Dash win again; Intimidators lose in extras
Charlotte (18-30) fell for the third time in four games last night with a 4-3 loss to the Rochester Red Wings. The Knights did enter the bottom of the fifth inning with a 2-1 lead, but a three-run frame would then give Rochester the lead for good. Ex-Voyager third baseman Brent Morel (2008) went 1-3 with an RBI double in the losing effort. Knights starter Jason Berken (3-4) would pitch into the seventh inning, allowing four runs (2 ER) on eight hits. Charlotte and Rochester will resume their series tonight at 5:05. Zach Stewart (2-5, 4.61) will be on the mound for the Knights, as he goes for his third win in four starts.
Jacksonville’s Ryan Fisher blasted a two-run homer in the eighth inning , and it proved to be enough as the Suns (26-17) knocked off Birmingham (28-18) 5-3. Former Voyager Stephen McCray (2010-11) pitched five quality innings of three-run ball and left the ball game with the score tied at three. McCray’s former teammate in Great Falls, Michael Earley (2010-11) would help out the Barons offensively with a solo shot in the seventh inning. The former Voyager outfielder’s fourth home run of the season would knot the game up at three, before Ryan Kussmaul would allow the eventual game winner the following inning. Ex-Voyager Andy Wilkins (2010) racked up his 25th RBI despite the loss. Game two of the four game set is scheduled for tonight at 5:05. 2010 Voyagers lefty Spencer Arroyo (3-2, 2.10) will take the mound for Birmingham.
Winston-Salem (23-21) took game one of their scheduled doubleheader over Salem (19-24) 7-4, but they then saw the second game of the twin bill washed away by rain. The Dash would ride the arm of 2012 Voyager Christopher Beck (3-6) for six innings of two-run ball en route to their fifth straight victory. Winston-Salem would bust things open early with a four-run first inning, and ex-Voyager Mark Haddow (2011) would extend the advantage to 5-0 with his third homer of the season in the top of the third. Another member of the 2011 Great Falls club, Kevan Smith collected two hits and two RBI at the plate to help pace the Dash, who now head to Carolina for a three game series against the Mudcats. 2009 Voyager Ryan Buch will be making his second start of the season tonight for Winston-Salem after being demoted from Birmingham. Last time out, the righty tossed 4 1/3 innings of three-run ball in a no decision. First pitch is scheduled for 5:15. The makeup date for game two has been announced for June 3 as part of another doubleheader.
It was a crazy night for the Intimidators (15-28) in Hickory last night, as they ultimately fell to the Crawdads (26-19) 7-6 in 12 innings. In a bizarre sequence of events, with the game tied at two, Jordan Akins smacked what was first deemed a game-winning home run over the left field fence, but the umpires would gather and overturn the call to a foul ball. With new life, the Intimidators would escape the ninth, prolonging the game into extra innings. Not much noise would be heard from either team until the top half of the 12th, when Kannapolis pieced together four runs to give them a 6-2 lead. 2012 Voyager Micah Johnson would lead off the frame with a single, and he would later score thanks to former Great Falls teammate Brent Tanner‘s (2011-12) RBI single. The lead would not hold though, as ex-Voyager Zach Isler would blow his third save of the season and toss a wild pitch that would score the winning run for Hickory–which capped a five-run inning for the Crawdads. The Intimidators have now lost nine of ten, and will try and break out of their slump tonight in game two of their four game set against Hickory at 5:00.
Here is the call by Kannapolis broadcaster Josh Feldman of that wacky ninth inning foul ball that was initially called a home run.
Voyagers Alumni of the Night
Mark Haddow (2011)
3-4, HR (3), 2B, 2 RBI in 7-4 win over Salem