Two remarkable things made the Kannapolis Intimidators’ 6-5 victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Thursday night possible.
No. 1: Jake Burger hit for the cycle. And he did it within regulation. The White Sox’ first-round pick singled, homered, tripled, walked, and then doubled with one out in the ninth inning. He closed out his game with a bunt single in the 11th inning, giving some credence to the idea that he’s more athletic than he looks.
No. 2: Grant Massey threw three scoreless innings. He picked up the win by pitching the ninth, 10th and 11th innings as Kanny’s fifth pitcher of the night, allowing three hits but striking out three. This is notable, because here’s Massey’s experience as a professional ballplayer since the White Sox selected him in the 26th round of the 2015 draft entering Thursday:
- Shortstop: 148 games, 86 starts
- Second base: 53 games, 52 starts
- Third base: 53 games, 51 starts
- First base: 19 games, 15 starts
- Pitcher: 1 game.
Now he has two appearances as a pitcher. Both have been appearances of three scoreless innings. His other appearance, that one on Aug. 5, also occurred against Greensboro. He shifted from shortstop handled the 11th, 12th and 13th innings before handing the ball to catcher Casey Schroeder, who lost the game in his second inning of work.
- Jake Peter went 0-for-2 with a walk.
- Rymer Liriano, 1-for-3.
- Matt Davidson struck out in all three plate appearances in his first rehab game.
- Danny Hayes was 1-for-2 with a walk.
- Jacob May went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and an HBP, and was caught stealing.
- Eddy Alvarez was 0-for-2 with a K.
- Tyler Danish: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
- Jake Peter went 0-for-4 with a K, as did Jacob May.
- Rymer Liriano singled and walked twice.
- Casey Gillaspie went 1-for-3 with a homer.
- D.J. Peterson, 1-for-3 with a double.
- Eddy Alvarez went 0-for-3.
- Joel Booker went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
- Seby Zavala went 2-for-4 with a homer, walk and strikeout.
- Jameson Fisher and Yeyson Yrizarri were both 1-for-4.
- Jimmy Lambert: 2.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
*Chris Getz said during Thursday’s game that Alec Hansen will make his next start at Birmingham on Monday.
- Luis Gonzalez went 0-for-3 with three walks and a stolen base.
- Alex Call was 1-for-5 with a double and a walk.
- Blake Rutherford went 3-for-5 with a double, walk and strikeout.
- Jake Burger cycled: homer, triple, double, two singles and a walk.
- Gavin Sheets went 2-for-6 with two strikeouts.
- Grant Massey: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.
- Justin Yurchak went 3-for-5 with a double.
- Craig Dedelow was 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
- Franklin Reyes went 0-for-4.
- Sam Abbott went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
- Ramon Beltre went 1-for-4.
- Maiker Feliz, 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.
- Luis Robert went 2-for-4 with a triple and a double.
- Brayant Nova went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
- Harvin Mendoza was 1-for-3.
- Anthony Coronado, 0-for-3 with a K.
- Anderson Comas went hitless in four trips.
- Josue Guerrero doubled once and singled thrice.
- Santo Vasquez was 1-for-3 with a K.