Minor League Recaps - April 25th Games

Jon Rauch (2-0) will have to wait to improve his stellar season, as the Knights game against the Richmond Braves was postponed due to rain.

The game has been rescheduled as a part of a doubleheader July 21st at Richmond.

The Knights will take on the Norfolk Tides tonight, with Jon Rauch going for win number three.

In other news for the Knights, left-handed relief pitcher David Sanders was promoted to Chicago. In eight innings pitched, Sanders yielded only two earned runs and eight hits while striking out 14 batters. Josh Paul was sent down as a result. The Knights made another roster move, obtaining RHP Tetsu Yofu from AA Birmingham. The 29-year-old Asian import pitched very well at Birmingham, as he struck out 15 batters in 14 innings with a miniscule 0.64 ERA.

Starting pitchers Corwin Malone (2-1) and Brian West (1-1) pitched two superb games for the Barons, as they defeated the Orlando Rays 8-5 and 4-2.

Corwin Malone pitched six outstanding innings before faltering in the 7th, as the Barons won easily 8-5. Malone gave up four runs in the 7th inning, but Jeff Bajenaru came in to preserve the Barons win. Bajenaru picked up his first save of the year as a result.

Struggling throughout the year, the Barons offense finally awoke, pounding out 11 hits in only seven innings. The top of the order was extremely productive for the Barons, as Danny Sandoval, Ryan Hankins, and Darron Ingram all had two hits each. Juan Piniella was the main source of offense though, as he went 2 for 3 with a triple and three runs batted in. Sandoval also picked up a triple and batted in two.

In game two of the doubleheader, the Barons continued their hot hitting and great pitching, as they again cruised past the Rays. Brian West pitched shutout ball for six innings, and Royce Ring pitched 1/3 of an inning for his fourth save of the year. To date, Ring has a 0.87 ERA.

The second time around, the Barons offense was lead by Chad Durham, Ryan Hankins, and Gabe Alvarez, who all had two hits each. Alvarez was two for two with two RBIs. Alvarez has been the one consistent offensive player next to Scott Bikowski, as Alvarez has .443 OBP with 16 walks in only 53 at bats.

Tonight, Birmingham will travel to Jacksonville to take of the Suns. Starting for the Barons will be the Neal Cotts (4-0, 0.68), who has put up some of the most impressive numbers in all of minor league baseball.

Kris Honel (2-2) was shaky for a second straight start, but the bullpen blew any chances of a comeback as the Hogs fell to Wilmington 9-3.

Honel gave up scattered nine hits in six innings, but struck out five while only giving up three earned runs. Relievers Rolando Garza and Aaron Kirkland were miserable, giving up eight hits and six earned runs in only two innings.

Outfielder Daylan Holt continues to hit for the Hogs, going 2 for 4 with two doubles. After being demoted from Birmingham, he has hit a robust .323 with an amazing .710 slugging percentage. First baseman Casey Rogowski and third baseman Eric Storey also had two hits each for the Hogs. Like Holt, Rogowski had two doubles.

The Hogs will try to salvage a win, as they send Carolina League pitcher of the week Ryan Wing (3-0) to the mound.

The Intimidators pounded out 12 hits, and reliever Todd Deininger (1-0) pitched brilliantly out of the pen, as Kannapolis defeated Augusta 9-6.

Starter Brian Miller was shaky, giving up five runs, four earned, and walking six batters in four innings. Todd Deininger pitched very well though, striking out six batters in three innings while not surrendering an earned run. Rick Hummel pitched the final two innings for the Intimidators, picking up his third save of the season.

Left fielder Darren Ciraco was 3 for 4 four the Intimidators, driving in one run. Ciraco had two doubles, but drove in his run with a sacrifice fly. First baseman Gustavo Molina went 2 for 3 with two RBI and two doubles as well.

Kannapolis will continue their series with Augusta, as starter Tim Bittner (2-2) will oppose Brandon Smith (0-1).


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