Rauch pitched six innings, striking out five while scattering five hits, but Gary Majewski (0-1) could not hold the lead he inherited. Former Sox and Cubs prospect Brooks Kieschnick (1-0) picked up the win for the Indians, pitching shutout ball for three innings. The only run off of Rauch came in the 4th, as Cody McKay homered.
Ross Gload led the way for the Knights offensively, picking up two hits, one of which was a triple. Scott Morgan, Tim Hummel, and Mario Valenzuela all drove in runs for the Knights.
The Knights will try to avoid the sweep today, sending Mike Porzio (1-0) against Jamey Wright (1-1).
The Barons battled back valiantly from an early deficit, but fell up just short, losing to the Carolina Mudcats 7-6.
The Barons fought back from a 7-3 defecit in the 8th, but their three runs in the 9th were one short as Birmingham starter Dennis Ulacia (0-2) picked up the loss. Enemencio Pacheco, who was acquired in the Sandy Alomar trade, pitched well in two innings of relief, striking out three Mudcat batters.
Scott Bikowski once again led the Barons offensive attack, going two for three with two walks. Jon Acevas provided the most power for the Barons, slamming a pinch-hit double off of Mudcat reliever Steve Kent. Chad Durham, brother of Ray, had a night to forget in the leadoff spot, going 0-6 with four strikeouts.
The series between the Mudcats and Barons will end today at 2:00 PM EST, as Jim Bullard (0-0) will try to defeat top Marlins prospect Dontrelle Willis (0-0).
The Warthogs had to come from behind all night, but their perseverance paid off as the Hogs defeated the Salem Avalanche 6-5 in 12 innings.
John Lackaff was the hero for the Hogs, going 3-3 with 3 RBI, but more importantly drove in the winning runs in the 12th inning with a game winning double. Down 5-4 with one out, Lackaff doubled off of Francisco Pena scoring Eric Welsh and Normand Martel.
Wyatt Allen pitched effectively for the Hogs, going six innings, giving up two earned runs while striking out five Avalanche batters. Josh Fields (1-0) picked up the win by giving up an unearned run over two innings. Brian Rodaway received a tough no decision for the Avalanche, pitching brilliantly over six innings.
Darren Ciraco and Mike Spidale also contributed to the Hogs offensive comeback, going 2-3 and 2-5 respectively. Ruddy Yan had his first sub par game of the year, going 0-5.
Today, Salem will try to avoid the sweep against the Hogs, but top prospect Kris Honel (1-0) will be pitching.
Behind stellar performances by shortstop Andy Gonzalez and starter B.J. LaMura (1-1), the Intimidators defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 4-3.
Shortstop Andy Gonzalez got Kannapolis off to a fast start in the 1st, launching a two run home run off of Delmarva starter Daniel Cabrera (0-1). The Intimidators added two more runs, one in the 2nd and one in the 8th, to barely hold off the Shorebirds. Anthony Webster did a good job at the top of the lineup, going 1-4 with a walk and a stolen base, his third of the season.
Intimidators' starter B.J. LaMura pitched five spectacular innings, giving up only one run while striking out six batters. The Intimidator bullpen was shaky, giving up two runs in four innings, but Rick Hummel emerged with his first save of the year.
The Intimidator offense only had five hits, three of them from Andy Gonzalez, but it was just enough as the pitching of the Intimidators did its job.
The Intimidators will go for the sweep of Delmarva tonight, with the starters of the game unannounced at this time.