Game Recap (7/24): Barons 4, Biscuits 6

Game Recap 7/24

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Barons bullpen combined for five scoreless innings but the Barons dropped the series finale to the Montgomery Biscuits by a 6-4 final score.

Starter James Dykstra pitched four frames but allowed six earned runs and seven total hits, falling to 4-5 on the season. The California native walked two and struck out four.

Brandon Brennan tossed two scoreless innings of relief, not allowing a hit while adding three strikeouts. Southpaw Brian Clark continued a strong game for the Barons relievers with two more scoreless frames before Nolan Sanburn closed the game with a flawless ninth inning.

Joey DeMichele started the scoring for Birmingham in the first inning, bringing home Eddy Alvarez with a sacrifice fly to cut into Montgomery’s early lead.

Brady Shoemaker blasted his second home run since returning to the Barons roster in the fourth inning, making the score 6-2 before a sacrifice fly from Hunter Jones gave the Barons their third run.

Trey Michalczewski drove home the game’s final run, plating Keenyn Walker in the fifth inning to close the scoring.

Jordan Guerrero will start a five game road series against the Mississippi Braves Tuesday evening before the Barons return to Regions Field next Sunday evening.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons will return to Regions Field Sunday, July 31 to start a five game set against the Tennessee Smokies. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, http://www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

 

Birmingham vs Montgomery Game #5 Preview

Starting Pitchers

BIRMINGHAM: James Dykstra (4-4, 4.70 ERA) will be the starting pitcher for the Barons as they close out the series against Montgomery. Dykstra picked up a win the last time he was on the mound for Birmingham in Biloxi after pitching seven innings and allowing just three hits with eight strikeouts. Dysktra has retired 27 batters during his last ten appearances.

MONTGOMERY:  Yonny Chirinos (3-1, 3.31 ERA) will face the Barons tonight for the first time this season. Chirinos didn’t start his season with the Biscuits but made his first double A appearance of the year on June 27 in Biloxi where he picked up his first win after pitching six innings.

Offensive Leaders

BIRMINGHAM: Keon Wong led the Biscuits last night going 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI. Wong is hitting .206 on the season and .268 for the month of July with four homers in total.

MONTGOMERY: Marcus Lemon and Alfredo Gonzalez both collected two hits on the night during the Barons’ 5-0 loss against Montgomery. The Barons finished with six hits in total.

Game Recap (7/23): Barons 0, Biscuits 5

Game Recap 7/23

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Barons scattered six hits across nine innings but could not overcome Montgomery Biscuits starter Chris Kirsch in a 5-0 loss at Regions Field.

Kirsch, a 24-year-old southpaw, became the first pitcher to blank the Barons across all nine innings this year. Birmingham is now hitting .237 against left-handed pitching on the season and 2-11 against left-handed starters at Regions Field.

Tyler Barnette tossed six innings before falling to 1-3 on the season, surrendering nine hits and five earned runs while allowing one walk and recording no strikeouts. The Barons committed all three of their errors, including two in the first inning, with Barnette on the mound.

Zack Burdi threw two scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit while recording two strikeouts. The Louisville product was clocked at 100 MPH twice, throwing 18 strikes and 27 total pitches.

Colin Kleven continued his scoreless start with the Barons, working a flawless ninth inning out of the Birmingham bullpen. The 25-year-old Kleven has not allowed a run in his first 4.0 IP at the AA level.

At the plate, Marcus Lemon recorded his second straight multi-hit game and Alfredo Gonzalez added a 2-for-3 night to bump his batting average up to .327.

James Dykstra closes the series tomorrow afternoon at Regions Field with a 3:00 p.m. first pitch. The California native has won two of his last three starts and is 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA in four July outings.

About the Birmingham Barons

Following a Salute to Armed Forces finale against Montgomery, the Birmingham Barons will return to Regions Field Sunday, July 31. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, http://www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (7/22): Barons 2, Biscuits 8

Game Recap 7/22

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Barons posted a pair of late runs and recorded nine hits before falling to the Montgomery Biscuits 8-2 at Regions Field.

Spencer Adams tossed six innings in his AA debut, allowing three earned runs on four hits against Montgomery’s fifth ranked offense. The 20-year-old Georgia native allowed three walks while registering one strikeout. He threw 48 strikes and 84 total pitches.

Andre Wheeler threw a scoreless seventh inning out of the Barons bullpen before surrendering four runs in the eighth, including a three-run home run to Justin Williams that widened Montgomery’s lead to 8-0.

Matt Cooper closed the frame and tossed a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two Biscuits batters without allowing a hit or a walk.

