A Week in Review (May 28 - June 3): Winston Salem

The Warthogs struggled mightily to open the week, going 1-3, but rebounded quickly by winning three straight games to improve their overall record to 33-24. The Warthogs' lead in the Southern Division of the Carolina League over 2nd place Salem now stands at 3.0 games.

The Hogs couldn't hit a lick in Monday's loss to Myrtle Beach 5-1, spoiling a solid start by Kris McWhirter, who was promoted to AA Birmingham later in the week. No Hogs hitter had more than one hit, and the only run the Hogs managed came from a homerun off the bat of shortstop Mike Morse. Sparkplug Ruddy Yan was held hitless, extending his mini-slump. Tim Bittner (0-1), who was recently promoted from Low-A Kannapolis, took the loss for the Hogs, giving up three earned runs in his 1 1/3 innings of work.

The Hogs spoiled another great outing from one of their starters, this time it was Kris Honel, in a 3-2 loss to Myrtle Beach. Honel had one of his best outings of the year, going seven strong innings in which he scattered seven hits and struck out nine batters. Honel gave up only one earned run, but reliever Ryan Meaux (0-3) could not hold Myrtle Beach in the 9th. The Hogs fought back with one run in the 9th, but could not complete their comeback as Myrtle Beach slammed the door on them. Tommy Nicholson and Normand Martel led the Hogs ‘O' with two hits each, but Brian Becker and Casey Rogowski did the most damage with one homerun each.

Beyong An (7-2) had a great outing which propelled the Hogs to their first win of the week, 7-2 over Salem. An pitched into the 8th inning, giving up only two earned runs and four hits. Rolando Garza and Josh Fields pitched scoreless ball for the remainder of the game for the Hogs. With Ruddy Yan still slumping, outfielder Mike Spidale put it upon himself to be the sparkplug for the offense. Spidale went 3-5 with two RBIs, and was helped out by teammate Casey Rogowski who went 2-4 with another homerun, his second in as many games.

After beating Salem soundly 7-2 the previous night, the Avalanche returned the favor to the Hogs, pummeling them 15-4. Franklin Francisco (2-3) took the loss for the Hogs, only going into the 3rd inning. Relievers Tim Bittner and Aaron Kirkland didn't fare any better, giving up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings. The only Hogs pitcher to not give up a run was Brandon O'Neal, who pitched two scoreless frames. Jeremy Reed and Ruddy Yan were the only sources of offense for the Hogs, going a combined 5-7 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

After getting blown out 15-4 by Salem the night before, the Hogs proceeded to get revenge with an easy 9-1 win. Starter Wyatt Allen (3-2) was effectively wild, going six innings and walking six batters, but gave up no earned runs. The Hogs were, to steal a term from Hawk Harrelson, "hitterish", roping out 12 hits. Mike Spidale, Brian Becker, and Jeremy Reed all had two hits each, but Casey Rogowski outdid them with three. One of Rogowski's hits was a homerun, his third of the week. Speedster Ruddy Yan contributed by picking up his minor league leading 36th stolen base of the year; Reed had his 22nd.

Ryan Wing (6-2) had a tough outing against Myrtle Beach, but his offensive picked him up and carried him to a win. Wing went six innings, but gave up four earned runs on six hits and three walks. Ryan Meaux closed out the game for the Hogs, picking up his 6th save of the year. The Independent League signee Brian Becker paced the Hogs with his three RBIs and two hits, while Ruddy Yan had two of his own. Yan also picked up his 37th stolen base of the year.

Closing out the week, Kris Honel (6-3) capped off his impressive week with a 3-0 win over Myrtle Beach in 5 innings. Honel gave up three hits and walked four, but struck out six batters. On the other side of the ball, Eric Welsh and Eric Storey both had two hits each, Welsh with his 6th homer and 9th double of the year.

Before we go, there have been some roster moves. They are as follows:
(5/30) P Kris McWhirter sent to AA Birmingham; OF Eric Welsh activated from 15-day DL
(6/1) 2B Chris Amador received from ext. spring training; Tommy Nicholson sent to AAA Charlotte

6/4, 6/5 - @ Myrtle Beach
6/6, 6/7, 6/8 – vs. Frederick
6/9, 6/10 - @ Potomac

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