Two Former Barons to Appear in WBC Qualifier

For some it’s the offseason and time to go home. For others, it’s a time to ramp up the stakes.

Instead of trading in a jersey for a t-shirt and some time on the couch a number of past and perhaps future Barons will don uniforms and represent their country in a qualification tournament for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

The winners from each qualifier will advance to the World Baseball Classic tournament, scheduled for March of next year. In addition to the four countries that win qualifying tournaments, 12 countries — Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela — have received automatic invitations based on their performance in the 2013 tournament.

Photo by Michael Wade

Photo by Michael Wade

RHP Brad Goldberg, a member of the Barons 2016 Opening Night roster, will toe the slab for the Israeli National Team. The 26-year-old Ohio native allowed one earned run in six innings pitched with Birmingham earlier this year, striking out seven of 25 batters faced in his AA debut.

A 10th round draft pick in the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox, Goldberg was promoted to the AAA Charlotte Knights on April 23.

Joining Goldberg on the Israeli squad is southpaw Alex Katz, who currently pitches for Class A-Advanced Winston-Salem Dash. Katz, 21, was selected in the 27th round of the 2015 MLB Draft and is expected to start the season in Winston-Salem next year. His next stop on his journey to the major leagues would be with the Barons.

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Andre Rienzo

Lastly, 2012 Barons RHP Andre Rienzo will also appear in the tournament representing Brazil. The 28-year-old Rienzo went 4-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 13 starts with Birminghamm, fanning 72 in 71.2 IP while working his way up to the Chicago White Sox. Rienzo became the first native Brazilian to start and win a MLB game.

Game Recap (9/4): Barons 4, Blue Wahoos 5

Game Recap 9/4

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — The Birmingham Barons saw three runs come across in the ninth inning, dropping the penultimate game of the season at Regions Field by a 5-4 final score.

Brian Clark took the loss, surrendering all three runs on three hits after being activated from the disabled list earlier in the day. The 23-year-old Ohio native had last pitched August 26.

Colton Turner recorded a hold out of the bullpen, throwing two scoreless frames without allowing a hit. Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays organization, Turner walked one and added three strikeouts.

Starter James Dysktra drew a no-decision, spinning six innings while giving up just two runs on nine hits. The California native struck out three and surrendered just one walk.

Courtney Hawkins started the scoring, trimming an early 2-0 deficit by driving home Keenyn Walker in the fourth inning. Marcus Lemon plated Hawkins later in the frame to tie the game 2-2.

Keon Barnum broke the tie two innings later, driving in Joey DeMichele with a sacrifice fly before a single by Lemon gave Birmingham a 4-2 edge.

After Pensacola plated three to put the Barons in a 5-4 deficit, Alejandro Chacin shut the door for his third save of the series.

Thaddius Lowry will start the season finale tomorrow with a special 12:30 p.m. first pitch at Regions Field.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons tackle the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Regions Field, capping the 2016 Southern League regular season Monday, September 5. For further information about the Barons and Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200 or visit www.barons.com. “Like” the Barons at www.facebook.com/birminghambarons and follow @bhambarons on Twitter for the latest news, notes, and promotional info.

Game Recap (9/3): Barons 2, Blue Wahoos 6

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — The Birmingham Barons broke out to an early lead but dropped their third straight game to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

Spencer Adams spun 6.1 innings for a no-decision, fanning four Blue Wahoos batters while not allowing a walk. The 20-year-old Georgia native was credited with two earned runs but exited with a 2-0 lead.

Andre Wheeler allowed two hits in his lone frame of relief, recording a blown save while surrendering three runs. The Texas native walked three batters before exiting with one out in the eighth inning.

Euclides Leyer took the loss, stranding the bases loaded before allowing two hits and two runs as part of a four run ninth inning. Brandon Brennan could not break through with a late stop, allowing all three inherited runners to score before finishing the game on the hill.

Birmingham posted eight hits, led by Trey Michalczewski’s 2-for-4 night that featured one of Birmingham’s two sixth inning runs.

Chris O’Dowd brought home the Barons’ lone RBI, scoring Michalczewski before Eudy Pina came home on a throwing error by Alex Blandino.

James Dykstra takes his turn in the Barons rotation tomorrow afternoon as Birmingham and the Blue Wahoos battle with a 3:00 p.m. first pitch at Regions Field.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons tackle the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Regions Field, capping the 2016 Southern League regular season Monday, September 5. For further information about the Barons and Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200 or visit www.barons.com. “Like” the Barons at www.facebook.com/birminghambarons and follow @bhambarons on Twitter for the latest news, notes, and promotional info.

Game Recap (9/2): Barons 6, Blue Wahoos 7

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — The Birmingham Barons battled back from an early deficit but could not come out on top in a 7-6 loss to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Regions Field.

Starter Blair Walters took the loss, throwing four innings and allowing six earned runs on six hits. Walters, 26, walked five but fanned seven Blue Wahoos batters across his four innings of work.

