Johnson leads Barons, Knights win big

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AAA: Charlotte Knights

A five-run second inning propelled Charlotte (26-36) to a 10-5 victory over Pawtucket (36-25) last night.  Simon Castro (2-6) went six innings and allowed just two runs on four hits to collect his second straight victory in as many starts.  2008 Voyager Brent Morel would have a three-hit night at the plate and drove in a run as well.  Steve Tolleson would also crush a grand slam in the second inning and drove in a total of five runs.Knights catcher Josh Phegley went yard for the 12th time this season with a three-run shot in the fifth.    Charlotte has won two of their first three in this four-game set against the Paw Sox.  They will close out the series tonight at 5:05.  Jason Berken (4-5, 3.49) will be making the starts for the Knights.

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AA: Birmingham Barons

After having Wednesday’s game washed out, Birmingham (38-22) and Huntsville (26-32) played a doubleheader last night.  2011 Voyager Erik Johnson (6-2) tossed a seven-inning complete game en route to a 7-4 game one win.  The Barons got things going early with a four-run first inning, and they would never look back.  2011 Voyagers backstop Mike Blanke helped out his starter with a two-run homer in the third inning.  Also adding to the cause, was ex-Voyager Michael Earley (2010-11).  The Birmingham left fielder had two RBI on the night.  The Barons were not so fortunate during game two, as they fell to the stars by the score of 2-0.  Starter Jake Petricka tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball to keep the Barons in contention for a sweep of the twin bill, but 2011 Voyager Salvador Sanchez (1-3) would then come on in relief to allow two runs over 1 1/3 innings to get the loss.  Despite the loss, 2011 Voyager Keenyn Walker would collect two hits at the plate.  The Barons will return home tonight to begin a ten-game homestand.  They welcome in Jacksonville tonight at 6:05.  2011 Voyager Scott Snodgress (7-3, 4.21) will be making the start for Birmingham, as he goes for his third straight win.

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High A: Winston-Salem Dash

Winston-Salem knocked off Salem last night 5-4.   The Dash would take an 4-1 early lead after three innings, but they then saw the score tied at four at the end of six.  2011 Voyagers backstop Kevan Smith would break the tie in the top half of the eighth inning, as a run scored when he grounded in to a double play.  Jeremy Erben (2-0) came on in relief and picked up the win, after going three scoreless innings of one-hit ball.  2011 Voyager Cody Winiarski would pitch a scoreless ninth to notch his seventh save of 2013.  Former Voyager Mark Haddow (2011) would tack on an RBI and also score in the winning effort.  The Dash now head home for a six-game homestand.  They will start off with a three-game set against Wilmington, which begins at 5:05.  2012 Voyager Christopher Beck (5-6, 3.19) gets the nod for Winston-Salem.

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Low A: Kannapolis Intimidators

Last night’s game between Kannapolis and Hagerstown was postponed due to rain, and it will not be made up.  The Intimidators remain on the road this evening, as they head to Greensboro to start a four-game set.  Euclides Leyer (2-6, 4.95) takes the ball for Kannapolis.  He is looking for his first win since a May 10 victory over Asheville.  First pitch is scheduled for 5:00.

Voyagers Alumni of the Night

Erik Johnson (2011)

7.0 IP CG, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 K  in last night’s 7-4 win over Huntsville

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