I’m in Charlotte, watching the Knights lay waste to the Norfolk Tides pitching staff with six homers, including a grand slam from Danny Hayes (see above). Be prepared for a few posts over the next week. Meanwhile, Michael Kopech’s line made me laugh out loud.
Top prospects at a glance
- Yoan Moncada: 1-for-5, HR.
- Lucas Giolito: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 3 HBPs.
- Michael Kopech: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP
- Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-for-4, BB, SB.
- Zack Collins: 1-for-3, HR, BB, 2 K, PO.
- Dane Dunning: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.
- Adam Engel went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts (both looking on full counts; he didn’t care for the calls).
- Yoan Moncada went 1-for-5 with his first Charlotte homer.
- Willy Garcia was 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk.
- Nicky Delmonico was a double short of the cycle on a 3-for-4 night. He also walked.
- Danny Hayes went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and a two-run shot. He struck out once.
- Lucas Giolito: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He looked good through three, but told me that he stopped finishing his pitches as the count piled up, resulting in three HBPs. Fastball was in the low 90s.
- The Knights officially added Mike Pelfrey to the roster, and they also signed Ryan Raburn to take the spot of Rymer Liriano, who went on the disabled list.
- Eddy Alvarez went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Trey Michalczewski, 1-for-4 with a walk, strikeout and stolen base.
- Courtney Hawkins is getting whiplash: 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
- Nick Basto was 2-for-4 with a strikeout and an HBP.
- Alfredo Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.
- Michael Kopech: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP. That’s 10 of 13 outs by strikeouts, in other words.
- Luis Alexander Basabe went 0-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
- Johan Cruz, 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
- Alex Call went 1-for-5, and 1-for-2 on the basepaths.
- Zack Collins hit his first homer. He also drew a walk, struck out twice and was picked off.
- Aaron Schnurbusch was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Joel Booker went 1-for-5.
- Jameson Fisher, 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
- Dane Dunning made a strong entrance: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.