Simmons Homers in Kannapolis' 5-1 Loss Sunday Night
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Despite another three-hit day for Ian Dawkins and a home run for Cam Simmons, the Intimidators drop game two of their series with the Lexington Legends 5-1 Sunday night at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health.
After both pitchers worked a clean first inning in Kannapolis, the bottom of the order for Lexington got to Taylor Varnell (L, 7-4). In the second, Varnell struck out Eric Cole and Nick Hutchins for his third and fourth strikeouts through the first 1.2 innings on the bump. However, Brhet Bewley and Rudy Martin reached on a single and double, followed by a walk to Jackson Lueck to load the bases.
With Jeison Guzman at the plate, the Lexington leadoff hitter doubled (18) on a blooper hit over the infield in left field, scoring two runs.
A half inning later, Cameron Simmons took Charlie Neuweiler deep to dead-center field for his first homer of the season to help cut the Kannapolis deficit to one run, 2-1.
In the third, both pitchers worked around doubles to keep the score the same heading into the fourth. In the fourth frame, Bewley and Martin both singled to begin the inning, followed by a Lueck sacrifice bunt to put both runners in scoring position. On a 1-0 pitch, Guzman hit a sacrifice fly to Romy Gonzalez in left field to score Bewley to give the Legends a 3-1 lead.
A few self-inflicted wounds for Varnell hurt him in the fifth, as the southpaw out of Oral Roberts threw two wild pitches and walked a runner to put Nathan Eaton in scoring position with ease. With runners at the corners, Eric Cole hit a sacrifice fly to Gonzalez in left to help Lexington manufacture another run, now up 4-1.
Kannapolis (50-61, 22-21) did not have many chances against Lexington, but their best chance of the evening came in the eighth inning. In that frame, Ian Dawkins collected his third hit of the day with a double (33) to left-center field with one out. Lenyn Sosa and Alex Destino then followed Dawkins' double with back-to-back walks to load the bases.
After a mound visit, Gonzalez and Corey Zangari both struck out swinging on off-speed pitchers thrown by Brandon Marklund (S, 3), stranding all three runners.
Lexington (54-57, 17-25) tacked on an insurance run in the ninth thanks to a Guzman solo homer to right field, pushing the lead to four runs, 5-1.
Kannapolis will look to take the series lead with a win in game three Monday night at 7:00 p.m. at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health. Jason Bilous (4-6, 3.13 ERA) will get the ball for the Intimidators against Carlos Hernandez (0-1, 11.25) of Lexington.
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