The AZL White Sox saved the affiliates from a system sweep. Adam Engel continues to struggle since his promotion to Charlotte and Max Beatty was roughed up in Low-A, surrendering three home runs. On a positive note, Zack Burdi is starting to shine with the Barons and Zack Collins returned to play after a being sidelined for a concussion.
David Holmberg had a quality start for the Knights, giving up three runs over 6.1 innings pitched. He was a little wild, walking three but also collecting three strikeouts. Blake Smith was also erratic, walking two over in just under an inning of work. Will Lamb ended up getting the loss via a home run. The Knights had a rough time on offense, totaling just four hits and racking up 11 strikeouts. Adam Engel went 0-for-2 with two whiffs and is undergoing a difficult adjustment period to Triple-A, hitting .182 going into today’s action.
After seeing a spot start for the Chicago club, Anthony Ranaudo will return to the Knights as a starter when he faces Gwinnett.
Blair Walters had a solid outing for the Barons. He gave up no runs through six innings, and had three strikeouts to just one walk. Zack Burdi has appeared to find some stability, and continued that trend last night with two hitless innings. However, Colin Kleven’s struggles in the ninth inning would factor into the eventual loss. Keenyn Walker went 2-for-4 with a double, while Hunter Jones and Courtney Hawkins each added an RBI.
Spencer Adams goes for the Barons later tonight.
Jordan Stephens gave up two earned runs over five innings, but had a positive showing in the K/BB department, recording six strikeouts against one walk. Catcher Brett Austin had the big night on offense, going 2-for-6 with a home run, four RBIs, and a run scored. Zack Collins returned to the Dash after a short hiatus due to a concussion. He went 0-for-5 but took a walk and scored a pair of runs.
Zack Thompson is coming off one of his better outings of the year, and will look to continue his good fortune for the Dash this evening.
Max Beatty was issued the loss for Kannapolis. He went seven innings, but surrendered four runs and three long balls in the process. The Intimidators couldn’t overcome his struggles despite a couple strong showings on offense. Tyler Sullivan went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles while Micker Adolfo had two hits, a double of his own, and an RBI.
Luis Martinez is scheduled to start tonight for Kannapolis.
Andres Sanchez gave up five earned runs in as many innings while Evan Bell got the win despite giving up two runs on four hits over two frames. Matt Foster bailed both of them out, notching the save and lowering his season ERA to 1.17. On offense, Joel Booker hit a double with two runs scored while Jacob Cooper hit a home run. Trevin Sonnier had the best night of the bunch, going 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs.
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