Minor League Recaps - April 26th Games

The Knights were rained out for the second straight night, as Jon Rauch's start will once again be delayed.

The Knights will make up the postponed game as a part of a doubleheader today against Norfolk. Jon Rauch (2-0) and Danny Wright are scheduled to start for the Knights.

Once again Neal Cotts (4-0) pitched well, but the Barons offense and bullpen could not salvage a win, as the Barons fell 7-1 to the Jacksonville Suns.

Cotts pitched shutout ball for 6+ innings until Nick Alvarez hit a homer in the 7th. Clay Eason (0-3) relieved Cotts in the 8th, and gave up six unearned runs.

Unfortunately, a box score has yet to hit the wire, so I am unavailable to comment to see how many strikeouts Cotts had, or who drove in the lone Barons run.

Dennis Ulacia (0-3) will try to even up the series with the Suns tonight, opposing starter Edwin Jackson.

Ryan Wing had another spectacular outing, but the Hogs could not get enough runs home as they lost 2-1 in ten innings to Wilmington.

Wing, last week's Carolina League pitcher of the week, lowered his ERA even further by giving up no earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Wing gave up five hits and walked three, but struck out eight batters. Ryan Meaux kept the Hogs in the game by pitching shutout ball out of pen for 2 1/3 innings. Josh Fields (2-1) was the hard luck loser, picking up the loss even though he did not give up an earned run.

Daylan Holt was the only source of offense for the Hogs, going 2 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Eric Storey, Mike Spidale, and Brian Becker also picked up hits for the Hogs.

Franklin Francisco (1-1) will try to get the Hogs back on the right track against Wilmington tonight.

Behind 19 hits and a solid outing by Tim Bittner (3-2), Kannapolis destroyed Augusta 17-0.

Tim Bittner pitched seven solid innings, striking out eight Augusta batters, but the story of the game was the Intimidators offense.

The Intimidators scored in every inning except the 2nd and 6th, as no Augusta pitcher could contain the Intimidators. First baseman Julio Reyes lead the assault, going 5 for 6 with four runs and two RBIs. Outfielder Darren Ciraco also contributed by going 2 for 4 with a homerun and a sacrifice fly. Every Intimidator starter had a hit in the game, and sub Thomas Brice also had a hit, which drove in two runs.

The Intimidators hope they can keep their offensive attack rolling tonight, as B.J. LaMura (2-1) will face off against Augusta starter Jonathan Lester (1-1).


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