Curve Rallies Fall Short; Power Held To 3 Hits

Kannapolis Intimidators 4, �West Virginia Power 0 (box)

The Power were held to just 3 hits on Sunday, all singles — one by C Josue Peley, and two by SS Benji Gonzalez. The only other Power batters to reach base were Rogelios Noris, who was hit by a pitch in the 7th inning, and CF Evan Chambers, who walked twice. �Two runners were on base in the 3rd inning, when Peley led off with his single and went to second base with a sacrifice bunt, then Chambers walked. �A fly out ended the inning. �The first of Gonzalez’s hits opened the 6th, but he was left standing on first. �Noris reached first base to lead off the 7th, and he too was left there. �The Power put two runners on at the same time again in the 8th, when Gonzalez singled again and Chambers walked, but they could not come around to score. �Kannapolis starter Matt Wickswat struck out 10 Power batters in his 6 innings of work, including 6 batters in a row over the 4th and 5th innings. �Two relief pitchers combined for another 5 strikeouts during the game.

Without run (or hit) support, Power starter Melkin Laureano could not get far. �He worked around runners on base in each inning, though kept Kannapolis from scoring until the 3rd, when Kannapolis got onto the scoreboard with a solo home run. �Laureano began the 6th inning with two singles and two outs, when he was relieved by Marc Baca. Baca gave up an RBI double, scoring two runs, though the batter was out at third on the throw in from the outfield. �Kannapolis picked up one more run in the top of the 9th on a solo homer off reliever Ryan Kelly.

The Bradenton Marauders had a scheduled day off on Sunday.

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