The Birmingham Barons mounted an impressive comeback Monday en route to a 3-2 victory over the Mobile BayBears.
Infielder Ryan Hankins slammed a two-run shot with the Barons down 2-1 to give them the lead for good. For Hankins, it was his second home run of the year and third and fourth RBIs.
In the early stages of the game, things did not go well. Mobile took an early 2-0 lead against Barons starter Corwin Malone (1-0). Malone, who earned a no-decision, was again effectively wild. Malone walked a shocking total of seven batters yet surprisingly gave up only two runs over five innings pitched.
Baron's reliever Enemencio Pacheco (1-0) picked up his first AA victory by throwing three innings of shutout baseball.
The Barons continue the series against the BayBears tonight at 7:00 with game two of the four-game set. Birmingham sends out right-handed pitcher Brian West (0-0, 11.25) to face BayBears righty Brad Baker (0-2, 10.80).
The Winston-Salem Warthogs (7-0) remained unbeaten with a 3-0 win at Myrtle Beach on Monday night.
Ryan Wing, (2-0) was again dynamic on the mound. Wing went seven innings, giving up no runs on only one hit while striking out six. Wing has been almost un-hittable on this young campaign, going a resounding 12 innings pitched without giving up any runs. Ryan Meaux came in to relieve Wing after seven innings. Meaux pitched two innings of scoreless baseball to preserve the shutout and earn his second save.
Switch-hitting speed demon Ruddy Yan had two hits and scored two runs to spark the Warthogs offense. Yan's two hits increased his average to a noteworthy .428; couple that with his 6 stolen bases and it's no surprise that he is impressing a lot of scouts.
Frank Francisco will make his first start for the ‘Hogs, who will attempt to keep their perfect record tonight, at 6:00.
Brian Miller limited the Greensboro Bats to two hits over five innings, and the Kannapolis Intimidators won their fourth straight 3-2 on Monday night.
It was Miller's his first win as a Intimidator. Miller (1-1) did not give up a run over five innings and struck out two Greensboro players. Josh Rupe pitched the interesting ninth for his second save of the season.
With the bases loaded, and the Intimidators lead down to one, Rupe retired batter Angel Molina on strikes to end the game and notch his second save of the season.
Shortstop prospect Andy Gonzalez drove in a run for Kann. Edgar Varela, who had two hits, also drove in a run to help propel the Intimidator offense.
The Intimidators and Bats play the second game of their two game series Tuesday night at 7:05.