2️⃣ @alcidesescobar2 and @zackcollins0 each go deep to give the Knights a 4-2 lead!— Charlotte Knights (@KnightsBaseball) June 7, 2019
Collins’ shot was a towering 444 feet out of BB&T Ballpark and onto Mint Street! #HomeRunKnights pic.twitter.com/NWS9646txT
Daniel Palka: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K (.252 BA, .917 OPS)
Zack Collins: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP** (.261 BA, .907 OPS)
Danny Mendick: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.260 BA, .757 OPS)
Justin Nicolino: 7 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (4.20 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)
It was a fun one for the Knights tonight. First, Justin Nicolino and the defense had a great day. Though Nicolino did allow two runs, they all came in the first three innings, while the Knights scored five unanswered runs. On the defensive side, Charlotte had an errorless game with three double plays to help the bats take and keep the lead. For the offense, well, it was mostly about the long ball. The Knights tied the game in the fourth because of Danny Mendick. He drove in the first run with a single and then proceeded to steal second base. However, because of a poor throw from the catcher on the attempt, Zack Collins came in to score the tying run. Then the homers came. Alcides Escobar and Collins went back-to-back in the sixth to take the lead. Daniel Palka added an insurance homer in the eighth to finalize the win at 5-2.
Luis Robert: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K (.331 BA, .914 OPS)
Nick Madrigal: 3-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K , 2 SB **MVP** (.750 BA, 1.500 OPS)
Luis González: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K (.226 BA, .620 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.256 BA, .685 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 3-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 SB (.215 BA, .568 OPS)
Laz Rivera: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K (.241 BA, .584 OPS)
Tanner Banks: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (3.00 ERA, 1.08 WHIP)
It was a big day down in Birmingham, with the debut of Nick Madrigal. He made an immediate impact, collecting three hits and two stolen bases. He was not the only high-profile prospect that had a good game, though. Blake Rutherford added three hits of his own and two stolen bases as well; in total, the Barons stole five bases on the day. Gavin Sheets hit his seventh homer of the season, a two-run shot, now one more than he had in the entire 2018 season. The rest of the scoring came off the bats of Ti’Quan Forbes and Alfredo González in the Barons 4-3 win.
Steele Walker: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.214 BA, .629 OPS)
Craig Dedelow: 3-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP** (.255 BA, .769 OPS)
Cristian Castillo: 2 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (3.49 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)
The Dash were out ahead early and stayed ahead for the entire game. Jameson Fisher opened up the scoring in the first with an RBI double, and Craig Dedelow hit his ninth homer of the year to bring the score to 2-0. Castillo was cruising through his 2 1⁄3 innings pitched but he left with an apparent arm injury in the third, and it became a bullpen game from there. The Dash pen only allowed one run (the other run was unearned) while striking out eight the rest of the way. Codi Heuer was pitching when that unearned run came in, but he was clocked at throwing 98 mph — it seems like his move to the bullpen added some giddyup in the fastball. Meanwhile, the Dash added three more runs: Dedelow hit a two-RBI double and Yeyson Yrizarri drove in the fifth and final run for the Dash.
Ian Dawkins: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K (.346 BA, .877 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.232 BA, .614 OPS)
Bryce Bush: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K (.212 BA, .668 OPS)
Davis Martin: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K **MVP** (6.43 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)
Unlike Winston-Salem, Kannapolis was down early, and down for the entire game, in the 3-1 loss. Davis Martin allowed a run in the first inning, and another came around to score because of an error in the third. Davis has been terrific in his last three starts, and hopefully this success can continue. With a bunch of pitchers chosen in this past week’s draft, if Martin can get rolling, there should be a promotion in his future. On the bad side, Ian Dawkins’ hit and on-base streak were snapped in today’s game. The lone offensive highlight came off the bat of Michael Hickman. He hit his third home run of the season in the eighth inning, but it was already too late as the GreenJackets pitching was dominant.
Anthony Espinoza: 1-for-4, 4 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.316 BA, .890 OPS)
Wilber Sanchez: 4-for-7, 2 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP** (.375 BA. 958 OPS)
Francisco Bentez: 2 2⁄3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (16.88 ERA, 2.63 WHIP)
Well, I mean, it was an 18-13 game with eight total errors. I’m not sure if this was the most exciting game this season on the White Sox farm or one of the most upsetting. Six different DSL Sox had multiple hits, including our MVP, Wilber Sanchez. Benyamin Bailey also kept his hot streak going at the plate with three more hits. He is now hitting .571 over the first four games of the year. Another important note from this game, Enoy Jiménez finally appeared, as a pinch-runner who came around to score. Enoy was one of the nine runs scored by the DSL Sox in the eighth and ninth innings to rally from a 13-9 deficit.