CWS Farm Report 6/3: Weekend Recap

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AAA: Charlotte Knights

The Knights (24-34) had a strong start to their weekend–winning two straight–but then fell yesterday for the first time since last Thursday.  On Friday, a rehabbing White Sox midfielder played hero, as Gordon Beckham drove in the game’s winning run in a 3-2 victory over Rochester (25-32).  Beckham’s walk-off RBI single marked the third time this season that Charlotte won in their final at bat.  2007 Voyager Jim Gallagher had a productive night at the plate, as he went 2-3 with a double and a run scored.  On Saturday, we saw the Knights win for the third straight day thanks to a strong pitching performance by Simon Castro (1-6).  The righty tossed five scoreless innings and allowed only two hits en route to Charlotte’s 4-3 win.  The Knights would strike early and never look back–scoring all four of their runs in the first two innings.  Gallagher would once again contribute from the dish, as he would double and score a run.  Ex-Voyager Brent Morel (2008) would also get involved in the action with an RBI ground out in the bottom half of the first.  Yesterday afternoon, we’d see Charlotte lose a close contest to the Red Wings by the score of 6-5.  Morel would belt his 16th and 17th doubles of the season despite the loss, as he finished the day at 2-4.  On the mound, Jason Berken (4-5) only lasted four innings–allowing four runs on seven hits.  2008 Voyager Dan Remenowsky would then come on in relief to allow two more runs in only one inning of work.  Charlotte and Rochester will close out their four-game set tonight at 5:15.  Zach Stewart (3-6, 4.80) will be on the mound for the Knights.

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AA: Birmingham Barons

After dropping two of three, the Barons (36-20) were back to their winning ways this past weekend with victories on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It was quite the start for 2011 Voyager Erik Johnson (5-2) on Friday night, as he tossed his first complete game of the season in Birmingham’s 11-3 win over Tennessee (28-26).  The righty lowered his season ERA to 2.26 and struck out six batters in his third win in as many starts.  Ex-Voyager Andy Wilkins (2010) would connect for the sixth time this season, as he blasted a two-run homer in the sixth inning.  The Barons designated hitter would collect a total of 3 RBI on the night.  2010 Voyagers backstop Mike Blanke would also join the hit party with an RBI of his own.  On Saturday, Birmingham got another stellar outing from a former Voyager, as they took the final game of the five-game series 9-3.  Scott Snodgress (7-3) would stifle Smokies hitters over six innings–allowing only two runs on four hits.  2010 and 2011 Voyagers outfielder Michael Earley collected two hits (one double) in the Barons win and scored a run.  After extending their division lead to 6 1/2 games over second place Tennessee, Birmingham would make it an even seven with a 5-1 win in their series opener over Huntsville (24-30) yesterday.  In the top half of the seventh inning with the game in favor of the Barons 2-1, Wilkins would blow it wide open with a three-run homer with two outs.  Nick McCully (5-1) would pick up his third straight win, as he allowed only one run over five innings of work.  Two former Voyagers from the 2011 team, Kevin Vance and Salvador Sanchez, then combined for two scoreless innings to each pick up holds.  The Barons and the Stars will be back at it tonight at 5:43.  2010 and 2011 Voyager Stephen McCray (5-3, 3.31) will get the nod for Birmingham.

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High A: Winston-Salem Dash

Winston-Salem (29-26) also came away with three wins this past weekend, as they swept the Carolina Mudcats (19-36).  2011 Voyagers outfielder Mark Haddow would collect two hits in the Dash victory and score a run and starter Myle Jaye (3-0) won for the third time in four starts since being called up from Kannapoilis, as he tossed seven innings and allowed only three runs en route to an 8-3 victory.  2011 Voyager Cody Winiarski would then come on to pick up a two-inning save in a scoreless effort.  Game two saw a tight battle between Carolina and Winston-Salem, which resulted in a 3-2 Dash win.  Starter Chris Bassitt allowed one unearned run over seven innings of work, but he would not get credit for the win since the Mudcats tied the game in the top half of the eighth.  Despite allowing the game’s tying run, 2012 Voyager Brandon Hardin would escape with the victory thanks to some clutch hitting by Jeremy Farrell.  The third baseman would belt a go-ahead solo shot in the bottom of the inning to give his squad the lead for good.  Sunday afternoon, the bats were clicking on all cylinders for Winston-Salem, as they capped off a series sweep with a 15-6 blowout win.  2012 Voyager Christopher Beck (5-6) picked up the win after allowing four runs over six innings.  The Dash’s Grant Buckner had a monster day at the plate, as he launched two homers and drove in a season-high seven runs.  In his first day off the disabled list, 2012 first round draft pick Courtney Hawkins would also get involved in the action, as he picked up his first RBI since May 1.  The Dash will now head to Salem for a five-game series against the Red Sox.  The two teams will take part in a doubleheader this evening at 3:30, as they will be making up a rain-out from May 22.  Jake Cose (0-0, —) will be making his first start for the Dash since being called up from Kannapolis.  For the Intimidators, Cose recorded a 4-3 record to go along with a 1.72 ERA.  Jason Van Skike (2-1, 1.71) is expected to get the nod for game two.

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Low A: Kannapolis Intimidators

The Intimidators (19-35) were unable to pick up a win over Savannah (34-22) this past weekend, as they were swept away by the Sand Gnats.  On Friday, Kannapolis would fall 6-2 and Euclides Leyer (2-6) got roughed up for six runs (five ER) and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.  2011 Stew Brase then would finish out the game with 2 1/3 scoreless frames to help alleviate the damage.  2012 Voyagers catcher Brent Tanner would pick up an RBI despite the Intimidators loss.  On Saturday, Kannapolis would fail to score a single run in their 5-0 loss.  2012 Voyager Brandon Brennan (1-9) did last eight innings and only allowed three earned runs, but the Intimidators offense could only muster five hits off of Sand Gnats pitching.  Kannapolis would once again be thwarted by Savannah yesterday afternoon, as they fell 7-1.  2012 Voyager Kyle Hansen (1-2) would get hosed in only four innings of work–allowing five runs (three earned).  Another member from the 2012 Great Falls staff, Ryan Bollinger, then came on in for three innings of relief and allowed two more runs on four hits.  2012 Voyagers backstop Mike Marjama would pick up a hit in the losing effort.  The scorching bat of 2012 Voyager second baseman Micah Johnson finally cooled off this past weekend.  He only collected one hit in twelve at bats after a stretch of going 14-25 from the dish.  The Intimidators have the day off today and then will head up to Hagerstown to start a four-game set with the Suns tomorrow night at 5:05.

Voyagers Alumni of the Night

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Erik Johnson (2011)

9.0 IP, 3 ER, 10 H, 6 K, 0 BB (W) in Friday’s 11-3 win over Tennessee

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