Kyle Drabek (4-5, 2.64 ERA) paced the Knights as they improved to 11 games over .500 (48-37) for the season. Drabek – the former Baseball Prospectus pre-2011 #14 overall prospect – went six innings, allowing six hits, one run (unearned), while striking out three (no walks).
Micah Johnson and Matt Davidson each drew two walks – the former was 0-2 with a run scored in his two other PAs and stole his 16th base of the season. Davidson was 0-2 with a strikeout. Tyler Saladino went 0-2 with two RBIs on two SFs. Catcher Kevan Smith went 1-3 with a triple and a run scored.
While the White Sox and Cubs begin the 2015 Crosstown Cup on Friday (July 10th), their respective AA clubs squared up on Monday night. Mark Blackmar (3-4, 3.30 ERA) got the start for the Barons, scattering six hits and walking three in a three earned run, six inning effort.
Tim Anderson – after being anointed the #22 prospect in Baseball Prospectus’ midseason top 50 – hit his second home run of the season, his lone hit of the night to go along with two strikeouts. Courtney Hawkins struck out three times in four ABs, but did register a double – his 15th of the season – off of Tennessee’s starter, Tsuyoshi Wada. Batting second, Joey DeMichele went 2-4 (one double, 12th of the season) with a run and a strikeout. Keenyn Walker continues to flounder in his third stint (for his career) at AA Birmingham. Walker went 1-3 with two strikeouts, effectively raising his batting average to .127. For his career at AA (747 PAs), Walker has a .546 OPS.
Jordan Guerrero returned to form with an excellent start against the Frederick Keys. Guerrero had a game score of 70, going seven innings, allowing five baserunners (four hits, one walk) and one earned run, while striking out six. The offense, however, could not support Guerrero’s strong effort. Trey Michalczewski and Keon Barnum – two base hits each – accounted for four of the six total hits on the night. Cleuluis Rondon went 1-4 with two strikeouts, raising his average to .177 (265 ABs).
Tyler Sullivan: 4-5, 2Rs, 2B
Bradley Strong: 2-5
Micker Adolfo: 1-5, RBI, 2 SOs
Corey Zangari: 1-5, RBI, SO
Kannapolis’ game was rained out.
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