That ball is WAY outta here!— Charlotte Knights (@KnightsBaseball) June 14, 2019
Joel Booker hits one out of sight for his first Triple-A home run to cut the Syracuse lead to 5-3 in the 5th! pic.twitter.com/Eo31XVuIFm
Daniel Palka: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.257 BA, .911 OPS)
Zack Collins: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.258 BA, .878 OPS)
Joel Booker: 3-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K (.216 BA, .617 OPS) **MVP**
Colton Turner: 5 2⁄3 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K (6.10 ERA, 1.57 WHIP)
Zach Thompson: 1 1⁄3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (5.59 ERA, 1.72 WHIP)
What started out well for the Knights quickly turned sour — quickly, as in over the course of one inning. The Knights struck first in the first to open the game, with an RBI double from none other than Daniel Palka. However, Colton Turner ran into some trouble in the bottom half of the inning. He allowed five runs including one from a wild pitch. One would think at least one of those runs came off of a homer, but no, the other four came from balls in play, for an overall messy first. The Knights would play catch-up the rest of the game. Meanwhile, Joel Booker, who has not done very well since his promotion and has even lost out on playing time, found his stroke. He hit an RBI double in the second, and then decided to drive himself in with a home run in the fifth.
After the first inning, Turner settled down for 4 2⁄3 innings of shutout baseball, as he and the bullpen helped the Knights come back ... and they came all the way back. In the eighth inning, Alcides Escobar and Ivan De Jesus Jr. both drove in runs to tie the game at five. It did not last long though; in the bottom of the eighth, Caleb Frare allowed the go-ahead run to put the Mets ahead for good at 6-5.
Luis Robert: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K (.321 BA, .880 OPS)
Nick Madrigal: 3-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB (.538 BA, 1.248 OPS) **MVP**
Luis Basabe: 1-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.226 BA, .591 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.251 BA, .673 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K (.224 BA, .580 OPS)
Luis Gonzalez: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K (.228 BA, .618 OPS)
Tanner Banks: 6 2⁄3 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (2.96 ERA, 1.09 WHIP)
A bit of a pitchers’ duel early in this one, as both teams were held scoreless for the first three innings, or in the Jumbo Shrimp’s case, the first four. Must be something in Lake Purdy. The Barons meanwhile, broke the shutout in the fourth. After a Nick Madrigal double and an advance to third, Gavin Sheets drove in Madrigal on a force out to take the lead. Not the most exciting way to score, but the Barons still took advantage. However, the stalemate continued when the Jumbo Shrimp tied the game in the next half-inning using the same unconventional route, a ground out. Oddly enough, the ground out was to Sheets. Jacksonville would continue their scoring in the seventh inning, where a run was finally driven in via a hit. The Barons fell behind 2-1, and with the way offense has been in this series, that was all she wrote. The Jumbo Shrimp would add one more run, mere insult to injury.
Steele Walker: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K (.221 BA, .641 OPS)
Kade McClure: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K **MVP** (0.75 ERA, 1.08 WHIP)
Unlike the other A-ball squad you’ll check in with below, the Dash was locked into a pitching duel. Kade McClure looked fantastic throughout his outing, though he did had a little bit of a bases on balls problem. McClure threw six shutout innings, but also was tabbed with four walks on 31 balls thrown compared to 53 strikes. The walks didn’t kill him, though, because of the just two hits allowed, both of them were singles. Though the results from McClure were outstanding, the Winston-Salem offense did him no favors. Through his six innings, the Dash bats could only muster one hit, a double from Yeyson Yrizarri, but through nine innings, they never scored a run. In the bottom of the ninth, with José Nin pitching, the Mudcats added the first and only run of the game to win it.
Lenyn Sosa with an infield single but this Connor Kaiser kid from Greensboro has made some big league stops at SS today. pic.twitter.com/9rjH0VkXqt— Dan Victor (@slydanno70) June 14, 2019
Ian Dawkins: 2-for-3, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K (.348 BA, .877 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 3-for-5, 4 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K (.236 BA, .631 OPS) **MVP**
Bryce Bush: 1-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.200 BA, .640 OPS)
Luis Curbelo: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K (.175 BA, .524 OPS)
Sam Long: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (3.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)
The runs came early, and very often. After Sam Long allowed two runs in the top of the first inning, the I’s tied it right back up in the bottom of the inning. The Grasshoppers pitching ran into command trouble and walked home a run, and a ground out from Bryce Bush was the tying run. The big inning was the second. Lenyn Sosa drove in the first run with a single and then Alex Destino and Bush picked up their second RBIs of the night. Then the big hit came, from none other than Corey Zangari. He crushed a three-run homer to center, as the I’s put up a six-spot in the second. Of course, the Grasshoppers tacked on two more in the third, but again, the I’s kept pouring on the offense. Romy Gonzalez doubled to score two runs in the third, pushing the lead back to six for Kannapolis. In just three innings, the teams combined for 14 runs.
The I’s were not done yet. In the fifth, they put up four runs, as Gonzalez came back for RBIs three and four on a double. Destino would also drive in his third runner with a single, pushing the lead to 10. Greensboro would add two more runs to their total, but the I’s bats early on were just too much.
Anthony Espinoza: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K (.263 BA, .743 OPS)
Benyamin Bailey: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.407 BA, 1.037 OPS) **MVP**
Alberto Bernal: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.174 BA, .584 OPS)
Luis Rodriguez: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (2.08 ERA, 0.85 WHIP)
A rare, low-scoring game in the Dominican Republic, though still a characteristically sloppy one. Both teams combined for four errors, but it only led to one unearned run. Luis Rodriguez started the game for the Sox and got the loss after allowing two runs in the second inning. So far this season, his command has been much better, and he still is showing big-strikeout potential. The offense just came up short for him and the team today. Benyamin Bailey provided the only offense, with an RBI double in the eighth inning, but our DSLers were already down 4-0 by that point.