Starter Anthony Ranaudo gave up four runs on four hits (three home runs) and the bullpen threw gas on the fire as the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs routed the Knights on Sunday. Ranaudo was victimized by the long ball, but issued no walks and has only given one free pass over 28.2 innings with Charlotte. That stat is especially impressive considering Ranaudo gave up eight walks over 3.2 innings with the Rangers earlier in the year.
The Knights offense was led by shortstop Carlos Sanchez who went 2-3 with an RBI double and a walk. Veteran outfielder Jason Bourgeois also added two hits and is hitting a robust .474/.531/.702 over 15 games in Charlotte.
The Knights head to Scranton to begin a series with the RailRiders and will be giving the ball to Scott Carroll.
Tyler Danish turned in a fantastic start, but was the tough luck loser thanks to absolutely no run support. Danish went seven strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks. Reliever Peter Tago, who has been struggling this season after a dominant 2015, threw two scoreless innings, striking out three and no allowing a hit.
The Barons offense could only muster four hits in the shutout, but Eddy Alvarez reached base twice in three plate appearances with a single and a walk. Alvarez, like Tago, is struggling in Birmingham (.201/.277/.236) after breezing through the lower affiliates.
The Barons will be looking for revenge in a Monday matinee as the send Jordan Guerrero the the hill.
The Dash dropped Saturday’s suspended game as Wilmington scored four runs in the 9th off Manny Martinez. Wimlington’s rally spoiled a great start from Jordan Stephens, as he only allowed two runs over 6.1 innings, while striking out five and walking one. Kelvis Valerio threw 1.1 scoreless innings of relief and Michael Suiter added two hits to lead the offense.
The Dash quickly regrouped thanks to a masterful performance from starter Spencer Adams. The 20 year-old threw a complete game shutout and only needed 91 pitches to do so, scattering eight hits and not issuing a walk. Adams hasn’t turned in the big strikeout numbers he did in Rookie Ball or in Kannapolis, but instead he has been attacking hitters with increasing efficiency. Adams lowered his season ERA to 3.41, which is lower than his 3.67 mark in Rookie Ball where he struck out 59 batters over 41.2 innings.
Brandon Brennan will get the start as the series continues on Monday.
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