The Knights mustered just two hits all game, failing to score as they fell to Norfolk. Norfolk’s Eddie Gamboa dominated the Knights and it did not get better after he exited after six two-hit innings. Leury Garcia had the best day at the plate for the Knights. He went 1-3 with a walk in four PAs, also stealing his 20th base of the season. The middle of the lineup – Jason Coats, Matt Davidson, and Trayce Thompson – went 0-10 with six strikeouts.
Erik Johnson started for the Knights. He went six innings, allowing nine hits, three earned runs, no walks, and five strikeouts. Junior Guerra worked two perfect innings of relief, striking out two batters and lowering his ERA to 3.00. The 30-year-old Guerra has a SO:BB of 40:15 in 30 innings pitched at AAA.
The Barons’ bullpen wasted a spectacular effort from starter Tyler Danish. Danish allowed just one hit and three walks in six innings pitched, striking out six and allowing one run (unearned). In extras, Kyle Hansen allowed five earned runs, which proved insurmountable for the Barons. Tim Anderson was back in the leadoff spot in this game, as he went 0-4 with two strikeouts, but did manage to draw a walk. Christian Marrero hit his sixth home run of the season and drew two walks. Danny Hayes also drew two walks in five PAs, while also reaching base on a base hit.
Winston Salem had a doubleheader on Friday:
The Lynchburg Hillcats rocked Matt Heidenreich. Heidenreich allowed seven earned in five innings pitched, though, this raised his ERA to a still impressive 2.67 on the season (60.2 IP). Adam Engel was hitless in two ABs and struck out once, but did draw two walks out of the leadoff spot. Jake Peter hit his eighth double of the season – his only hit in four ABs for the game. Trey Michalczewski had a multihit game with two base hits in four ABs. Cleuluis Rondon‘s miserable offensive campaign continues, as Rondon was hitless and struck out twice, but did draw a walk and stole his fifth base of the season. The 21-year-old defensive stud might be seeing a demotion soon, as his offensive output (40 wRC+) is 60% less than league average (slash line of .180/.242./.231).
The Dash only managed three hits in this contest. Adam Engel was hitless in three ABs. Jake Peter had a hit in three ABs. Chris Jacobs was responsible for the lone run with an RBI double in the first inning. It was a combined effort for the pitching staff, as Brian Clark went three innings pitched, striking out four, walking one, and allowing two earned runs on three hits.
Eddy Alvarez and the Intimidators got the memo and did not lose, effectively avoiding a system sweep. Alvarez was the catalyst out of the leadoff spot as he reached base twice (walk and a base hit) and stole his 22nd base of the season. In 240 PAs, Alvarez has a slash line of .278/.403/.407. Louie Lechich and Christian Stringer both hit solo home runs. Mason Robbins had two hits in four ABs with a run scored.
Thad Lowry, a 2013 fifth round draft pick out of Spring (TX) HS, got the start for the Intimidators. The 20-year-old matched his career high in strikeouts (seven) in his six inning start. He allowed three earned runs, eight hits, and two walks, notching his sixth win of the season. For the season (60.1 IP), Lowry has a 3.88 ERA (3.72 FIP) and a 7.76 K/9 (21%) and a 2.24 BB/9 (6.1%).
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