Hawkins shines in Dash win, Knights come out on top
The Knights (25-35) won the first game of their four-game set against Pawtucket (35-24) last night by the score of 5-1. Andre Rienzo (5-3) won for the second straight start, as he scattered four hits over six scoreless innings and struck out seven. The two teams swapped zeros in the first four frames, but then the Knights would score five runs in the next two innings to blow it wide open. 2008 Voyager Brent Morel scored a run in the Charlotte victory and picked up two hits in the process. Another former Voyager, 2007 alumni Jim Gallagher, had a base knock as well and also scored. These two squads will play the second game of this four-games set tonight at 5:05. Charles Leesman (0-0, 0.00) will be making his third start of the season for Charlotte. He has yet to allow a run in ten innings of work.
The Barons (37-21) lost for the first time in five games last night, as they fell 5-1 to Huntsville (25-31). 2010 Voyagers hurler Spencer Arroyo (4-4) did not have his strongest outing in the loss, as he exited after 4 2/3 innings–allowing five runs on nine hits. Ex-Voyager Kevin Vance (2011) would then come in to pitch for Birmingham and toss 2 1/3 scoreless frames while striking out two. At the plate, 2011 Voyager Keenyn Walker collected two of the Barons three hits and drove in the team’s only run. These two squads will play game three of their series tonight at 5:43. 2011 Voyager Erik Johnson (5-2, 2.26) will be on the mound for Birmingham, as he looks to win his fourth straight start. Over that stretch, Johnson has only allowed four earned runs in 22 1/3 innings of work, and he has struck out 17.
The bats certainly came out to play last night for Winston-Salem (30-28), as they smacked around Salem (25-31) for a 12-5 victory. 2012 White Sox first round draft pick Courtney Hawkins had a big day at the plate with his ninth and tenth home runs of the season. Hawkins has now gone yard three times in the past two days. 2011 Voyagers outfielder Mark Haddow also had a nice showing at the dash, as he notched two doubles and scored three times. Ex-Voyager Adam Heisler (2011) also contributed with two runs batted in of his own and a run. The Dash and Red Sox will play game four of this five-game tilt tonight at 5:05. Myles Jaye (3-0, 4.07) will be making the start for Winston-Salem. The righty will be making his fifth start for Winston-Salem since being called up from Kannapolis–where he had a 4-1 record in seven starts.
The Intimidators (19-36) dropped the first game of their series against Hagerstown (31-23) last night by the score of 8-2. Tony Bucciferro (0-1) got charged with the loss for Kannapolis, as he allowed five runs (3 ER) over 4 2/3 innings in his first outing of the year. 2012 Voyager Zach Isler came on in the fifth inning to allow three runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 frames. Another member of last year’s Great Falls pitching staff, Ryan Bollinger, would close the game out by tossing a scoreless eighth. Former Voyagers catcher Mike Marjama (2012) was one of the lone bright spots for the Intimidators, as he went 3-4 and drove in one of the team’s two runs. Kannapolis and Hagerstown are scheduled to play a doubleheader today at 4:05. Braulio Ortiz (0-1, 3.00) is slated to start game one, while Dixon Anderson (4-2, 2.50) will start game two.
Voyagers Alumni of the Night
Mark Haddow (2011)
3-5, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI in last night’s 12-5 win over Salem