Knights starter Jon Rauch started off the home run barrage in the first, giving up a two run bomb to first baseman Justin Morneau. Aaron Miles hit a homer of his own in the bottom half on the inning to cut the Red Wing lead down to one. Not much went well after Miles' homerun, as the Red Wings rocked the Knights bullpen for 12 runs in four innings. Felix Diaz (2-2) took the loss for the Knights, giving up two gopher balls of his own. Relievers Ryan Kohlmeier and Gary Majewski did not fare any better, giving up one home run each.
The Knights offense did well, but was obviously no match for the Red Wings. Scott Morgan and Jamie Burke both smashed home runs in the 4th, giving the Knights a short-lived 5-4 lead. Joe Borchard was the only Knights batter without a hit on the night.
The Knights will try to rebound from the bludgeoning they received last night, sending Danny Wright to the hill. If Wright does well, expect him to be promoted fairly soon.
Managing only six hits, the Barons offense was AWOL again as the Barons fell to the Orlando Rays 6-1.
Brian West (1-2) had yet another sub par outing, giving up nine hits and five earned runs in six innings of work. West also walked three, but struck out two. Lefthander Dennis Ulacia could not stop the bleeding, as he gave up an earned run in his one inning of work. It is unknown whether Ulacia has been demoted from the Barons rotation, or if the bullpen needed rest. Royce Ring pitched a scoreless 8th, lowering his ERA to 0.73.
There were close to no highlights for the offense, as only Gabe Alvarez, Jon Acevas, and Josh Shaffer could muster hits off of the Rays. Alvarez drove in the lone run for the Barons.
Birmingham will try to get even with the Rays tonight, as Neal Cotts (4-0) will take the mound for the Barons. After winning his first four games of the year, Cotts suffered a no-decision his last time out, yielding only one earned run while striking out 11 batters in 6+ innings.
The Warthogs could not improve upon their stellar record this year, as their game versus Wilmington was rained out. The rained out game will be made up as a part of a doubleheader tonight. Starters have yet to be announced.
The Intimidators game versus Delmarva was also postponed due to rain.
No make-up date for the rained out game has been announced. Kannapolis will take on Hagerstown tonight, with starters yet to be announced.