Matt Cooper changed the momentum of the game by tossing three innings of relief; allowing one run (none earned) and recording six strikeouts. Cooper, 24, has recorded a 2.33 ERA with 24 strikeouts and just six walks across his last 10 outings (19.1 IP).

Connor Walsh closed the game on the mound, spinning two frames while allowing one hit and picking up one punch out.

Birmingham broke out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a Trey Michalczewski homer, his second shot in the last three games.

Keenyn Walker brought the Barons back within two runs in the fourth inning, scoring Keon Barnum and Chris O’Dowd to make the score 6-4.

Joey DeMichele plated a pair to close the scoring, knocking home Hunter Jones and Keenyn Walker with a base hit in the home half of the sixth. DeMichele, 25, is now 6-for-10 with two runs and two RBIs this series.

Spencer Adams seeks his second straight win tomorrow evening as the Barons battle the Blue Wahoos with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. Adams, 20, spun seven shutout frames five days ago against the Tennessee Smokies.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons tackle the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Regions Field, capping the 2016 Southern League regular season Monday, September 5. For further information about the Barons and Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200 or visit www.barons.com. “Like” the Barons at www.facebook.com/birminghambarons and follow @bhambarons on Twitter for the latest news, notes, and promotional info.

Game Recap (9/1): Barons 8, Blue Wahoos 11

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — The Birmingham Barons posted 15 hits but could not come up with enough runs in an 11-8 defeat to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Regions Field.

With tonight’s announced crowd of 5,948 the Barons eclipsed the 400,000 attendance mark after 65 games this season at Regions Field.

Down 3-0 early, Birmingham battled back with six straight runs. Trey Michalczewski started the scoring in the third inning before an Eudy Pina groundout brought the Barons within one.

Courtney Hawkins crushed his 12th home run of the season to give the Barons a 6-3 advantage, but the Blue Wahoos brought in a pair of runs before taking the lead for good in the sixth inning.

Nolan Sanburn fell to 1-5 on the season, allowing nine earned runs on 10 hits while recording six strikeouts. Colin Kleven allowed a pair of inherited runners to score in the sixth inning as well as a home run in the seventh.

Euclides Leyer and Conor Krauss each worked a scoreless inning out of the bullpen as the Barons attempted to battle back. Keon Barnum crushed his fourth home run of the year and Hawkins plated Hunter Jones on a sacrifice fly to reach tonight’s 11-8 final score.

Joey DeMichele went 4-for-5 with a run and a double, becoming the first Baron since Adam Engel July 9 to record four hits in a game.

Southpaw Blair Walters will start the second game of the series tomorrow with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons tackle the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Regions Field for five games starting September 1. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200 or visit www.barons.com. “Like” the Barons at www.facebook.com/birminghambarons and follow @bhambarons on Twitter for the latest news, notes, and promotional info.

Game Recap (8/31): Barons 7, Smokies 8

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KODAK, TN — The Birmingham Barons tied a season-high with three home runs in an 8-7 defeat to the Tennessee Smokies in the final road game of the 2016 Southern League season.

Trey Michalczewski took control of Birmingham’s offense, posting a solo home run in the fourth inning and bringing the Barons within one run thanks to a home run in the seventh.

Joey DeMichele slugged his 11th homer of the year earlier in the game, scoring Alfredo Gonzalez and starting Birmingham’s mid-game rally.

Keenyn Walker led off the game with a solo home run as part of a 2-for-5 night at the plate. Marcus Lemon plated Hunter Jones in the third inning for Birmingham’s second run.

Thaddius Lowry spun just three innings in the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) on seven hits while failing to record a strikeout.

Brandon Brennan tossed three strong frames in relief, allowing an unearned run while recording no walks and three strikeouts.

Colton Turner gave up two hits and a walk out of the bullpen, but forced an inning-ending double play in the seventh inning. Connor Walsh closed the game on the mound with a scoreless eighth frame.

Nolan Sanburn starts the final series of 2016 tomorrow evening at Regions Field as the Barons battle the Pensacola Blue Wahoos with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons tackle the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Regions Field for five games starting September 1. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200 or visit www.barons.com. “Like” the Barons at www.facebook.com/birminghambarons and follow @bhambarons on Twitter for the latest news, notes, and promotional info.

Game Recap (8/30): Barons 3, Smokies 5

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KODAK, TN — The Birmingham Barons saw yet another quality start fail to end in victory, dropping the fourth game of the series to the Tennessee Smokies by a 5-3 final score.

Barons’ starter James Dykstra spun seven strong frames, allowing just one earned run on seven hits. The California native recorded three strikeouts while tossing 63 strikes and 98 total pitches.

Reliever Colin Kleven held the lead but took the loss, allowing a pair of hits and two earned runs in 0.2 innings out of the bullpen. Outfielder Courtney Hawkins kept Birmingham out front in the eighth inning, throwing out Chesny Young at home plate to preserve a Barons 3-2 lead.

