CWS Farm Report 5/23
After winning four of their past six games, Charlotte (18-29) had the night off last night. The Knights will remain on the road this weekend, as they head north to upstate New York for a four-game set against Rochester (18-28). Jason Berken (3-3, 3.26) will get the nod this evening against the Red Wings. Last time out, the righty tossed seven innings of one-run ball en route to the Knights 4-1 victory over Louisville. 2007 Voyager alumni Jim Gallagher will be looking to bust out of his recent slump. The outfielder has only six hits over his past 32 at bats (.188) with no extra base hits. Despite a hot start to 2013, Gallagher’s average has now dipped under .300 (.291). First pitch is scheduled from Frontier Field at 5:05.
The Southern League North division leading Barons (28-17) will be coming off a rare two day reprieve, as they are set to begin a four-game series in Jacksonville (25-17) this evening. Ex-Voyager Stephen McCray (4-3, 2.86) will get the start tonight for Birmingham, as he will be looking to bounce back from losses in his past two starts. McCray was the losing pitcher his last time out on May 16 against Montgomery despite only allowing one run over seven innings. The Barons will look for former Voyager Trayce Thompson to continue his hot hitting at the plate. A member of the 2009 Great Falls squad, Thompson is hitting .296 over his past ten games with one homer and seven RBI. Two other Voyagers alumni are expected to be on the mound this weekend for Birmingham. Spencer Arroyo (2010) will get the nod tomorrow night, while Erik Johnson (2011) is set to pitch on Saturday. First pitch is set to get underway from Jacksonville at 5:05.
Last night’s game between the Dash (22-21) and the Salem Red Sox was washed out, so that means there will be a twin-bill in store for both these teams today. A member of last year’s Voyagers team, Christopher Beck (2-6, 2.80) will get the start in game 1 for the Dash, who have won four straight. In game 2, we’ll see another former Great Falls pitcher get the start, as Ryan Buch (0-0, 2.08) will be going for his first win since being demoted from AA Birmingham. After today’s doubleheader, Winston-Salem will stay on the road for a three-game series against the Carolina Mudcats. The first game this afternoon is scheduled for 1:05, and game 2 will follow directly after.
The Intimidators (15-27) were the only White Sox affiliate in action yesterday, falling to West Virginia (24-22) 8-6. 2012 Voyager Brandon Brennan fell for the seventh time this season, as he allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings. Despite the loss, a member of the 2011 Voyagers did shine at the plate. Intimidators backstop Brent Tanner belted his second home run of the season and drove in two runs. Kannapolis will now head to Hickory for a four-game series, as they try and get back to their winning ways after dropping eight of nine. Another member of last year’s Voyagers staff, Kyle Hansen (0-1, 11.70), will take the mound for only the fourth time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00.
Voyagers Alumni of the Night
2-5, HR (2), 2B, 2 RBI in last night’s loss to West Virginia