Knights, Barons, Intimidators win; Dash streak snapped
The Knights (19-30) snapped a two-game skid last night in Rochester with a 4-2 win over Rochester (19-29). Charlotte was paced by 2008 Voyager Brent Morel at the plate, as the Knights third baseman went 3/5 with two doubles and a solo homer in the third. Morel drove in three runs in the winning effort. Ex-Voyager Jim Gallagher (2007) did not get the start, but he would pinch hit in the seventh inning and later come around to score on Morel’s second double of the game and his 13th of the season. On the mound, Zach Stewart (3-5) put together his longest outing of the season, allowing two earned runs and only five hits in eight innings of work. The Knights and Red Wings will be back at it tonight with first pitch scheduled for 5:05. Andre Rienzo (3-2, 7.33) will be making the start for Charlotte.
After dropping the first game of a rare five-game set, Birmingham (29-18) bounced back to take the second game of the series from Jacksonville (26-18) by the score of 5-3. 2010 Voyager Spencer Arroyo (4-2) racked up his first win since May 3, as he tossed five innings of four-hit ball–surrendering two earned runs. Another member of that 2010 Great Falls team, Taylor Thompson, would come on to convert the two inning save–his sixth of the season. Ex-Voyager Trayce Thompson (2010) picked up two hits in the win, and he also belted his ninth double of the season. Former Voyager outfielder Andy Wilkins (2010) contributed with an RBI single, which was his 26th run batted in for 2013. A member of the 2011 Great Falls pitching staff, Erik Johnson (3-2, 2.44) will get the nod for the Barons tonight. The righty is coming off a win in his last start over Jackson, where he threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball. First pitch from Jacksonville is set for 5:05.
Winston-Salem’s (23-22) five-game winning streak was snapped last night, as they fell to Carolina (16-30) 5-3. The Dash would fall behind early and trailed 5-1 heading into the top half of the ninth inning. They would pick up two runs to cut the deficit to two and send the tying run to the plate, but the comeback effort would fall short. 2009 Voyagers righty Ryan Buch would pick up the lost, as he only lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) en route to his first loss since joining the Dash earlier this month. Ex-Voyager backstop Martin Medina (2011) would drive in a run despite the loss, and former Voyager Joe De Pinto (2011) would rack up two hits and his second double of the season. Winston-Salem will look to bounce back tonight, as first pitch is tabbed for 4:00. Bryan Blugh (2-4, 5.36) will be making the start for the Dash.
Low A: Kannapolis Intimidators
Kannapolis (16-28) won for only the second time in ten games, as they were victorious over Hickory (26-20) 7-5. A member of last year’s Voyagers club led the way offensively, as Micah Johnson went 4-4 with an RBI and his league leading 44th stolen base of 2013. The Intimidators second baseman raised his season average to .320 thanks to his strong performance at the plate. Johnson’s teammate in Great Falls last season, Michael Johnson, picked up a couple of hits (2-4)–bumping his season average to .330. Ex-Voyager Brent Tanner (2012) also contributed with an RBI and his first stolen bag of the year in the Kannapolis win. 2011 Voyager Stew Brase came on in relief to pick up his first save, as he tossed 1 1/3 innings of one-run ball. The Intimidators will try and win back to back games for the first time since May 9-10 today at 4:05 as they resume their series with the Crawdads. Jefferson Olacio (1-6, 6.82) will get the nod for Kannapolis.
Voyagers Alumni of the Night
Brent Morel (2008)
3-5, HR (3), 2 2B, 3 RBI, R in 4-2 win over Rochester