Marcus Lemon brought home both of Birmingham’s runs, scoring Hunter Jones and Keenyn Walker with a single in the home half of the ninth to reach tonight’s 8-2 final score.

Jones recorded his second multi-hit game this week, posting two singles and two walks while Walker’s double proved to be Birmingham’s lone extra-base hit on the evening.

RHP Tyler Barnette returns to the mound tomorrow as the Barons and the Biscuits face off with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Regions Field. The first 1,000 fans 12 and under through the gates will receive a custom backpack thanks to our friends at Verizon.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons continue a five game set against the Montgomery Biscuits that includes Star Wars Night at Regions Field tomorrow, July, 23. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, http://www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (7/22): Barons 3, Biscuits 2

Game Recap 7/22

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Keon Barnum delivered the game-winning single as the Birmingham Barons posted a 3-2 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits in front of 8,294 fans at Regions Field.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Eddy Alvarez drew a leadoff walk before scoring on a Joey DeMichele triple to cut the deficit in half.

Courtney Hawkins plated DeMichele to draw the game even, setting up Barnum for the walk-off winner. With his ninth inning single, Hawkins became the lone Baron to post a multi-hit game tonight.

Birmingham entered the bottom of the ninth having posted just three hits before rattling off four knocks against Biscuits reliever Jaye Chapman. The Barons three runs mark the first three runs surrendered by Chapman in 15 AA innings this year.

On the mound, Barons starter Blair Walters delivered seven strong innings, allowing just one earned run on six hits.

Peter Tago took over in the eighth inning and tossed two scoreless frames in relief, holding the Biscuits at bay by allowing no hits while recording four strikeouts.

The Barons will announce their starter for tomorrow evening’s game prior to the 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Regions Field. The first 1,000 kids 12 and under through the gates at Regions Field will receive a promotional Barons jersey courtesy of Coca-Cola.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons continue a five game set against the Montgomery Biscuits that includes Friday Night Fireworks and Star Wars Night at Regions Field. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, http://www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (7/20): Barons 2, Biscuits 13

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BIRMINGHAM, AL – Joey DeMichele drove home both of Birmingham’s runs with a two-run home run in the sixth inning, but the Birmingham Barons fell to the Montgomery Biscuits by a 13-2 final score Wednesday evening at Regions Field.

DeMichele, a MiLB gold-glove winner at second base last season, now has eight homers in 88 games this season. This ties his career high mark from 2013 when he launched eight homers in 134 games as a member of the Winston-Salem Dash. Eddy Alvarez fired a single into center field for the Barons first hit of the night and scored on DeMichele’s homer.

Jordan Guerrero took the loss, lasting four innings and allowing seven earned runs on seven hits. Zack Burdi surrendered two homers in two innings of relief, adding three strikeouts in his third appearance at Regions Field this season.

Brandon Brennan allowed three more to cross in an inning out of the bullpen before Nolan Sanburn closed the game. The Indiana native worked two scoreless frames, allowing just one hit while racking up three strikeouts. He was the only Barons pitcher that did not allow a run or a walk.

Southpaw Blair Walters will toe the slab on Thirsty Thursday tomorrow evening at Regions Field. The California native is 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings pitched across three starts since the All-Star break.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons continue a five game set against the Montgomery Biscuits that includes Friday Night Fireworks and Star Wars Night at Regions Field. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, http://www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (7/18): Barons 2, Shuckers 0

Game Recap 7/18

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BILOXI, MS — The Birmingham Barons registered their second straight shutout victory over the Biloxi Shuckers, stealing the series with a late 2-0 win at MGM Park.

Eddy Alvarez delivered the decisive hit, bringing home Hunter Jones and Keenyn Walker with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. Jones got on base with a force out before recording his first steal at the AA level.

With Alvarez at the plate a wild pitch by Biloxi bullpen arm Tayler Scott advanced both Jones and Walker into scoring position, setting up the Miami native for what would become the game-winning base knock.

Birmingham starter James Dykstra twirled seven shutout innings, matching his season high with eight strikeouts. The California native allowed just three hits tonight and recorded his second scoreless start in three games against Biloxi this season.

Brian Clark tossed two scoreless frames in relief, allowing no hits while adding a strikeout for his third save of the season.

After dropping the first two games of the series by one run, the Barons have strung together two straight shutouts and limited Biloxi to just one run over the last three games. Tonight marks the first time this season the Barons have won three straight road games in a series.

