Rome Braves fall 4-1 to Kannapolis on Sunday; Intimidators take the series, two games to one. Media release: On a hot Sunday afternoon, it was the Kannapolis Intimidators over the Rome Braves 4-1 before 1,644 fans at State Mutual Stadium. Kannapolis got on the board in the first inning on Tate Blackman’s sacrifice fly RBI and added two more runs in the second thanks to Johan Cruz’s two run shot to left for the 3-0 score. The Intimidators struck again the third to make it a 4-0 game when Blackman grounded into a double play to plate a run. Rome notched a run in the seventh on Justin Smith’s RBI double for the 4-1 score. Kannapolis starter Parker Rigler (3-2) earns the win, and Tyler Johnson (7) receives the save. The Braves starter Dilmer Mejia (0-1) is hit with the loss. Mejia was just called up
to Rome today from extended spring in Orlando and started the game for the Braves.
Next: Rome at Greenville, 7:05 tonight; Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.; Wednesday, 5 p.m. (double header), 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
Race for first place: Through Sunday night, the Rome Braves were in first place in the South Atlantic League’s southern division (1.5-game lead over Augusta). The top team as of June 17 earns a spot in the SAL playoffs in September.
Roster moves: The Rome Braves announced the following roster moves made just before the game:
- LHP Tanner Allison has been transferred to Danville
- The Braves receive LHP Dilmer Mejia from extended spring in Orlando.
Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2018 season and before.
Rome Braves send a league-leading six players to the South Atlantic League All-Star game June 19. The Rome All-Stars are: Pitchers – Bruce Zimmermann, Walter Borkovich, Kelvin Rodriguez and Freddy Tarnok. Position players include: Riley Delgado (infield) and Drew Waters (outfielder). All-Stars
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June 16: F&P is having its annual charity 5K on June 16 and this year, all of the proceeds this year will benefit Harbor House. “This is a great opportunity to support us and the community. You can use this link to register: https://bit.ly/2JFEdsu. Also, you can print the waiver form and take it to Garner and Glover Company, F&P Main Plant or Cycle Therapy. F&P Georgia Mfg
Aug. 18: 2018 Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K & 2 mile Health Walk, 8 a.m., Heritage Park. For more