What happens when the lowest game score in your farm system is 61? You bank three wins, easy.
RECAP: Your #CLTKnights shut out the #Clippers by a score of 1-0 on Saturday.— Charlotte Knights (@KnightsBaseball) May 6, 2018
LHP T.J. House tossed seven shutout innings. #KnightsPrevail
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Charlie Tilson (.210): 1-for-4, RBI, K
Eddy Alvarez (.323): 3-for-4, R, 2B (3), K
T.J. House (1-3, 6.29): 7 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, win, 78 GS, 80 pitches/51 strikes **MVP**
Tyler Danish (3.78): IP, 2 K, hold (1), 14 pitches/10 strikes
Rob Scahill (3.46): IP, H, 2 K, SV (2), 16 pitches/13 strikes
This pitcher’s battle was decided in the top of the eighth, when Alvarez doubled to center, and after a May ground out, Tilson singled him in. That’s all the Knights would need, as House came out of nowhere to pitch the best game of anyone in the White Sox organization this season. Charlotte pitching allowed just two hits, and relievers Danish and Scahill threw just seven called balls all night.
FINAL: Tennessee 3, Birmingham 1— Birmingham Barons (@BhamBarons) May 6, 2018
W: De La Cruz (3-3)
L: Guerrero (1-3)
S: Brooks (2)
De La Cruz struck out 10 Birmingham batters while Brooks closed the door on a 9th inning rally. Ian Clarkin (3-2, 6.08) gets the rubber game start tomorrow at 1 PM CST.
Eloy Jimenez (.303): 2-for-4, R, 2 K
Seby Zavala (.270): 0-for-2, 2 BB, K, two SB against
Mason Robbins (.438): 2-for-4, 2 K
Jordan Guerrero (1-3, 6.49): 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 8 K, loss, 61 GS, 101 pitches/65 strikes
Connor Walsh (5.11): 1 2⁄3 IP, BB, 5 K, 24 pitches/17 strikes **MVP**
It was a tough night offensively for the Barons, with 14 strikeouts against six walks, 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and eight left on base. With that hill to climb, Guerrero giving up three runs in the first inning pretty well buried Birmingham. Walsh kept it close in relief, though, striking out five of the six batters he faced.
Joel Booker (.341): 1-for-5, R, 3 K
Luis Alexander Basabe (.302): 0-for-4, 3 K
Micker Adolfo (.327): 1-for-3, R, 2B (10), BB, K
Gavin Sheets (.276): 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB
Alex Call (.238): 1-for-3, R, HR (3), 2 RBI
Blake Rutherford (.352): 1-for-1, R, HR (1), 2 RBI
Bernardo Flores (2-2, 3.25): 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, HR, win, 64 GS, 95 pitches/60 strikes **MVP**
José Ruiz (2.92): 2 IP, 4 K, SV (2), 27 pitches/20 strikes
It’s hard to keep the Dash down, no doubt. One out into the game, Abraham Toro took Flores deep for a two-run homer, and from there, Flores shut the Stros down. Winston-Salem stormed back to win, with six unanswered runs. Call got the game-winning RBI with a two-run homer in the sixth. Interestingly, the final two Dash runs came two innings later, when Rutherford pinch-hit for Call and hit a two-run homer of his own.
Nolan Brown (.325): 2-for-5, 2 R, K
Laz Rivera (.346): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 K
Craig Dedelow (.277): 3-for-5, R, 3B (4), 2 RBI
Anthony Villa (.370): 3-for-5, 2B (9), 4 RBI, K
John Parke (4-1, 1.80): 6 IP, 5 H, R, 0 BB, 8 K, 71 GS, 80 pitches/57 strikes **MVP**
It’s another top-of-the-order romp for the I’s, as Brown and Rivera combine for four of Kanny’s 15 hits and four of the team’s seven runs. Dedelow cracks a triple in his second straight game, Evan Skoug cracks a homer in his second straight as well, and Villa has simply lost his mind. Parke claims the MVP with a stellar night, including eight Ks against zero walks.