Things turned bad after three for Kopech.
Charlie Tilson: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 0 K
Matt Skole: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP**
Kevan Smith: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Patrick Leonard: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
Michael Kopech: 3 1⁄3 IP, 5 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Well, after rumors swirled around a potential Kopech promotion, the phenom put up a performance that warrants at least one more minor league start. This is the second straight game for Kopech where he was unable to make it to the fifth inning. Things started out well, as Kopech was solid through three innings with only one earned run, and a Skole home run in the first inning. What doomed the Knights and Kopech was an eight-run fourth inning, as Charlotte was routed, 12-2.
Zack Collins: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K **MVP**
Eloy Jimenez: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K
Seby Zavala: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
Matt Rose: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K
Jameson Fisher: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Ian Clarkin: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 0 K
Jiménez was able to keep his hitting streak alive with a 1-for-5 performance against Pensacola pitching. His hitting streak is at 15 games. The first few innings were a breeze for the Barons and Clarkin — until the fifth. The Blue Wahoos were able to tie the Barons with three runs fifth in the frame, then took the lead and never looked back in the sixth. Clarkin’s four earned runs was his least allowed since April 20. Collins was able to open up the scoring for the Barons with a two-run homer in the first, but the Barons couldn’t keep the lead.
Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Alex Call: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K **MVP**
Blake Rutherford: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
Micker Adolfo: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
Gavin Sheets: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI 0 BB, 1 K
Yeyson Yrizarri: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
Dylan Cease: 2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
The roughest start of the day — and that includes the White Sox’s Carson Fulmer — has to go to Cease. After his last two starts totaling 13 innings and one earned run. Cease blew up for seven earned in six outs. The Wood Ducks had all 10 of their runs by the sixth inning, going up 10-1. The Dash were able to score five runs from the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings to make the final score respectable, with the big blow being Call’s three-run homer in the ninth. But the story of the day belonged to Cease, as he came into the game sporting a 1.95 ERA that has now ballooned to 3.67.
Luis Gonzalez: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Craig Dedelow: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**
Justin Yurchak: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K
Evan Skoug: 0-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K
John Parke: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Kannapolis was in a weird one today. Their starter, Parke, was pulled after three outs, and Tate Blackman was taken out of the game after one plate appearance that led to a run. The bullpen was able to keep the I’s in the game for the remaining eight innings; unfortunately, Kannapolis only mustered four hits (including home runs from Dedelow and Tyler Frost). Kannapolis was able to come back from a one-run deficit twice, but could never take the lead because of the lackluster hitting.