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Kannapolis loses again in Greensboro, 4-2

August 31, 2009 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Kannapolis Intimidators News Release

GREENSBORO, NC - Kannapolis saw their bats held in check by a trio of Greensboro pitchers on Monday afternoon at NewBridge Bank Park, falling to the Grasshoppers, 4-2.

The Intimidators managed just five hits and struck out 14 times in a series-ending loss to the Marlins affiliate. Brad Hand did the most of the work, keeping Kannapolis off the board in five innings of work.

Hand did not factor in the decision, as Kannapolis took a two-run lead in the top of the sixth off of Brian Schultz. John Gilmore's RBI double broke a scoreless deadlock before a passed ball allowed a second run to score.

Schultz (1-0) got the win, however, as Greensboro responded with three runs off of Charlie Leesman in the bottom of the sixth. Thomas Hickman's two-run homer tied the game, before Justin Bass put his team in front for good with an RBI double later in the frame.

Leesman (13-5) took his first loss of the second half, giving up four runs on 13 hits in 6 2/3 innings on the mound. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.

Kannapolis saw their late chance to rally slip away as Rodolfo Encarnacion struck out the last five batters of the game. Encarnacion pitched the final two innings for his second save of the season.

Kannapolis next returns home to take on the second-place West Virginia Power. The Intimidators magic number remains at four, as the Power will take the field later Monday night against the Hickory Crawdads.

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