CWS Farm Report 5/28: Snodgress near unhittable
Charlotte (20-32) kicked off an eight-game homestand last night against Toledo (16-36), and in 11 innings the Mud Hens were victorious 6-5. The Knights took a 5-1 lead into the top half of the ninth inning, but Toledo was able to put up a four-run frame off of reliever Deunte Heath to tie the game at five. The two squads would then swap a scoreless tenth, before the Mud Hens would ultimately come out on top in the 11th. In that inning, with Ben Guez up to the plate for Toledo, Jhan Martinez (2-3) would put runners at the corners with two outs. After a stolen base by Toledo infielder Kevin Russo, Martinez would lose control and toss a wild pitch that scored the game’s go-ahead run. The Knights have now lost five of their past eight games, and they will look to bounce back tonight in the second game of this four-game set. First pitch from Knights Stadium is scheduled for 5:15.
In case you missed it, the Barons (32-18) won for the third straight game yesterday in a matinee against Jacksonville (26-21) by the score of 4-1. You can read up on their victory here (from Monday’s Farm Report). Today the North Division leading Barons will return home for a big five-game series against second place Tennessee. The Smokies enter Tuesday 5 1/2 games behind Birmingham. The Barons, winners of four straight and six of their past eight, have been one of the hottest teams in the Southern League as of late. They will look to keep the ball rolling tonight at Regions Field—with first pitch scheduled for 6:05. The Birmingham website does not have a probable starter listed for tonight, but 2010 Voyager Stephen McCray would be in line to get the nod. Last time out, the righty scattered six hits over five innings of three-run ball to record the no decision in a 5-3 loss to Jacksonville on May 23.
Winston-Salem (24-24) began their five-game series against Frederick (26-22) on a sour note last night, as they fell 8-4. The Dash started off strong with a two-run first inning, which included an RBI single from ex-Voyager Mark Haddow (2011). The Keys would quickly respond with four runs in the top half of the second inning, and they would never look back. Dash starter Chris Bassitt (5-2) would surrender seven runs over five innings en route to his second loss in three starts. Two former Great Falls pitchers would then come on for four solid innings of relief, as Brandon Hardin (2012) and J.R. Ballinger (2009) combined to allow only one run (0 ER) and a hit over that stretch. Winston-Salem has a twin bill set for this evening, as the Keys and Dash will make up their postponed game from May 7. In game one, Christopher Beck (3-6, 2.86) will be making the start, as he goes for his second straight win. First pitch from BB&T Ballpark is scheduled for 4:00. Game two will follow directly after, with Jason Van Skike (2-1, 2.05) getting the nod.
The Intimidators (16-31) fell for the 13th time in 16 games last night in Lexington (26-25), but that was not the headline following their 7-4 loss. Legends designated hitter Raul Mondesi became the first player ever to hit for the cycle against Kannapolis, as he went 4-4 and drove in three runs. 2012 Voyager Brandon Brennan (1-8, 7.88) got credited for the loss for the eighth time in nine starts, as he tossed five innings and allowed five runs. Despite the loss, there were some bright spots offensively for the Intimidators. Another member of last year’s Great Falls team, Micah Johnson, made some noise from the plate, as he homered for the second straight day and the third time this season in the fifth inning. Ex-Voyager Michael Johnson (2012) recorded two hits on the night–boosting his season average to .320. Kannapolis will play game two of their three-game series against the Legends this evening at 5:05. 2012 Voyager Kyle Hansen (0-1, 7.88) will be making his fourth start of 2013.
Voyagers Alumni of the Night
Scott Snodgress (2011)
7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 7 K in 4-1 win over Jacksonville last night