A Week in Review (May 18-27): Winston Salem

In an extended week for the WIR report, the Warthogs faltered some, but still played solidly and compiled a 5-4 record.

Starting off the extended week, the Hogs fell to Kinston on Sunday the 18th by a score of 6-3 in five innings. Spot-starter Kris McWhirter (0-3) took the loss for the Hogs, only going three innings, giving up five runs, four earned. Reliever Josh Fields gave up an earned run in his two innings of work. The Hogs offense was fairly efficient in only five innings of work, compiling six hits. Catcher Wally Rosa went 2-2 with an RBI for the Hogs, while outfielders Jeremy Reed and Daylan Holt had the remaining RBIs. Ruddy Yan went 1-2 with a run scored and his 28th stolen base of the year.

On Monday, the entire Carolina League had the day off.

The Hogs exploded on the offensive side of the ball after a much needed day of rest, pounding out 10 hits and 9 runs in a 9-7 slugfest over Frederick. Reliever Mitch Wylie (2-0) picked up the victory in relief, pitching only one inning and giving up two earned runs. Starter Frankie Francisco picked up a no-decision after going 5+ innings. Jeremy Reed continued his blazing hitting streak by going 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Reed also stole a base, his 20th, but Ruddy Yan matched him with his league leading 29th. Yan went 1-4 at the plate. Shortstop Mike Morse, who was in the two-hole, did a great job of getting on for Jeremy reed, going 2-4 with two runs scored. Chris Stewart and Daylan Holt contributed by adding two RBIs each.

Clutch hitting was the key against Frederick on Wednesday, as the Hogs only managed seven hits, but drove seven men across the plate in a tough 7-6 win over Frederick. Wyatt Allen (2-1) picked up the win, scattering ten hits over six innings. Allen gave up five earned runs, but it was good to see that Allen only walked two batters. After an eventful 7th and 8th, Ryan Meaux pitched a scoreless 9th for his fifth save of the year. Once again, Ruddy Yan played the role of catalyst in the lineup, scoring three times. Yan went 2-4 with a double and a walk. First baseman Brian Becker did a great job of driving in Yan, as Becker went 2-5 with two RBIs. Jeremy Reed finally cooled off and went 0-3.

Defensive blunders cost the Hogs another win on Thursday, as the defense committed three errors and let five unearned runs score in a 5-4 loss to Frederick. Ryan Wing (4-2) received the loss even though he didn't allow an earned run. Wing also allowed two walks and four hits, but countered by striking out five batters. Tommy Nicholson and Mike Spidale were the sparkplugs for the offense, going a combined 4-7. Nicholson also had two runs and two RBIs.

The Hogs received an off-day from Mother Nature on Friday, as their game with Kinston was postponed due to rain.

As a result of the rainout the day before, the Hogs hooked up with Kinston for a doubleheader on Saturday, splitting the games 4-3 and 3-1. In game one, Ryan Meaux (0-2) gave up an unearned run and took the loss. Starter Kris Honel was solid in his five innings, only giving up two earned runs. Jeremy Reed was the only offensive source for the Hogs, as Reed went 2-2 with 2 HRs, 2 runs, and 3 RBI. Brian Becker went 2-4, but no one below him could drive him in. Game two was much better for the Hogs and Beyong An, as the Asian import led the Hogs to victory 3-1. An went five innings giving up only one run. Josh Fields came in for the 7th to pick up his third save of the year. No Hogs hitter had more than one hit, but Mike Spidale, Jeremy Reed, and Mike Morse all drove in one run.

On Sunday the 25th, the Hogs pummeled Kinston to a tune of 9-0. Starter Franklin Francisco (3-1) gave up four hits and no earned runs in six stellar innings of work. Kris McWhirter, Jason Stumm, and Brandon O'Neal all pitched one scoreless inning of relief. All starters except for Tommy Nicholson had at least one hit, and as a total, the Hogs pounded out 15. Daylan Holt led the way by going 3-3, but Ruddy Yan, Mike Spidale, Mike Morse, Eric Storey, and Chris Stewart all had two hits each. Storey had three RBIs on the game, which led the team.

The Hogs regressed on Monday the 26th, losing 5-0 to Myrtle Beach. No box score was available, and thus I cannot recap the game. I apologize for this inconvenience.

Rounding up the extended Week in Review, the Hogs were powered by a masterful Ryan Wing (5-2), who completely shut down Myrtle Beach 6-1. Wing only yielded two hits and one walk in seven innings. Wing also struck out seven batters, which kept his K/IP ratio close to one. Jeremy Reed heated up again for the Hogs, going 2-4 with 3 RBIs. Mike Morse upped his batting average to .277 with a 2-4 game.

Hopefully the Hogs can fare even better next week, as they take on these opponents:
5/28 – 5/29 vs. Myrtle Beach
5/30 – 6/1 @ Salem
6/2 – 6/5 @ Myrtle Beach

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