The Tennessee Smokies exiled the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 7-3.
Starter Cory Abbott got the win after allowing two runs on just four hits over six innings. Abbott stuck out four and walked one.
The Smokies blew this game open with a five-run sixth inning. The big blow in the inning was a two-run home run by left fielder Charcer Burks, which was his first of the season. Burks was 1 for 4.
Shortstop Vimael Machin was 2 for 4 with one RBI and two runs scored. He scored the Smokies’ first run of the game in the fourth inning when he scored from second base on a wild pitch.
Catcher P.J. Higgins was 2 for 4 with a two-run single in the fifth. Higgins scored on the Burks home run.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 1-0.
Javier Assad was brilliant tonight as he allowed just one hit over seven innings. The one hit was an infield single that went off Assad’s glove in the second inning. Assad struck out nine and walked just one. He faced the minimum 21 batters—one baserunner he picked off second base and the other one he erased with a double play.
It looked like the Pelicans were going to have a combined one-hit shutout (and the one hit was a questionable one) when Ben Hecht retired the first two batters in the ninth inning. But then Hecht gave up a clean two-out single for the second hit of the game. Hecht then struck out the next batter, but it was on a wild pitch which put runners on first and second with two outs. Dash shortstop Zach Remillard then hit was appeared to be the game-tying single, but left fielder Kevonte Mitchell threw a strike to the plate and the runner trying to score was tagged for the final out of the game.
Third baseman Cam Balego scored the only run of the game on a wild pitch in the fifth inning. Balego was 1 for 3.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs got run over by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 17-0.
Can we skip this one?
OK, starter Cam Sanders actually pitched decently, allowing a solo home run to the second batter of the game but little else. Sanders’ final line was one run on six hits over four innings. He did walk three and only struck out one.
Zach Mort gave up seven runs, Jack Patterson gave up six and shortstop Rafael Narea gave up three runs, in addition to three runs inherited from Patterson.
Center fielder Nelson Velazquez was 2 for 4 with a double.
Right fielder Jonathan Sierra was 2 for 4.