Sweet hell, Eloy Jimenez wants to be promoted.
Michael Kopech wont' describe himself as "beyond ready" for the Majors. But he sounds ready to take that next big league challenge: https://t.co/EDIK1hOMn0— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) May 4, 2018
Columbus Clippers 7, Charlotte Knights 5
Jose Rondón (.286): 1-for-5, R, HR (4), RBI, 3 K
Jacob May (.247): 2-for-5, R, 2 2B (6), RBI, K
Kevan Smith (.300): 2-for-5, R, HR (4), 2 RBI, K **MVP**
Matt Skole (.265): 2-for-3, R, HR (2), RBI, BB
Dylan Covey (3.08): 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 K, HR, 35 GS, 76 pitches/43 strikes
Thyago Vieira (0-1, 6.92): 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, loss
Generally ugly game for Charlotte, with a poor start from Covey and a horrendous relief outing for Vieira (another three walks). The defense was a mixed bag: three errors, but five double plays and one outfield assist (Todd Cunningham cutting down a runner at second).
CYCLE WATCH: Baseball's No. 4 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez is a triple shy with three RBIs in the sixth for @BhamBarons. #WhiteSox— MiLB.com (@MiLB) May 5, 2018
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Birmingham Barons 5, Tennessee Smokies 4
Trey Michalczewski (.298): 1-for-2, R, 2 RBI
Zack Collins (.236): 1-for-2, R, 3 BB, K
Eloy Jimenez (.290): 3-for-5, R, 2B (4), HR (5), 3 RBI, K **MVP**
Seby Zavala (.276): 0-for-5, K
Jameson Fisher (.244): 3-for-5, 2B (4), CS (2), picked off first
Jordan Stephens (3-3, 3.48): 6 2⁄3 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 8 K, win, 61 GS, 93 pitches/64 strikes
Ian Hamilton (0.79): IP, 2 K, SV (5)
The Barons never trailed in the game, dominated by Jimenez and his bid for a cycle. In any other game, Collins and his four times on base, Stephens and a quality start, or Hamilton with another lights-out save could have earned the MVP. Zavala continues his slump, oddly coinciding with Collins heating up, although he did nail a baserunner at second on a steal attempt. Polo was removed for a defensive replacement after two at-bats, banged up a bit after while picked off of first base in the game.
.@cleansheets24 stroked a bases-clearing double, but the Dash fall 10-6 against the @bcreekastros on Friday in front of 7,288 fans (seventh-largest crowd in BB&T Ballpark history). pic.twitter.com/UFfP0yBLjO— Winston-Salem Dash (@WSDashBaseball) May 5, 2018
Buies Creek Astros 10, Winston-Salem Dash 6
Joel Booker (.350): 1-for-4, R, 3 K
Luis Alexander Basabe (.315): 1-for-3, R, 2B (8), 2 BB, threw out a runner at 3rd from CF **MVP**
Blake Rutherford (.344): 2-for-5, R, K
Micker Adolfo (.327): 1-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, K
Gavin Sheets (.274): 1-for-4, R, 2B (7), 3 RBI, BB, K
Yeyson Yrizarri (.225): 2-for-4, 2B (5), 2 RBI, K
Tanner Banks (0-2, 5.79): 4 1⁄3 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 3 ER, BB, K, loss, 23 GS, 85 pitches/56 strikes
Not the best effort for W-S, who were 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position. A lot of nice offensive highlights, but the pitching and defense allowed crooked numbers in three separate frames for the Astros.
Happy Star Wars Day! #MayTheFourthBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/MXTveV24fC— Kannapolis Intimidators (@Intimidators) May 4, 2018
Kannapolis Intimidators 11, Hagerstown Suns 0
Nolan Brown (.314): 3-for-5, 3 R, 2B (2), RBI **MVP**
Laz Rivera (.340): 2-for-4, 2 R
Craig Dedelow (.262): 1-for-5, R, 3B (3), 2 RBI
Anthony Villa (.347): 3-for-5, R, 2B (8), RBI, K
Tate Blackman (.323): 3-for-5, 2 RBI, K
Evan Skoug (.178): 1-for-4, 2 R, HR (3), 3 RBI, BB, 3 K
Blake Battenfield (2-1, 1.75): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K, win, 63 GS, 76 pitches/44 strikes
Three I’s with three-hit games, as the top of the batting order rocked a 5-for-9 night. The Dash get all the press, but don’t sleep on the Intimidators, either. Battenfield had another strong start, effectively wild for a 63 GS. Skoug was hot and cold, three Ks but a big homer as well.