Webster would give the Intimidators a 7-6 victory over Charleston, scoring the game winning run in the ninth inning off of an error. Starter Brian Miller walked five over five innings giving up four runs on four hits. Josh Rupe wouldn’t have much better control as he had four walks, a hit, and a run (unearned) in an 1/1/3. Rick Hummel (2-0) picked up the win, tossing 1/2/3 scoreless innings. Darren Cirraco led the offense going 3-4 while Anthony Webster (2-4 with 2 runs and a stolen base), Julio Reyes (2-4), and Andrew Salvo (2-4 with 2 RBI) each had two hits a-piece.
Saturday’s game against Charleston was rained out and would be made up as part of a doubleheader the next day.
Kannapolis won the first game of the doubleheader 6-5, thanks to a strong performance by starter BJ Lamura. Lamura won his fifth game of the season going 6/2/3 innings giving up eight hits and five runs (2 earned). Rick Hummel replaced him pitching 1/3 of an inning to pick up his eighth save (Minor League Doubleheaders are 7 INN each). Anthony Webster had a hit and two RBI. Thomas Brice, Darren Cirraco, and Pedro Lopez drove each had an RBI.
Charleston, led by three pitchers, would shutout the Intimidators, 2-0. Kannapolis wasted a good outing by Andrew Fryson who gave up two runs (one earned) in 4/1/3 innings. Todd Deininger finished the game with 2/2/3 scoreless innings. Offensively the Intimidators would only must two hits, both off of starter Ryan Houston. Cavin and Christians had Kannapolis’ only hits.
Starter Paulino Reynoso made up for his previous performance, in which he gave up five walks, by going six innings giving up just three hits and a run en route to a 4-3 victory. Unfortunately Reynoso would get the no decision as reliever Julio Castro (1-3) picked up the win. Castro went 2 innings giving up four hits and two runs. Josh Rupe picked up his fifth save, pitching a perfect ninth. For the second time this week catcher Gustavo Molina had the big game, going 1-3 with three RBI.
Notes: The Intimidators activated LHP Heath Phillips from extended spring training. Later in the week they would place first baseman Julio Reyes on the disabled list with a strained right quad. Andrew Larson was activated from the disabled list to fill Reyes’ roster spot.
The Intimidators will work on reaching the .500 mark this week against these opponents:
6/3 – vs. Charleston
6/4 - 6/6 @ Lexington
6/7 – 6/8 vs. Greensboro