KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 2, 2017) — Delmarva hit its way past Kannapolis to hand the Intimidators their sixth straight loss, 5-4, on Sunday evening at Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System. Kannapolis (4-7 Second Half, 43-36) allowed 12 hits, dodging early Delmarva scoring chances before giving up three runs in the sixth that proved to be too much to overcome.
With the game tied 2-2, Delmarva once again loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth. Yosmer Solorzano struck out Jake Ring, and Danny Dopico took the mound in relief, fanning Preston Palmeiro for the second out. Kannapolis nearly escaped the inning as Dopico put Collin Woody in a 2-2 count but uncorked a wild pitch to score Daniel Fajardo to give the Shorebirds a 3-2 lead. Following a walk to Woody, Chris Clare grounded a slow-rolling infield single up the middle, and shortstop Mitch Roman couldn’t make the bare-handed play, allowing two more runs to come home.
Solorzano (2-7) worked 5 and 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (one earned) on 10 hits while striking out six and walking one in a losing effort. Zach Muckenhirn (4-7) earned the win, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits over 6.0 innings, striking out seven and walking two. Steven Klimek tossed a scoreless ninth for the save (4).
In the top of the first, Delmarva’s Jake Ring and Preston Palmeiro hit back-to-back doubles for the game’s first run. Kannapolis evened the score in the second inning when Grant Massey doubled, moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on an ensuing errant throw from Fajardo.
Solorzano worked into a bases-loaded jam in the second inning but managed to retire the next three hitters, including two groundouts back to the mound, to get out of the inning unscathed.
The team’s traded runs in the fourth inning. Fajardo doubled and scored on a Solorzano error in the top of the frame. He finished the night 3-for-4 with two runs scored to pace the Shorebirds offense. Kannapolis responded with a Mitch Roman triple, and Micker Adolfo pushed him home on a sac-fly for a 2-2 score.
The six-game slide is the longest for Kannapolis this season and the longest since falling in eight straight games June 9-16, 2016. The Northern Division First Half Champions will play to salvage the series and avoid a sweep on Monday.
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