FINAL: Barons 3, Jumbo Shrimp 1— Birmingham Barons (@BhamBarons) August 21, 2018
W: @MatthewJTomshaw (5-7)
L: Neidert (11-7)
S: Ruiz (13)
Jose Ruiz blows a fastball past Eric Jagielo to end this one with the tying runs on base.
The Barons win their second straight in Jacksonville as Tomshaw beats his old squad. #NextSox pic.twitter.com/B3WD8yV1Tg
Joel Booker: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**
Luis Basabe: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
Zack Collins: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Alex Call: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
Matt Tomshaw: 6 IP, 5 H. 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Jose Ruiz: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Matt Tomshaw got off on the right foot, and that was all the Barons needed for the win. Joel Booker, Luis Basabe and Jose Ruiz took care of the rest. Booker had the better game with three hits, including a double, and also drove in the game’s first run. He would go on to score on Basabe’s two-run homer. Meanwhile, while in to close the game, Ruiz almost let the it go as he put two runners on base, but he was able to punch out the last two hitters for his 13th save.
Intimidators win!! pic.twitter.com/gqbDZAWFkN— Kannapolis Intimidators (@Intimidators) August 20, 2018
Luis Curbelo: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K
Steele Walker: 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
Ian Dawkins: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K
Ramon Beltre: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K
Parker Rigler: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Kevin Escorcia: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K **MVP**
Like the weather in Kannapolis the last couple days, this game was dreary. The I’s completed three innings yesterday and finished the other six today, with the pitching standing out. Kevin Escorcia, Will Kincannon and Jose Nin completed the shutout that Parker Rigler started. The only run of the game came when Steele Walker drove in Tyler Frost with a sacrifice fly. Other than that, the offense was terrible. Kannapolis only had two hits the entire game and struck out nine times (nine times) compared to one walk. But thanks to the pitching, the I’s were able to keep pace in the wild card race.
Luis Curbelo: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K
Steele Walker: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K
Ian Dawkins: 0-for-2, 0 BB, 0 K
Spencer Moran: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K **MVP**
You win some and you lose some, and sometimes on the same day. Again, it was a game with scarce offense, this time it was Kannapolis who was shut out on only two hits. Luis Curbelo recorded one of those hits, a single. Meanwhile, the only real person to contribute positively was Spencer Moran. He got a quality start and 61 game score, keeping the I’s inept offense in the game.
Romy Gonzalez: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Bryce Bush: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K **MVP**
Matt Portland: 5 1⁄3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Great Falls got out to a torrid, three-run start in the first inning, and it looked like Matt Portland would sail home for a victory. However, the fifth and sixth innings came and the Voyagers let six runs go across the plate. But then, Bryce Bush hit his second homer in Great Falls and three more runs were tacked on as Great Falls took back the lead. Alas, the lead was not meant to be, as the Raptors crushed a three-run homer in the next half-inning. The Voyagers fell behind, and it would stay that way.
Ty Greene: 3-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
Cabera Weaver: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Luis Mieses: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K
Lency Delgado: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
Sean Thompson: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP**
Sean Thompson was brilliant in his start. He only went four innings pitched but only allowed one hit. Unfortunately, the AZL bullpen would allow three runs to put the Giants in front. The AZL Sox made it on base 10 times in the game, but only scored twice. Ty Greene was the most productive, with three singles. His batting average is up to .342 since he was drafted. The AZL Sox gave away what should have been a winner.
Sidney Pimentel: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
Samil Polanco: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K
Yoelvin Silven: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K **MVP**
There was not many positives for the DSL Sox. Their defense was bad, especially at keeping runners from stealing. They had three errors and allowed six stolen bases. The offense was equally terrible. It struck out 11 times and only reached base six. The real only bright spot was Yoelvin Silven. He was cruising through four innings with no runs allowed, but he had trouble in the fifth. He did only allow two runs in the inning, but he gave away the lead and was pulled from the game.