Spencer Adams: 4 2⁄3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Juan Minaya: 2 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (L, 1-1)
Zack Collins (C): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
Danny Mendick (SS): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, SB
Matt Skole (1B): 2-for-2, 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 0 K
D.J, Peterson (3B): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Ryan Goins (2B): 3-for-5, HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 0 K **MVP**
Sunday Funday Home Run Day! @Mattskole16 crushes one over the center field fence for his team-leading 7th home run of the season to tie the game!— Charlotte Knights (@KnightsBaseball) April 28, 2019
The Knights then add a run on a ground out to take a 2-1 lead after 2.
The Knights came up short again against Indianapolis, getting some big hits, but a homer in the ninth snatched the game away, 9-8.
Starter Spencer Adams had a wild pitch early in the top of the first which sent a run home. But Matt Skole, who had himself a stellar afternoon, blasted his seventh bomb of the season to get things even in the second. Joel Booker made his debut with the Knights this afternoon after dominating in Birmingham, and his GIDP in drove in D.J. Peterson. Booker got no hits, but walked and stole a base in the fifth, scoring on Ryan Goins’s three-run blast to left field to put Charlotte up, lead 8-5.
Danny Mendick’s throwing error in the eighth tied the game 8-8, and Indianapolis took the lead for good in the top of the ninth, with a home run off of Juan Minaya.
Felix Paulino: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HR (W, 3-1)
Hunter Schryver: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (H, 1)
Luis Basabe (CF): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Yermin Mercedes (C): 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 K **CO-MVP**
Micker Adolfo (DH): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Trey Michalczewski (3B): 1-for-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Ti’Quan Forbes (3B): 2-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 0 K **CO-MVP**
13 consecutive games with a hit for @ymercedes73 after a 4th inning single— Birmingham Barons (@BhamBarons) April 28, 2019
He has also reached base safely in each of his 14 games this season!#BuiltInBham | #WhiteSox
- @hannahkstone pic.twitter.com/kSoE3OK3oC
Roster note: Luis Basabe was promoted from his rehab assignment at Winston-Salem on Sunday, and got a start in his first game back in Birmingham, going 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
Pitching was the key to Birmingham snapping its losing streak this afternoon, holding Montgomery to only three runs. And a seventh-inning storm from Barons batters didn’t hurt, either.
The Biscuits got the first run of the game in the third when catcher Brett Sullivan made a risky move and stole home.
Starter Felix Paulino (who ended up having a decent outing) allowed a solo homer in the fourth and allowed the Biscuits’ last run, in the sixth, off of an RBI single.
But then came the seventh for the Barons, a crooked number of five runs to ensure victory. Driving the offense were Yermin Mercedes, who had a great day at the plate (going 3-for-5 and extending his hitting streak to 13 games) and Ti’Quan Forbes (two-run single in the eighth).
Hunter Schryver collected two strikeouts and a fly out in the ninth to secure the win.
FINAL: The Barons snap their losing streak with a 7-3 victory over @BiscuitBaseball! A five-run seventh inning seals the deal. @TiquanF powers the way with 3 RBI and @ymercedes73 continues his hit streak— Birmingham Barons (@BhamBarons) April 28, 2019
The series wraps up tomorrow at 10:35 a.m.#BuiltInBham | #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/euMEKwhXUq
Blake Battenfield: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, HR **CO-MVP**
Kevin Escorcia: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 K (W, 1-1)
Luis Robert (CF): 1-for-2, HR (7), 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **CO-MVP**
Nick Madrigal (DH): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K
Jameson Fisher (1B): 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K
Zach Remillard (SS): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Tate Blackman (3B): 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 K, SF
JJ Muno (2B): 1-for-3, 0 RBI, 0 K
We told you this Luis Robert guy was good!— Winston-Salem Dash (@WSDashBaseball) April 28, 2019
Robert ties the ballgame at one against Frederick with a solo shot in the sixth.
The @whitesox superstar prospect leads the league with seven homers. pic.twitter.com/P1XX4nCmow
This summary is short and sweet, with the Dash winning a low-scoring game against the Keys. Another The key was a stellar pitching performance by Blake Battenfield with three strikeouts and just one earned run in six innings. Kevin Escorcia and José Nin held down the fort for the Dash after Battenfield’s day was done.
Frederick was the first on the board with a solo homer in the top of the second off of Battenfield. The Dash boys made sure it would be their only run, though. And meanwhile, all rumors of Luis Robert falling back to Earth are overblown. He’s back! Robert blasted a homer in the sixth to tie the game at 1-1. Tate Blackman came through for the team with a sac fly to right field in the seventh sending Zach Remillard home for the eventual winning run. Another nice afternoon win for Winston-Salem.
THAT'S THE BALLGAME!— Winston-Salem Dash (@WSDashBaseball) April 28, 2019
Winston-Salem secures its first series win at home this season with a 2-1 win over Frederick on Sunday.
+ @Blake_Bfield2: 6.0IP, 4H, 1R-ER, 3K; fourth quality start
+ Luis Robert: 1-for-2, solo homer (@MiLB_CarolinaLg-leading 7th HR) pic.twitter.com/JN6muE6Mdq
Taylor Varnell: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K (W,1-1)
Ian Dawkins (LF): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Steele Walker (CF): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K **MVP**
Luis Curbelo (3B): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
Amado Nuñez (1B): 3-for-5, 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 K
Logan Sowers (DH): 2-for-5, 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K
The Intimidators were looking good again this afternoon against the Rome Braves. Kannapolis got key hits, complemented by great pitching from Taylor Varnell and Zack Burdi.
K-Town started the show early, scoring five runs in the top of the fifth off of a Logan Sowers two-run double, a fielding error by the third baseman, and a Steele Walker two-run double. The I’s had it, 5-0.
Rome eventually got to Varnell, touching him for two runs in the fifth. Sam Long would relieved, but the Braves eventually got to Long, too, this time for a three-run triple in the seventh that tied the ballgame at 5-5.
Rome in fact took the lead in the eighth with a RBI single of of Burdi. No need to fear, though, because Bryce Bush (playing right field today, for the first time in his professional career) and Amado Nuñez hit RBI singles in the ninth to snatch the lead right back, 7-6.
Austin Conway took the ninth and had a 1-2-3 inning to get the victory! The Intimidators finished the series on a high note and head back home proud.