Barons clinch 1st half title
The Knights (26-38) and Iron Pigs (32-31) were washed out last night in Eastern Pennsylvania. The rain-out will be made up as part of a doubleheader this evening. Game one is set to get underway at 4:00, and Charlotte’s Andre Rienzo (5-3, 6.02) will be making the start. As for the second game, Charles Leesman (0-0, 1.20) gets the nod for the Knights.
Birmingham (40-24) wrapped up their first half Northern Division crown on Monday night. After falling in their completion of Sunday’s suspended game 7-2, the Barons knocked off Jacksonville (32-29) in the regularly scheduled game by the score of 7-3. 2011 Voyager Spencer Arroyo (2011) picked up his first win since May 24, after tossing five innings of two-run ball. Birmingham would benefit from a five-run second inning, which gave them a lead that they help for the remainder of the game. Ex-Voyager Michael Blanke (2010) homered later in the contest during the sixth inning–his fifth of 2013. The Barons and the Suns will conclude their five-game set tonight at 6:05. 2011 Voyager Erik Johnson (6-2, 2.53) will make the start for Birmingham.
High A: Winston-Salem Dash
Despite scoring six runs in the first two innings, the Dash (34-30) fell to Lynchburg (33-29) by the score of 10-9. Despite the loss, 2012 White Sox first round pick Courtney Hawkins continued to have success at the plate. In the first inning, he slugged his 12th dinger of the season and drove in two runs. 2011 Voyagers Kevan Smith and Adam Heisler also were involved in the Dash scoring, as they each drove in a run. The Dash resume their ten-game homestand tonight at 5:00. Righty Chris Bassitt (5-2, 3.74) will make the start for Winston-Salem.
Last night’s scheduled game between Kannapolis (23-38) and Augusta (32-29) was postponed due to rain, and it was rescheduled for a doubleheader this evening. Jefferson Olacio (2-7, 6.75) will get the nod for the Intimidators in game one, which is set to start at 3:00. Following that contest, Braulio Ortiz (0-1, 2.61) will take the ball for Kannapolis.
Voyagers Alumni of the Night
Spencer Arroyo (2010)
5.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 5 K in last night’s win over Jacksonvile