Danny Mendick: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.269 BA, .791 OPS)
Daniel Palka: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K (.273 BA, .975 OPS)
Zack Collins: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K (.248 BA, .897 OPS)
Dylan Cease: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (3.26 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) **MVP**
It would have been a big loser of a game for the Knights if not for Dylan Cease. The offense, well, was terrible. The Knights only reached base six times (four hits and two walks) and struck out 10 times. On top of that, only Paulo Orlando collected an extra-base hit. Now, to the good part. Cease went seven strong innings while only allowing two runs. He threw 65 strikes compared to 35 balls, which did result in two walks. His command was much better this time out, though he did not generate many strikeouts. But for any pitcher in Triple-A this year, seven innings and two runs allowed is fantastic, even if the Knights lost 2-0.
Here is a view from the rooftop of Luis Robert belting a two-run triple to left-center at the Rickwood Classic pic.twitter.com/kzxaT147yB— James Fegan (@JRFegan) May 29, 2019
Luis Robert: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP** (.309 BA, .906 OPS)
Luis Basabe: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K (.239 BA, .610 OPS)
Luis Gonzalez: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.234 BA, .618 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K (.234 BA, .596 OPS)
Laz Rivera: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.230 BA, .569 OPS)
Jimmy Lambert: 4 1⁄3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 8 K (4.22 ERA, 1.52 WHIP)
Hunter Schryver: 1 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (1.69 ERA, 1.09 WHIP)
Zack Burdi: 1 2⁄3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (7.71 ERA, 1.94 WHIP)
Jimmy Lambert did not have one of his good days today and it showed right away. Two quick runs were scored off Lambert in the first, as his command was shaky all day: five walks and 41 of 93 pitches outside the zone. There was a spark of hope in the fourth inning from the Barons bats, sending home four runners, two from the bat of Luis Robert on a triple, his second with the Barons. Nate Nolan and Luis González were responsible for the other two RBI of the inning. But that was about it for Birmingham. Lambert allowed one more run, and was pulled for Hunter Schryver, who gave up a run in his outing as well. Finally and unfortunately, it is time to be worried about Zack Burdi. Though he did not walk anybody, he allowed four hits and three runs, to push his Double-A ERA well into the sevens while being tagged with the loss.
Nick Madrigal: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB (.276 BA, .738 OPS)
Steele Walker: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.225 BA, .678 OPS)
John Parke: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K **MVP** (3.43 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
It was a slow start for the Dash, as their first runs did not come until the fifth inning. Meanwhile, starter John Parke was electric. He went seven innings and only allowed one run, as he kept the Mudcats from taking control of the game. Carolina was the first to score (in the third inning), but they didn’t get a run across for the rest of the game. Meanwhile, Nick Madrigal was hitting homers, the second one of his professional career! That was the only hit of the game for him, but his OPS has steadily climbed the past few weeks, as his power finally emerges. Tyler Frost added a home run himself, as the Dash offense came late and often. All nine of their runs came after the fourth inning in the 9-1 win.