The Louisville Bats scored four runs in the 9th and 10th innings off a normally strong Charlotte bullpen to rally past the Knights on Thursday night. The Knights scored four runs off former White Sox prospect David Holmberg take a 4-1 lead into the 9th inning. Outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo, who recently was activated off the DL, went 3-4 with a walk, a double, and a home run. Catcher Kevan Smith also homered and Leury Garcia chipped in three hits. Veteran Brad Penny started the game with a three pitch walk due to being penalized by the new minor league pitch timer, which led to the Knights Manager Joel Skinner being thrown out of the game. Penny responded positively to the situation and went five strong innings, only allowing one run and striking out six, before calling the clock “stupid” in post-game comments. However, Mikel Cleto and Jairo Asencio allowed two runs a piece to allow the Bats to snatch the game away.
Frankie Montas pitched six solid innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out four, but the Barons offense was nowhere to be found. Shortstop Tim Anderson went 2-4 with a double and two steals to highlight an otherwise uneventful evening. Adrian Nieto, who served as the White Sox backup catcher in all of 2014, went 1-3 but has struggled thus far in Birmingham, hitting .182/.326/.234.
The Dash and Starter Jace Fry lost a pitchers duel to the Salem Red Sox on Thursday. Fry, the White Sox 3rd round selection of the 2014 draft, was effectively wild, walking five but only allowed one run on three hits. Fry struck out six over seven innings and lowered his season ERA to 2.72. The Dash offense had five hits but were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Jake Peter, playing shortstop, went 2-4 with a double and Trey Michalczewski went 1-4.
Starter Thad Lowry went a career high 8.1 innings, but the Intimidators fell in extras to the Lakewood BlueClaws. Lowry allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out six and walking two. It’s been an encouraging start of the season for the 20 year-old Lowry, who now has a 2.82 ERA and 32 strikeouts to only 8 walks through 38.1 innings. Unfortunately, the Intimidators offense could not muster much aside from a Mason Robbins 2nd inning three run home run.
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