Minor League Recap - April 16th Games

The Knights got a tremendous outing from their starter Brian Cooper and shutout the Louisville Bats 3-0.

Brian Cooper and two relievers combined to throw a four hit shutout for the Knights.  They got all the offense they needed in the fourth inning when Cliff Brumbaugh hit a two run homer.  Brumbaugh knocked in Mario Valenzuela who started the inning with a single. 

 

Cooper (2-1) went 6/2/3 innings giving up just three this and striking out five. The only thing Cooper could complain about was the three walks he gave up.  Dave Sanders replaced Cooper striking out three in 1/1/3 innings.  Edwin Almonte picked up his fifth save with a perfect ninth. 

 

Seth Etherton (2-1), who beat Charlotte the week before, picked up his first loss of the season.  Etherton gave up seven hits in just 5/2/3 innings, Brumbaughs being the big one. 

 

Scott Morgan knocked in the Knights other run with an RBI single.  Hot hitting Joe Borchard missed last nights game with wrist tendonitis.  He is listed as day to day.  

 

Charlotte will play the first of a four game series tonight against Indianapolis.  Right hander Danny Wright will make his first rehabilitation start against Pasqual Coco (1-1). 

 

Neal Cotts domination of AA hitters continued yesterday afternoon in a 4-2 victory over Mobile, picking up his third win.

 

Cotts struck out nine batters in just five innings of work.  He gave up four hits and two earned runs.  Cotts only problem thus far has been his control, which continued to bother him on Wednesday, when he walked four. 

 

The Baron's offense did all of their damage in a four run second inning.  Eric Battersby put Birmingham on the board with a RBI single.  Josh Shaffer and Guillermo Reyes followed Battersby up with a pair of RBI singles. 

 

Reyes and Scott Bikowski had two hits a-piece for the Barons.  Reyes also had two stolen bases, giving him three on the season.

 

Tetsu Yofu struck out four Bay Bears in two innings of work.  Royce Ring picked up his second save of the season with two innings of hitless relief.  The Barons pitching staff combined for 15 strikeouts.  Cory Stewart (0-2) took the loss for Mobile. 

 

Dennis Ulacia (0-2) will pitch the series finale against Chris Rojas (0-1).

 

Winston Salem (8-1) is no longer undefeated, as they fell to Myrtle Beach 5-1. 

 

McCay Mcbride (1-1) tossed six shutout innings, limiting the Warthogs to three hits.  Byeon Hak An (1-1) took the loss for the Warthogs.  An pitched 5/2/3 innings giving up five runs on nine hits. 

 

The Pelican's lead the game right from the start, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Andy Marte in the first inning.  Myrtle Beach added a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth.

 

Ruddy Yan was the offensive bright spot for the Warthogs going 2-4 with a double and a run scored.  Yan is now hitting a robust .417.   Jeremy Reed knocked Yan in. 

 

Aaron Kirkland and Brandon O'Neal combined to pitch 2/1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Warthogs. 

 

Winston Salem will play the first of a four game series tonight against Frederick.  Richard Bartlett will get the start for Frederick.  The Warthogs have yet to announce who will start for them. 

 

Kannapolis rallied late against Lakewood only to fall short in a 9-7 loss, despite a four run ninth inning. 

 


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