Two ex-Voyagers power Knights
The bats came to life for Charlotte (22-33) last night against Toledo (17-38), as they were victorious 8-4–salvaging their four-game set with a series split. Both teams would swap zeros for the first four innings, but then two ex-Voyagers would come up with some decisive hits for the Knights. In the bottom half of the fifth inning, Gordon Beckham would drive home the game’s first run with a single. Then, Brent Morel (2008) would belt his fourth homer of the year–a two run shot–and Charlotte would never look back. Toledo would get two runs back in the following inning, but soon another former Voyager would show off his power in the bottom frame, as with the bases loaded, Jim Gallagher smacked a grand slam over the right field fence to give the Knights a 7-2 advantage. Also in the sixth, Morel would once again prove to be productive as he knocked home his third run of the game thanks to a two-out double. On the mound, Andre Rienzo (4-3) would pick up his second win in three starts, as he allowed just two runs (0 ER) over 5 1/3 innings. Charlotte will finish up the month of May tonight, as they remain at home to begin their four -game set against Rochester. First pitch is scheduled for 5:15, and Charles Leesman (0-0, 0.oo) will be making the start for the Knights.
2010 Voyagers pitcher Spencer Arroyo and the Barons (33-20) were outmatched last night by Tennessee (28-24), as they dropped their second game in three days by the score of 5-1. Arroyo (4-3) fell for the second time in three starts, as he allowed five runs and ten hits over 6 1/3 innings. The Smokies picked up a run in the first inning and they would never trail from that point forward. Ex-Voyager Mike Blanke (2010) would drive in Birmingham’s only run of the ballgame in the bottom half of the second on a single that scored Tyler Saladino. After Arroyo was bounced in the seventh inning, 2010 hurler Taylor Thompson came on to finish the game. The righty tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball to go with four strikeouts. The Barons will be back at it tonight at 6:05 for the fourth game of this five-game series. 2011 Voyager Erik Johnson (4-2, 2.15) will get the nod for Birmingham, as he is coming off one of his strongest starts of 2013. Last time out, Johnson went seven innings without allowing a run and striking out seven.
For the second straight night, Winston-Salem (26-26) fell to Frederick (28-24) by the score of 8-6 in 11 innings. The Dash trailed 6-3 heading into the bottom half of the ninth, but they then sparked a rally to send the game into extras. Winston-Salem was down to their final out when they had runners at the corners with Joey DeMichele at the dish. The second baseman would come through with an RBI double. Then, Chris Curley would next deliver another two-bagger, which scored 2012 Voyager Yoandy Barroso and DeMichele to tie the game at six. Terance Marin (3-4) would ultimately get the loss in his third inning of relief, as he allowed a three-run frame. Despite the loss, ex-Voyager Kevan Smith (2011) knocked in his 28th RBI of the season in the bottom half of the fifth. Winston-Salem has now lost two straight series, and they will look to get back to their winning ways tonight against Carolina. Myles Jaye (2-0, 4.15) will get the nod for the Dash with first pitch scheduled for 5:00.
The Intimidators (19-32) had an unconventional evening of baseball last night against Savannah (31-22), as they were set to complete a suspended game from May 3 and then play in their regularly scheduled game following the make up. The two teams resumed play from the suspended game–which the Sand Gnats would win 8-2–in the top half of the fourth inning with Kannapolis leading 1-0. Savannah would then score at least one run in every frame from there on out and the Intimidators would not be able to bounce back. Adam Lopez (0-1) would get tabbed with the loss as he allowed four runs (1 ER) over 2 1/3 innings. 2012 Voyager Zach Isler would then come on to allow four runs of his own in two innings of work. The second game of the night was only scheduled for the standard seven innings that all MILB doubleheaders follow, but Savannah and Kannapolis needed an extra four to complete the game, as the Intimidators walked off in extras with a 5-4 victory. The Intimidators would jump out to an early 4-1 lead thanks to a four-run second inning. During that frame, 2012 Voyagers Brent Tanner and Micah Johnson each contributed with an RBI. Johnson would also continue to show off the jets on the base paths, as he stole his MILB-leading 47th base of the season. Heading into the seventh inning, Kannapolis would still hold a 4-3 lead with 2012 Voyager Joe Dvorsky called into finish the game. Dvorsky would surrender the lead– his first blown save of the season–as Savannah would tie it up at four (Eudy Pena solo homer). He would then proceed to pitch three more innings, in which he would not allow a base runner. Savannah would win it in the bottom half of the eleventh when Jake Brown would come through with a walk-off RBI single. The Intimidators have now won three of their past four games, and they will be back in action tonight at 5:05 against the Sand Gnats. Euclides Leyer (2-5, 4.71) will be making the start for Kannapolis.
Voyagers Alumni of the Night
Jim Gallagher (2007)
3-4, GS HR (3), 2B, 4 RBI in last night’s 8-4 win over Toledo