Barons, Dash keep rolling
The Knights (27-39) and Iron Pigs (33-32) split their doubleheader last night in Eastern Pennsylvania. Despite taking a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning, Charlotte would fall in game one by the score of 2-1. 2008 Voyager Brent Morel had the lone RBI for the Knights in the third inning thanks to a run-scoring single. Starter Andre Rienzo (5-4) went the distance (7 IP) in the loss, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out seven. Charlotte would bounce back in game two, as they took care of business 8-4. A six-run fourth inning and the pitching of southpaw Charles Leesman (1-0) propelled the Knights to victory. The lefty tossed six innings of three-run ball in his fourth start of the season. 2007 Voyager Jim Gallagher helped the offensive cause with an RBI and a run scored. Morel also contributed with a base knock and a run. The Knights have the day off today, and they return home tomorrow to begin a four-game set against Columbus.
A day after clinching the first half North Division crown, the Barons (41-24) bats came to play against Jacksonville (32-30) in their 10-0 victory. 2011 Voyager Erik Johnson (7-2) dazzled once again, as he tossed five scoreless innings of no-hit ball. Tw0 Birmingham relief arms, including 2011 Voyager Salvador Sanchez then scattered two hits over four more scoreless innings. Two ex-Voyagers also had big nights at the plate, as Andy Wilkins (2010) went 2-5 with a homer and 3 RBI and Trayce Thompson (2009) hit a two-run dinger. The Barons will not be in action tonight, but they resume their ten-game homestand tomorrow at 6:05 against the Jackson Generals.
The Dash were victorious last night with a 7-2 win over Lynchburg. A three-run third inning gave Winston-Salem the lead, and they would never look back. Chris Bassitt (6-2) went 6 1 /3 innings and only allowed one run, as his squad now sits one game behind division leading Myrtle Beach with the first half of the Carolina League season winding down. 2012 Voyager Brandon Hardin went the remainder of the way, allowing one run on four hits and striking out three. From the dish, ex-Voyagers Adam Heisler (2011) and Martin Medina (2011) each tacked on an RBI to help the Dash cause. Winston-Salem is back in action tonight at 5:00. 2013 Carolina League All-Star and 2012 Voyager Christopher Beck (6-6, 2.79) takes the ball for the Dash. The righty has picked up the win in his past four starts dating back to May 23.
The Intimidators (23-40) dropped both games of their doubleheader yesterday to Augusta (34-29). Kannapolis fell in the first game by the score of 9-3. Jefferson Olacio (2-8) only lasted 4 1/3 innings and surrendered five runs on eight hits. Despite the loss, 2012 Voyager Michael Johnson did drive in one of the Intimidators three runs. It would be a similar story for Kannapolis in game two, as they lost 7-1. Similar to Olacio, game two starter Braulio Ortiz (0-2) also had a brief outing. The righty tossed 3 1/3 innings and gave up six runs (four earned) on five hits. The only run scored by the Intimidators on the night came off the bat of Jason Coats, as he slugged his fourth homer of 2013 in the first inning. Kannapolis is back at it tonight against Augusta at 5:05. Euclides Leyer (2-7, 5.14) gets the nod for the Intimidators.
Voyagers Alumni of the Night
Erik Johnson (2011)
5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 5 K in last night’s 10-0 win over Jacksonville