Bless our gal Laura Wolff, all offseason she ought make a mint off of these Yoán-Luis shots she’s taken over the past week or so. (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)
Yoán Moncada (3B) 2-for-5, HR (2) 3 RBI (5), 2 R, K, E (1) (.353 BA, 1.059 OPS)
Yermín Mercedes (DH) 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (15), 2 RBI (52) BB (.312 BA, 1.050 OPS)
Luis Robert (CF) 1-for-4, HR (12), 3 RBI (31), 3 K (.305 BA, 1.002 OPS)
Nick Madrigal (2B) 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B (2), 2 K (.290 BA, .729 OPS)
Daniel Palka (RF) 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B (23) (.273 BA, .929 OPS)
Kyle Kubat (SP) 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R/3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, W (5-1), 81 pitches/52 strikes (4.84 ERA)
Caleb Frare (RP) 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 K (7.58 ERA)
Thyago Vieira (RP) 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, HR, 26 pitches/13 strikes (5.80 ERA)
José Ruiz (RP) IP, 2 K, Sv (5), 14 pitches/11 strikes (1.04 ERA)
A barnburner in Durham, where the Knights prevailed to take a one-game edge in the wild card race. Charlotte jumped out to a huge lead, up 11-1 at one point, courtesy of one very, very long ball.
Even as Durham climbed back into this one, the long balls continued.
Things got a bit hairy, as the ball was flying out and putting the bull in jeopardy all night. Hardest-hit among Charlotte’s corps were Caleb Frare and Thyago Vieira, who combined for leak six earned in fewer than two innings. But all’s well that ends, as José Ruiz brought the game to a merciful end with a lockdown ninth, for his fifth save.
Oh, and in the category of burying the lede, NICK MADRIGAL STRUCK OUT TWICE! ohgodohgodohgodohgod
Bernardo Flores (SP) 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 8 K, HR, L (3-7), 79 pitches/56 strikes (3.12 ERA)
Kodi Medeiros (RP) 2 IP, H, K, 34 pitches/20 strikes (5.23 ERA)
Luis González (CF) 1-for-3, R, RBI (55) (.248 BA, .678 OPS)
Tough game for the home team, handcuffed on just three hits and five total baserunners. With no offensive highlights, let’s shine the light on a couple of strong pitching performances. Bernardo Flores was strong; while seven hits and a homer aren’t great over six innings, eight Ks and no walks sure are. Kodi Medeiros continues to shine out of the pen, with two clean innings tonight. Disappointing Birmingham falls to 56-67 on the season, and for the affiliate who looked strongest coming into the season, it’s a head-scratcher.
Jason Morgan (SP) 6 IP, CG, 6 H, 4 R/3 ER, BB, K, 2 HR, L (2-5), 71 pitches/46 strikes (5.11 ERA) (Game 1)
Harvin Mendoza (1B) 2-for-5, RBI (24), BB, 2B (12) (.322 BA, .937 OPS) (Game 2)
Luis Curbelo (3B) 1-for-6, 3B (4), R, K, E (6) (.253 BA, .733 OPS) (Game 1)
Sammy Peralta (RP) 2 IP, H, K, pickoff, 30 pitches/20 strikes (1.69 ERA) (Game 2)
Caberea Weaver (CF) 1-for-5, 2B (11), BB, 4 K (.256 BA, .687 OPS)
Lency Delgado (SS) 1-for-6, 4 K, 2 E (13)
Seriously, these results are so terrible, I’m just going to combine the writeups. Gross. One run scored over 15 innings, six total hits, four errors. It was a second straight strong start for Jason Morgan in the opener, pitching a slightly sloppy but nonetheless complete game (seven-inning doubleheader game). The hitters behind him were godawful, trailed by Caberea Weaver’s rough 0-for-3, 3 K game at the leadoff spot. Game 2 wasn’t much better, although at least the Voyagers managed to squeeze another offensively impotent game into extras. However, in the eight inning, Luis Curbelo’s throwing error (his second of the twinbill) allowed the extras-opening runner on second to score — game over. The pitching lines were odd, in that GFV pitchers picked off three Osprey runners in the nightcap, and Caleb Freeman managed to get the loss (0-1) despite coaxing a strikeout and ground ball from the two batters he faced. Great Falls drops to 23-32 on the year, and it appears it will not have a chance to defend its Pioneer League title in this season.
Micker Adolfo (DH) 4-for-5, 2B (4), HR (2), RBI (2) (.290 BA, 1.018 OPS)
Vlad Nuñez Jr. (RP) 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K (3.33 ERA)
Hector Acosta (SP) 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, K, L (1-8) (6.32 ERA)
James Beard (CF) 1-for-4, RBI (10), SB (7) (.189 BA, .511 OPS)
Bryan Ramos (1B) 2-for-4, R, K (.259 BA, .731 OPS)
Antbony Coronado (RF) 2-for-4, R, RBI (12) (.326 BA, .883 OPS)
It was not a great all-around game for any AZL Sox not named Micker or Vlad. Adolfo seems ready to perhaps take some cuts against better competition — although that may have to wait until the AFL. His four hits and eight total bases did as much as possible to keep our kids in league with the Royals, but ultimately, some poor pitching from starter Hector Acosta and reliever Joseph Jarneski did the club in. Acosta had just one bad inning, the second, but a crooked number like a 5 in a frame makes it tough for your club to rally. And rally, the AZL White Sox did not.