Jon Adkins struggled in yet another start giving up seven hits and four runs in 4/2/3 innings of work. Adkins now has a 6.75 ERA on the season.
Matt Ginter (2-0) picked up the win in relief of Adkins with 2/1/3 scoreless innings. Lefty Arnie Munoz who has struggled mightily may of finally straightened things out during his inning of relief. He pitched one inning, giving up no hits, while striking out two. After Munoz the Knights turned it to their closer, Edwin Almonte who shut Rochester down in the ninth en route to his tenth save.
Willie Harris led the Sox offensively going 2-3 with two runs score and an RBI. After the game Willie was notified that he was being recalled. Anthony Sanders also had two hits (1 HR) while Ross Gload went 3-4 with a run scored.
The Knights will play the second of a four game series against Rochester tonight. Danny Wright will make what is expected to be his final rehabilitation start against Brent Hoard.
Corwin Malone (2-2) was on the wrong end of a beating last night in Orlando – giving up nine hits and eight runs in 1/2/3 innings of work. The nine runs would be plenty for Orlando who eventually won the game 15-3.
The bullpen wouldn't do much better then Malone. Clay Eason pitched 2/1/3 innings giving up a run and Jake Bajeneru gave up five hits and four runs in his two innings of work.
In the eighth inning manager Wally Backman decided to go another way and brought in position player Eric Battersby. Battersby pitched two innings giving up two hits and two runs (One Earned).
Former major league pitcher John Rocker threw a scoreless inning in relief of Jon Switzer (2-2). Switzer limited the Barons' offense to 3 hits and two runs over six innings of work.
Danny Sandoval, Maldanado, and Guillermo Reyes each had two hits a piece for the Barons. Darrin Ingram hit his third homer of the season, a solo shot.
Birmingham will play the second game of the series tonight in Orlando. Brian West is scheduled to face Brian Stokes.
Ace lefty Ryan Wing (3-1) picked up his first loss of the season for Winston Salem despite pitching rather solid. The Bullpen would give up a few late runs in a 7-2 loss to Wilmington.
Wing pitched six innings giving up six hits and four runs. The outing raised his ERA to 1.52.
Winston Salem would jump out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on a Mike Morse RBI groundout (Brian Becker and Eric Welsh singled earlier in the inning).
That lead would last until the fourth inning where the Blue Rocks put up a four spot. With the game already tied up 1-1, Justin Cowan hit a two out three run homer making it 4-1.
Brandon O'Neal gave up three hits and three runs (One Earned) in the ninth inning. Rolando Garza and Josh Fields also pitched for the "Hogs".
Eric Welsh had a big game at the plate going 3-3 with an RBI while Brian Becker had two hits.
The Warthogs will play the second game of the four game series tonight when Franklin Francisco faces Brian Bass.
Kannapolis and pitcher Tim Bittner stayed hot. Bittner picked up his team leading fourth win of the season while Kannapolis has now won six of its last seven after Thursday's 10-4 victory against Delmarva.
Tim Bittner (4-0) limited Delmarva to six hits and four runs over six innings of work. Julio Castro relieved him with three scoreless innings of work and Todd Deinninger pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two. Kannapolis pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts.
Kannapolis' offense went to work in the second inning scoring five runs. They were led by Julio Reyes who extended his hitting streak to seven games. Julio Reyes started the two-out rally with one of his two doubles on the night.
After a walk Charlie Risk had an RBI double, putting runners on second and third for Thomas Brice who had an RBI single. Anthony Webster would strike out, but make it to first safely because of a wild pitch, which scored Charles Lisk. Pedro Lopez capped the inning with a two run double.
Julio Reyes led the Intimidators offense with three hits and three runs scored. Anthony (1 RBI, 1 Run) Webster, Charles Lisk (2 RBI, 2 Runs), and Thomas Brice (3 RBI, 2 Runs) each had two hits. Anthony Webster also picked up his sixth stolen base of the season.
Kannapolis will play the series finale on Friday when B.J. Lamura faces John Maine.