Minor League Recap - April 11th Games

Charlotte Starter Brian Cooper (Getty Images)

A solid effort by Brian Cooper (1-1) was wasted, as the Knights could not manage a run off of four Indians pitchers.

The Knights offense managed only seven hits, two each from Willie Harris and Cliff Brumbaugh, and no runs as the Knights dropped their game with the Indianapolis Indians 2-0. The Knights could not buy a clutch hit for the second straight game, stranding eight men on base.

 

Brian Cooper pitched very well, only giving up two earned runs in six innings, striking out five and walking none. Unfortunately, Cooper's strong outing was not enough, as Pasqual Coco (1-1) picked up the win for the Indians. Coco pitched five strong innings, giving up four hits while striking out three Knights batters. The Indians' bullpen was even better, pitching four innings and allowing only three hits.

 

Charlotte will try and even up the series tonight, sending Jon Rauch (1-0) to oppose Mark Guerra (0-0) on the hill.

 

The Barons snapped their three game losing streak defeating Carolina 4-1, behind a dominating performance by LHP Neal Cotts (2-0).

 

Neal Cotts was the main attraction in Birmingham last night, striking out 10 Mudcat batters in five innings, while yielding only three hits. The Barons gave Cotts just enough run support before he left in the 6th, scoring two runs in the bottom of the 4th.

 

Scott Bikowski led the Barons' offensive onslaught going three for four, while second baseman Guillermo Reyes was one for three with two runs driven in. Overall, the Barons pounded out nine hits, but left eight men on base.

 

The bullpen for the Barons pitched effectively, pitching four solid innings and giving up only an unearned run. Royce Ring pitched the 9th for the Barons, picking up his first save of the year.

 

Today, the Barons will continue their series with the Mudcats, with the starting pitchers yet to be announced.

 

The Warthogs showed no rust after their previous series was rained out, defeating the Salem Avalance 5-2.

 

The top of the order for the Warthogs was clicking last night, as second baseman Ruddy Yan and outfielder Mike Spidale scored three runs, pounded out six hits, and stole three bases. Yan has been on fire since the season began, as he is batting .529 (9-17) on the year.

 

Starting his first game of the year, Byeong An picked up the win by pitching 5 1/3 strong innings. Ryan Meaux was also impressive for the Warthogs, pitching three innings for his first save of the year.

 

DH Brian Becker provided the big hit for the Hogs, slamming a two run homer in the 2nd inning. The home run was Becker's second of the year.

 

Game two of the Warthogs-Avalance series will be played tonight at 7:15 PM EST, as Wyatt Allen tries to keep Winston-Salem's 4-0 record perfect.

 

Behind a great outing by Tim Bittner, the Kannapolis Intimidators defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 4-1.

 

The Intimidators' offense finally woke up and supported their pitching staff, providing two runs for starter Tim Bittner. Edgar Valera and Thomas Brice led the way with two hits each, and the Intimidators added two more runs in the 8th inning to seal the victory.

 

Bittner pitched superbly, striking out seven Shorebirds in six innings while only giving up three hits. Josh Rupe pitched a scoreless 9th for his first save of the year.

 

The only offense the Shorebirds could muster came off the bat off Tommy Arko, who went 3-3 with a single, double, and a home run, which came off of Todd Deininger.

 

The Intimidators will try to keep the momentum going tonight, facing off against the Shorebirds at 6:35 PM EST. Starters have not been announced.     

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