Andre Wheeler allowed the decisive play of the game, getting tagged with a blown save after Ian Happ lofted the first pitch he saw over the fence in right-center field.

Marcus Lemon and Hunter Jones erased an early 2-0 deficit for the Barons; Lemon brought home Keon Barnum to start the scoring in the fourth inning before Jones slugged his second homer with Birmingham.

Barnum sent the Barons out front in the fifth, plating Hawkins with an RBI single. Jones paced Birmingham with a 3-for-4 night at the dish, while Barnum and Keenyn Walker each added a pair of hits. Trey Michalczewski coaxed a pair of walks.

Thaddius Lowry will start the series finale as Birmingham and Tennessee battle for the series win tomorrow night at Smokies Park.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons tackle the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Regions Field for five games starting September 1. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200 or visit www.barons.com. “Like” the Barons at www.facebook.com/birminghambarons and follow @bhambarons on Twitter for the latest news, notes, and promotional info.

 

Game Recap (8/29): Barons 3, Smokies 0

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KODAK, TN — The Birmingham Barons bounced back from a tough day on the mound yesterday to take a 3-0 shutout victory over the Tennessee Smokies tonight at Smokies Park.

Spencer Adams spun seven scoreless innings for his second high quality start of the season, allowing just four hits while surrendering no walks. The 20-year-old Georgia native fanned a season-high five batters and finished with 72 strikes among 96 total pitches.

Matt Cooper closed the game for his first save of the season, posting two strikeouts while facing seven batters across two innings of work.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon started the scoring, lofting his first home run of the season over the wall in right field to give the Barons a 1-0 edge.

Keon Barnum came across on an error in the seventh inning to give Birmingham a 2-0 advantage before Chris O’Dowd scored on a passed ball to give Birmingham a 3-0 edge.

Courtney Hawkins contributed the Barons second and final hit, but reached base three times thanks to a pair of walks. Keenyn Walker also walked twice.

James Dykstra takes to the hill tomorrow, five days removed from a strong seven inning performance against the Montgomery Biscuits.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons tackle the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Regions Field for five games starting September 1. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200 or visit www.barons.com. “Like” the Barons at www.facebook.com/birminghambarons and follow @bhambarons on Twitter for the latest news, notes, and promotional info.

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Game Recap (8/25): Barons 0, Biscuits 1

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MONTGOMERY, AL — The Birmingham Barons saw their tying run thrown out at home as the Montgomery Biscuits held on late for a 1-0 victory at Riverwalk Stadium.

Hunter Jones started the ninth inning with a double as the Barons attempted to tie, advancing to third base on a wild pitch. Biscuits infielder Kean Wong then fielded a grounder from Marcus Lemon before tossing out Jones with a play at the plate.

Barons’ starter James Dykstra worked seven strong innings and allowed just one run on seven hits, striking out two hitters while giving up just one walk in a tough loss.

Connor Walsh closed the game on the mound, surrendering no hits and no runs while adding a punch out in his second AA appearance.

Lemon, Joey DeMichele, and Ryan Leonards scattered singles throughout the game, with Jones’ double representing Birmingham’s lone extra-base hit.

RHP Thaddius Lowry starts the series finale tomorrow evening in Montgomery, entering with a 0-0 record and a 2.57 ERA after a high quality start in his AA debut last Sunday.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons face the Montgomery Biscuits & Tennessee Smokies on the road before batting the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Regions Field starting September 1. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, or visit http://www.barons.com, http://www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, and @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (8/24): Barons 3, Biscuits 6

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MONTGOMERY, AL — The Birmingham Barons battled back from an early deficit before a trio of late runs by the Montgomery Biscuits sent the Barons toward their 10th straight loss.

Spencer Adams spun six solid innings despite taking the loss, needing just 87 pitches to work through 6.1 frames on the mound. The 20-year-old Georgia native allowed eight hits and three earned runs while adding three strikeouts.

Southpaw Andre Wheeler stranded an inherited runner but surrendered a pair of runs in the eighth inning. Wheeler faced eight batters and recorded four strikeouts.

Second baseman Joey DeMichele powered the Barons offense, tying a season-high with three hits while also posting a run and two RBIs.

DeMichele’s triple in the second inning gave Birmingham an early 1-0 edge; the former Arizona State Sun Devil also added the Barons final run to tie the game 3-3 in the sixth frame.

Infielder Marcus Lemon drove home a run with a sacrifice bunt. First baseman Keon Barnum went 1-for-3 with a run and a walk.

James Dykstra takes to the mound tomorrow as the Barons and Biscuits meet at Riverwalk Stadium with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons face the Montgomery Biscuits & Tennessee Smokies on the road before batting the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Regions Field starting September 1. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, or visit http://www.barons.com, http://www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, and @bhambarons on Twitter.