MiLB Roundup: Knights & Intimidators fall on Sunday

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Knights Fall in Sunday’s Finale 2-1
Terance Marin Goes Five Scoreless Innings for Knights in Loss

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – Right-handed pitcher Terance Marin tossed five scoreless innings in place of scheduled starter Anthony Ranaudo, but the Indianapolis Indians scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 2-1 victory over the Charlotte Knights on Sunday in the finale of the four-game series from Victory Field in Indianapolis, IN. The Indians won all four games in the series.

Scheduled to make his 14th start of the season with the Knights, Ranaudo was recalled to the Chicago White Sox just before game time. The 26-year-old right-hander became the 18th player promoted to the White Sox from the Knights this season. With that, Marin was thrust into the rotation for today’s game. The Modesto, CA native was sharp and did not allow a run over five scoreless innings. He gave up just three hits and one walk.

Indianapolis RHP Wilfredo Boscan (6-7, 4.00) was also solid on Sunday. Boscan allowed just one run on two hits over 6.1 innings to earn the win. He walked four batters and fanned two. The Indianapolis right-hander allowed the only Charlotte run of the game in top of the fifth inning on a Sean O’Connell RBI single. The Knights had a 1-0 lead over the Indians until the sixth frame.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Charlotte RHP Matt Lollis (1-1, 8.10) came on in relief of Marin and had his struggles. After retiring the first two batters he faced, Josh Bell drew a two-out walk. Bell scored on the next play after a Jason Rogers single. Rogers advanced to second base on a Slade Heathcott fielding error. One batter later, Max Moroff lined an RBI single to right field to give the Indians a 2-1 lead. That was all they needed to earn the four-game series sweep.

The Indianapolis bullpen was solid over the final 2.2 innings. LHP Kelvin Marte did not allow a run over 1.2 innings pitched, while RHP Dovydas Neverauskas struck-out two batters in the ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season.

The Knights will now move on and head to Louisville, KY to open a three-game series against the Louisville Bats (Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds). Pre-game radio coverage of Monday’s 7:05 p.m. game starts at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Charlotte 730 AM and The “Voice of the Charlotte Knights” Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action.

Chanticleer Morrison spins 2.1 scoreless IP
Shorebirds bat around in 5-run 4th inning to beat Kannapolis, 6-3

SALISBURY, Md. (July 24, 2016) — Former Coastal Carolina reliever Mike Morrison spun a career-high 2 and 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Intimidators, but Delmarva used a big fourth inning to score a 6-3 win on Sunday evening at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Kannapolis (14-15 Second Half, 38-61) suffered its sixth loss in its last seven games to fall below .500 in the Second Half for the first time since July 1.

In the home half of the first inning, Delmarva strung together three straight singles by Ryan Mountcastle, Yermin Mercedes, and Alex Murphy to plate the game’s first run.

Delmarva erupted for five runs in the fourth inning, sending all nine batters to the plate to chase Intimidators starter Johnathan Frebis from the game.  All six runs scored with two outs as Guillermo Salas drove in Austin Anderson to ignite the offense.  Cedric Mullins and Yermin Mercedes each added 2-run doubles as five straight Shorebirds hit safely, ending Frebis’ outing with Delmarva on top 6-0.

Frebis (7-9) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits over 3 and 2/3 innings. Delmarva’s Ofelky Peralta (6-4) opened with four scoreless, hitless innings before giving up a pair of runs in the fifth en route to earning the win. Peralta allowed two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one.

Mike Morrison, the White Sox 27th round pick in this June’s draft, took over for Frebis and recorded the final out of the fourth inning and retired the first six batters he faced.  The former Chanticleer worked around a Mullins 2-out triple for a scoreless sixth inning.  Morrison struck out one in his fifth professional outing.  Each of his four previous outings lasted one inning.

Kannapolis got a pair of runs back in the fifth inning. Danny Mendick drew a leadoff walk, and two batters later, Micker Adolfo came through with the Intimidators’ first hit of the game, moving Mendick to third.  Nate Nolan followed with an RBI-single, and two batters later, Tyler Sullivan added a two-out base hit to cash Adolfo to cut the Shorebirds lead to 6-2.

In the eighth, Sullivan singled with one out, and KJ Woods eventually brought him home with a two-out base hit to cut the ‘Birds lead to 6-3.  Delmarva responded by bringing reliever Jay Flaa into the game, and he spun the final 1 and 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the save (2).

Jack Charleston spun 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, working around a pair of hits while striking out one to finish the game on the mound for Kannapolis.

Grant Massey’s 8-game RBI streak came to an end as the Intimidators infielder finished 0-for-3.  It was the first game Massey did not drive in a run since July 13.

The Intimidators play Game 3 of this 4-game series in Delmarva on Monday at 7:05 p.m. as Kannapolis sends RHP Brannon Easterling (4-2, 2.29 ERA) to the mound against the Shorebirds’ RHP Francisco Jimenez (7-8, 4.92 ERA). The Intimidators return to Kannapolis on Thursday, July 28, to open a 7-day home stand against the Grasshoppers and Charleston RiverDogs.  The upcoming home stand features the Intimidators final craft beer sampling on Friday, July 29, presented by Cabarrus Brewing Company. On Saturday, July 30, fans can stick around for post-game fireworks presented by SignArt.  For tickets and promotional information, call the F&M Bank Box Office or 704-932-3267 or visit