Wright (0-2) took the loss for the Knights, but displayed he can go deep into games after his injury, throwing six innings of superb baseball. Wright gave up six hits and two earned runs, but struck out five while walking no Red Wing batters. Recently promoted Tetsu Yofu pitched the final three innings for the Knights, yielding one earned run on four hits. Yofu struck out three while walking one.
Charlotte’s offense was clicking, hammering out 10 hits, but could not buy a hit in the clutch, leaving eight men on base. Recent demotes Aaron Rowand and Josh Paul both had two hits for the Knights, with Paul driving in one on an RBI single. Outfielder Mario Valenzuela drove in the other Knight run, scorching a single, which scored Aaron Rowand who doubled earlier in the inning.
The Knights will try not to be swept tonight, as they finish their four game series with Rochester. Starters have not been announced.
Once again, the Barons offense was missing in action, as the Barons lost 2-1 to the Orlando Rays.
Neal Cotts (4-1) was shaky all night, but pitched well enough for the win. Cotts went five innings, giving up two hits, two earned runs, and four walks while striking out five. Cotts also hit Rays prospect Antonio Perez. Relievers Jake Meyer and Matt Smith pitched the final three frames for the Barons, giving up no earned runs.
Once again, the Barons offense was not to be found, only scattering six hits. Third baseman Ryan Hankins was the main source of offense for the Barons, going 3-3, all singles, while driving in a run. The rest of the offense went a combined 3-25.
The Barons will try to avoid being swept by Orlando tonight, with the probables being Dennis Ulacia (0-4) for the Barons, and Jim Magrane (2-2) for the Rays.
The Warthogs split a doubleheader with Wilmington, winning game one 6-1 but losing game two 15-1.
Hogs starter Franklin Francisco (2-1) rebounded from his previous outing where he couldn’t escape the first inning, throwing five solid innings for the win. Francisco gave up only one hit and two walks in his five innings of work, giving up an earned run but striking out four. Lefthander Ryan Meaux pitched the final two innings, giving up four hits but no earned runs. Meaux’s ERA to date stands at 0.00.
Ruddy Yan continued his productive season, going 1-2 with two runs scored, a walk, and his 17th stolen base of the year. Shortstop Mike Morse helped the offensive production by going 2-3 with an RBI.
Unfortunately, game two was a different story for the Hogs, as they were pummeled 15-1 by Wilmington. Starter Beyong An was rocked in his two innings of work, giving up six earned runs and six hits along with two walks. The bullpen was no better, giving up nine more runs, seven earned.
The only highlight on the offensive side for the Hogs was once again Ruddy Yan. Yan went 2-4 with his 18th stolen base of the year. Mike Morse drove in Daylan Holt for the Hogs only run of the game.
The Hogs will try to rebound from the pummeling they received in game two, sending Wyatt Allen (0-1) to oppose red-hot Wilmington starter Zack Greinke.
Kannapolis split a doubleheader with Hagerstown 4-2 and 2-0, but the story was Suns starter Clay Hensley, who pitched a perfect game in game two.
According to the box score, Paulino Reynoso started for the Intimidators, but left after one inning in which he gave up two earned runs. It is unknown whether Reynoso was injured. Starter B.J. LaMura filled in admirably, going the rest of the game (six innings), without giving up a run. The former Clemson Univ. pitcher gave up three hits as well as three walks, but struck out three.
Anthony Webster was once again the catalyst for the Intimidators, going 1-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored. Third baseman Edgar Valera also contributed, going 2-3 with an RBI. Designated hitter Charles Lisk went 1-3 with a homerun, his second of the year.
In game two, the main story did not come from the Intimidators, but from Suns starter Clay Hensley, who pitched a perfect game in seven innings. Hensley struck ten Intimidators batters without yielding a hit or a walk.
Kannapolis will try and seek revenge against Hagerstown tonight, with starters yet to be announced.