Barons bounce back, Kannapolis wins again
After a victory on Tuesday, the Knights (21-33) were back in the loss column last night–falling to Toledo (17-37) 12-4. The Mud Hens scored eight runs in the first four innings, and Charlotte was never able to bounce back, as they were defeated for the fourth time in seven days. 2008 Voyager Brent Morel was one of the few bright spots for the Knights, as he collected two hits and drove in a run. The third baseman now ranks third on the club with 23 RBI on the season. Zach Stewart (3-6) was bounced after three innings, which marked the first time all season that the righty didn’t throw at least five frames. The Knights will look to salvage the four-game set tonight, as they go for a split at 5:15. Andre Rienzo (3-3, 7.47) will be making the start for Charlotte, as he tries to bounce back from the loss he suffered last time out against Rochester.
Birmingham (33-19) was back to their winning ways last night with a 6-3 victory over the Tennessee Smokies (27-24). 2010-11 Voyager Stephen McCray (5-3) led the way for the Barons thanks to 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball. The win marked the first time all month that the righty was victorious. Ex-Voyager Andy Wilkins (2010) raised his season average closer to the .300 mark (.289) with a two-hit night. Wilkins also scored in the ballgame courtesy of a Jared Mitchell RBI single. It was another strong outing for the Barons bullpen, as two pitchers (including 2011 Voyagers Salvador Sanchez) combined to toss 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Game three of this five-game set will take place tonight at 5:05. 2010 Voyager Spencer Arroyo (4-2, 2.24) will be on the mound for Birmingham. The southpaw will be looking to build off his last start, where he went five innings, allowed two earned and got the win over Jacksonville.
After sweeping their doubleheader yesterday, Winston-Salem (26-25) fell to Frederick (27-24) 6-3 last night. 2009 Voyager Ryan Buch (0-2) lost for the second straight time, as he was roughed up for five runs in only four innings of work. Offensively, it was another strong day at the plate for ex-Voyager Kevan Smith (2011). The Winston-Salem backstop had himself a three-hit day and scored one of the three Dash runs despite the loss. In his past four games, Smith is 9-18 (.500) with a homer and seven runs batted in. Another member of that 2011 Great Falls team, Mark Haddow, extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one RBI to six thanks to a run-scoring single in the bottom half of the first inning. The Dash and the Keys will close out this five-game series tonight at 5:00 at BB&T Ballpark. Bryan Blough (2-4, 5.66) will get the nod for Winston-Salem.
The Intimidators (18-31) picked up their first series win since May 9-12, as they edged out Lexington (26-27) 1-0 last night. Kannapolis starter Jake Cose (4-3) dazzled by scattering only four hits over seven scoreless innings. 2011 Voyager Stew Brase then came on for a two inning save–his second of the season. A member of last year’s Voyagers team, Micah Johnson, continued to pulverize opposing pitching. The Intimidators second baseman clubbed two doubles and scored the game’s only run off a wild pitch in the sixth inning. Johnson is hitting 18-40 (.450) in his past ten games with three home runs, seven RBI and seven stolen bases. Kannapolis will look to keep the ball rolling tonight in Savannah. The Intimidators and Sand Gnats had their game back on May 3 suspended to due inclement weather, so they will resume it at 3:05. Following its completion, the two teams will play their regularly scheduled game—which is tentatively scheduled for 5:05. Jefferson Olacio (1-7, 8.38) is slated to get the start for Kannapolis, as he goes for his first win since April 24.
Voyagers Alumni of the Night
Micah Johnson (2012)
2-3, 2 2B, 1 R in last night’s 1-0 win over Lexington