Augusta GreenJackets starter Kendry Flores overcame a revamped Kannapolis Intimidators lineup to post one of his best outings this season on Thursday night.
Flores set a career high with 10 strikeouts to lead the GreenJackets to a 5-1 win over the Intimidators at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
“I thought Flores was another typical Flores,” GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said. “He goes out there and gives us six or seven innings every time out, gives us a chance to win the ballgame. He attacked the strike zone.”
Flores, who allowed one run on three hits over seven innings, reached double digits in strikeouts for the first time in his career. The right-hander has six or more strikeouts in six of his past seven outings.
“I attacked the zone pretty good with the fastball,” Flores said through an interpreter. “I painted the corners, too. I used the curveball as a weapon.”
Augusta first baseman Joey Rapp went 3 for 3 with a home run. Jesus Galindo went 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Trevor Brown added two hits and an RBI.
Kannapolis benefited from second-half assignments by the Chicago White Sox, receiving 2013 first-round pick Tim Anderson and 2012 first-rounder Keon Barnum. However, the two went a combined 1 for 7 with three strikeouts in their first game.
Anderson, selected 17th in the June 6 draft, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his first professional game.
“I was a little nervous tonight, but I’ll get back at it tomorrow,” Anderson said. “It’s my first day. I haven’t seen a lot of pitching lately. I’m getting back into it, getting the nervous bugs out.”
The GreenJackets started the scoring in the first on an RBI double by Brown and added a run in the second on an RBI single by Eric Sim.
After the Intimidators cut the lead in half on a Micah Johnson home run in the fourth, the GreenJackets got the run back in the sixth when Galindo drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.
Augusta added insurance runs in the eighth on Rapp’s homer and Galindo’s RBI single.