I caught the Kannapolis Intimidators play the Lakewood Blueclaws on Saturday night, a largely quiet affair until the eighth inning. Lakewood starter Felix Paulino held Kanny in check through seven strong innings, and Addison Russ was on his way to getting the first two outs in the eighth when Lakewood shortstop Raul Rivas dropped Evan Skoug’s major-league pop-up (there wasn’t much in the way of wind).
Luis Gonzalez changed the tone of the game with Kannapolis’ second-biggest drive of the night -- a game-tying RBI triple off the right-field wall.
Best contact of the night goes to Luis Gonzalez. RBI triple tied the game in 6-run eighth. pic.twitter.com/whrhy1GqVU— Phenomenal Source (@SouthSideSox) August 27, 2017
(Cohoes’ Zach Remillard topped him with a three-run homer that capped the surge.)
Gonzalez has dusted himself off well after a sluggish start to his pro career. The third-round pick out of New Mexico is hitting .308/.394/.473 over 23 games in August, with a respectable 17.3 strikeout rate and a 10.6 percent walk rate. It’s not a bad Adam Haseley impersonation. I mentioned that because Haseley was playing center and batting third for Lakewood, raising his line to .250/.333/.375 with a double and two walks.
- Jake Peter went 3-for-5.
- Jacob May was 1-for-4 with a sac bunt, strikeout and a stolen base.
- Rymer Liriano was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Casey Gillaspie, 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
- D.J. Peterson was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Eddy Alvarez was 1-for-4 with a K.
- Michael Kopech: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
- Eloy Jimenez went 3-for-4 with his second homer.
- Zack Collins went 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Courtney Hawkins was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Trey Michalczewski, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Danny Mendick also went 0-for-4.
*Jimenez’s homer was a monster blast, judging from the video.
- Joel Booker and Jameson Fisher were both 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Seby Zavala went 0-for-3 with a walk.
- Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a triple and a strikeout.
- Alex Call, 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
- Jake Burger went 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Gavin Sheets, 2-for-4.
- Evan Skoug was 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
- Craig Dedelow doubled, singled and struck out twice.
- Carlos Perez was 0-for-3 with a walk.
- Franklin Perez, 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
- Amado Nunez, 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Chris Comito: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
- Luis Robert went 3-for-4 with a double, strikeout, HBP and stolen base.
- Luis Mieses was 0-for-4 with a steal.
- Josue Guerrero went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Anthony Coronado, 1-for-5 with a K.
- Santo Vasquez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
- Jendersson Caraballo: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K