Willie Harris and Mario Valenzuela were the heavy hitters for the Knights, going a combined 5-9 with two RBI. For Both Harris and Valenzuela, it was the second on their season. Also chipping in on offense was Joe Borchard who had an RBI and Ross Gload, who had two of his own.
Making his second start of the season, Mike Porzio (2-0) was again solid. Porzio went five innings, giving up three runs (all earned) on six hits. A collection of 3 Knights relievers pitched the remaining four innings. Closer Edwin Almonte closed the game, earning his third save of the season.
The win by the Knights was their first in four games, improving their record to 5-4, and one game behind the division leading Norfolk Tides.
The Birmingham Barons lost their fifth one-run game of the season and second in a row to the Carolina Mudcats by a score of 3-2 in 11 innings.
Baron's shortstop Josh Shaffer made a play in the bottom 11th he won't soon forget, as he botched a play to allow Miguel Cabrera to score, and ultimately dropping the Baron's record to 3-6.
Jim Bullard, (0-0) was the starting pitcher for Birmingham, and as usual, Bullard pitched solid. Jim went five innings, giving up only 2 runs on 6 hits, while striking out two batters. The tough-luck loser was Clay Eason, (0-1) who gave up only one run (unearned) on no hits, and three walks. Although Eason now has a record of 0-1, his ERA is still currently zero.
Offensively, Gabe Alvarez and Scott Bikowski both plated a run for the Barons. The team struggled on offense, only pounding out seven hits, and striking out 12 times off of Carolina pitching.
The Barons will next play their divisional rival Mobile. Power Lefty Corwin Malone will be on the hill for Birmingham, looking for his second victory.
The Winston-Salem Warthogs, kept their record perfect on Sunday by beating the Salem Avalanche 7-2.
Kris Honel, (2-0) won for his second consecutive start. Again, he was quite impressive, pitching six scoreless innings, giving up only four hits and striking out six. After this outing, Honel's era stands at a perfect even zero on the year.
On offense, Center Fielder Mike Spidale, and Designated Hitter Eric Welsh each had two RBI's a piece. Utility player Eric Storey added two hits and a RBI also, to raise his average to a resounding .400 on the year.
With the win and the Kansas City Royals losing, the 'Hogs are currently the only un beaten team in professional baseball.
The Warthogs now take their act on the road, with Ryan Wing pitching today against Myrtle Beach.
Three Intimidators pitchers combined to shut out the Shorebirds 7-0 in the series finale at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium.
Kannapolis once again was a recipient of excellent starting pitching. Paulino Reynoso (1-0) tossed five scoreless innings, sprinkling two hits on three walks, while striking out five.
Julio Reyes was the leading offense contributor with a 2-4 effort including a solo home run and two runs scored. Catching prospect Gustavo Molina was also an offensive force the Intimidators, going 2-4 with two RBI.
Sunday's win ended the series between the two teams, with Kannapolis winning three of four games.