The above video is basically the only highlight of the night for Charlotte and Birmingham — combined. However, Winston-Salem won in one of the most exciting ways possible.
Ryan Cordell: 0-for-4, 3 K
Daniel Palka: 1-for-4, HR (1), RBI ***MVP***
Matt Skole: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 K
Chris Beck: 3 IP, BB, 6 K
L: Tyler Danish (0-1), 2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Juan Minaya: IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
A rough one in Charlotte’s home opener as RF Daniel Palka provided the lone highlight of the night with a solo homer in the fourth inning. Knights batters only managed three other hits, while striking out 11 times. Chris Beck left a scoreless game after three innings only to watch Tyler Danish struggle in his two innings of work.
Dreams come true at Regions Field! Congrats to Jay and Jordyn!!! pic.twitter.com/LCE0THtl9F— Birmingham Barons (@BhamBarons) April 13, 2018
Tito Polo: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
Zack Collins: 0-for-3, BB, 2 K
L: Jordan Stephens (0-2), 4 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, BB, K
Brad Goldberg: 2 IP, 3 K
The real MVPs in this one are the couple in the video above who got engaged on the field during the game. Stephens got lit up early for five runs over the first two innings and the Barons never got close, with only five hits on the night while striking out 12 times. C Zack Collins’ hitless affair saw his batting average fall to .059 on the season.
Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-for-5, 2B
Blake Rutherford: 2-for-5
Alex Call: 1-for-4, 2B, R, BB
Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, RBI, BB
Micker Adolfo: 2-for-5
Yeyson Yrizarri: 3-for-5, 2B, R
Ti’Quan Forbes: 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, 3 BB ***MVP***
Bernardo Flores: 6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
W: Mike Morrison (2-0), 2 IP, BB, 2 K
The Dash won this one on... a mad dash home by pinch-runner Joel Booker, who stole home in the 10th inning to win the game. SS Yeyson Yrizarri had three hits including a double and a run scored, but the biggest thorn in the side of the Mudcats was 3B Ti’Quan Forbes who reached base four times, doubled and drove in a run. Flores turned in the quality start, allowing only two runs over six solid frames.
Inspired by team president's son, Kannapolis has set aside a sensory-friendly space for kids who may be overwhelmed by the ballpark experience: https://t.co/UfldXLOsms #AutismAwarenessMonth pic.twitter.com/bOFIe55vgP— MiLB.com (@MiLB) April 12, 2018
Luis Gonzalez: 3-for-5
Johan Cruz: 2-for-4
Justin Yurchak: 1-for-4, 2B, R
Craig Dedelow: 1-for-4, HR (1), 2 RBI
Evan Skoug: 1-for-4, 2B, R
Tate Blackman: 2-for-4, HR (3), 2 RBI ***MVP***
Blake Battenfield: 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 K
Yosmer Solorzano: IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB
L: Kevin Escorcia (0-1), IP, H, 2 ER, K
The Intimidators bats were alive early, plating four runs in the first inning and holding a 4-1 lead at the seventh-inning stretch. However, the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, surrendering five runs to the RiverDogs over the final two frames. The I’s slugged 12 hits on the night including the third homer of the season for 2B Tate Blackman and the first home run of the year for LF Craig Dedelow.