Following an off day tomorrow, Jordan Guerrero will start the series against the Montgomery Biscuits Wednesday evening at Regions Field. In two starts against the Biscuits this season the southpaw is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA, having allowed two earned runs while adding 18 strikeouts.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons return to Regions Field Wednesday, July 20, for a five game set against the Montgomery Biscuits that includes Friday Night Fireworks and the second Star Wars Night of the season. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, http://www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (7/17): Barons 6, Shuckers 0

Game Recap 7/17
Box Score | Play-by-Play

BILOXI, MS — The Birmingham Barons once again dominated on the mound and at the dish, claiming a 6-0 shutout victory over the Biloxi Shuckers to even the series at two games apiece.

David Holmberg delivered on the mound once again, evening his record to 6-6 on the year after allowing just one hit across six innings of work. The southpaw added four strikeouts and allowed no walks.

Courtney Hawkins started the scoring for Birmingham, blasting his sixth home run of the season over the fence in left field to give the Barons a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Joey DeMichele brought home Hunter Jones with a sacrifice fly for Birmingham’s second run, just two batters after Jones recorded his first double of the game in his AA debut.

Jones, a 24-year-old from Seattle, Washington, posted his second two-bagger in the fifth inning to score Keenyn Walker before DeMichele delivered his second RBI of the game to give the Barons a 4-0 lead.

Now hitting .390 (16-for-41) over his last 10 games, Jones brought home Alfredo Gonzalez with a sacrifice fly for Birmingham’s fifth run, before a DeMichele walk drew home Gonzalez to reach tonight’s 6-0 final score.

Zack Burdi recorded two more strikeouts in a flawless inning of relief before Colin Kleven closed the game with two scoreless frames.

James Dykstra will start the finale as the Barons look to steal the series against Biloxi by taking their third straight win at MGM Park.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons hit the road briefly before returning to Regions Field Wednesday, July 20, for a five game set against the Montgomery Biscuits. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, http://www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter

Game Recap (7/16): Barons 9, Shuckers 1

Game Recap 7/16

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BILOXI, MS — Making just his second start of the season, Birmingham Barons pitcher Tyler Barnette tossed six strong innings to push the Barons past the Biloxi Shuckers by a 9-1 final score at MGM Park.

Barnette, who inherited the spot in Birmingham’s rotation vacated by Carson Fulmer, allowed just one run on three hits while recording four strikeouts in his longest outing of the season. The North Carolina native did not issue a walk while tossing 52 strikes and 76 total pitches.

Adam Engel started the Barons offensively extending his hit streak to 12 games with a leadoff double before scoring on a Shuckers throwing error in the first inning.

Two more doubles by Trey Michalczewski and Brady Shoemaker extended the Barons early edge to 3-0 before a Keenyn Walker single gave Birmingham a 4-0 advantage after just two frames.

Shoemaker continued the Barons rout of Biloxi, in the fifth inning, bringing home Courtney Hawkins as part of a 3-for-4 night at the plate.

Michalczewski, Keon Barnum, Ryan Leonards, and Walker each tacked on singles to push Birmingham toward tonight’s 9-1 final score with four additional runs in the ninth inning.

Andre Wheeler tossed a scoreless seventh frame before handing the ball over to Matt Cooper, who threw two scoreless innings to finish the game.

David Holmberg looks to even the series tomorrow as the Barons and the Shuckers face off with a 5:10 p.m. first pitch.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons hit the road briefly before returning to Regions Field Wednesday, July 20, for a five game set against the Montgomery Biscuits. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, http://www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter

Game Recap (7/15): Barons 3, Shuckers 4

Game Recap 7/15

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BILOXI, MS — Trey Michalczewski brought home a pair to tie the game late, but the Birmingham Barons dropped their second straight one-run game to the Biloxi Shuckers by a 4-3 final score.

Michalczewski, the White Sox no. 5 prospect, drove home Joey DeMichele and Adam Engel to give the Barons a brief 3-2 lead before Biloxi countered in the home half of the eighth inning. Peter Tago took the loss, surrendering a game-winning two-run home run to Shuckers catcher Parker Berberet.

Birmingham has now dropped five straight games and four consecutive one-run decisions.

Eddy Alvarez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a solo home run to put the Barons on the board in the sixth inning, tying him with Jake Peter and Adam Engel (who singled tonight to match Alvarez at 11 games) for the team-high this year.

Brandon Brennan held the Shuckers at bay in 2.1 innings of relief, stranding two inherited runners while allowing just one hit and adding two strikeouts.

Southpaw Blair Walters tossed 4.2 innings in his third start since returning from the disabled list, allowing just one earned run across five hits.

Tyler Barnette takes his turn in the rotation tomorrow night; inheriting the spot vacated by Carson Fulmer, who was promoted to the Chicago White Sox earlier today.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons hit the road briefly before returning to Regions Field Wednesday, July 20, for a five game set against the Montgomery Biscuits. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, http://www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter

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