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Series Pitching Matchups

Mon  7:05 PM RHP Chris Beck (1-1, 7.20) VS. RHP Chase Anderson (2-0, 0.00)
Tue  7:05 PM RHP Myles Jaye (0-1, 5.73) VS. LHP Andrew Chafin (0-0, 0.87)
Wed  7:05 PM LHP Scott Snodgress (0-1, 10.29) VS. RHP Mike Lee (0-2, 6.55)
Thur 7:05 PM RHP Terry Doyle (1-1, 5.23) VS. RHP Bryan Woodall (0-0, 2.53)
Fri 7:05 PM RHP Nick McCully (2-0, 0.00) VS. RHP A.J. Schugel (1-0, 1.54)

 

Tonight’s Starters

Birmingham Barons

RHP Chris Beck

HT 6’3 WT 225

(1-1) 7.20 ERA

Last Time Out: Beck took the loss giving up 6 runs on 9 hits over 5 innings.

 

Mobile Bay Bears

RHP Chase Anderson

HT 6’0 WT 190

(2-0) 0.00 ERA

Last Time Out: Pitched 6 innings allowing 4hits & no runs. He walked 2 hitters but stuck out 6 in the win.

 

Notes

Birmingham Barons (5-5)

Recently: The Barons come in to Mobile with a 3 game win streak on the line. After dropping their opening series to the Biscuits and the first 2 games to Jacksonville the Barons were able to rally back and bring their record even at 5-5. 

Who’s Hot: Outfielder Trayce Thompson comes into today’s game hitting .359, tied for fourth place in the Southern League. In yesterday’s 9-1 win over Jacksonville, Thompson had 3 hits including two extra base hits.

Mobile Bay Bears (6-4)

Recently: After winning their opening series 3-2 over Mississippi, Mobile   also took 3 of 5 games from Montgomery.

Who’s Hot: Outfielder David Peralta is tied with the Barons Trayce Thompson for 5th place in the Southern League batting race with .359 average. Peralta has a 5 game hitting streak including a 3 hit performance on Saturday vs. the Biscuits.

 

Barons Headlines 4/14/14

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Organization Report 4-12-14

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Charlotte Knights – Triple-A

Who’s Hot This Week – Tyler Saladino – Saladino, who spent the entire 2013 season as a Baron, has had a very successful start in Charlotte. He leads the team in batting average (.370), runs (6), and stolen bases (2), to go along with 4 runs batted in and 2 doubles. Scott Carroll – Carroll, who also spent time with the barons in 2013, is off to a fantastic start with the Knights. He is 2-0 to open the season with a league leading ERA OF 0.00, with 7 strikeouts over 12 innings of work. The Knights are 1-4 this week and are in third place in the International League.

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Winston-Salem Dash – A+

Who’s Hot This Week – Courtney Hawkins – Hawkins is on fire to start the season. He leads the Carolina League in home runs (3) and runs batted in (14) while batting .387 with 7 runs scored and 4 doubles. Hawkins is the 7th rated prospect in the white Sox organization. Winston-Salem is 6-3 to open the season and leads the Carolina League North Division.

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Kannapolis Intimidators – A

Who’s Hot This Week – Cleuluis Rondon – To start the 2014 season Rondon is off to a very good start. He is hitting .306 with 11 hits, 5 runs batted in, 3 runs scored, 3 doubles, and 3 stolen bases.Kannapolis is 4-5 this season and currently remains in 5th place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division.

 

Barons Headlines for Wednesday April 4th

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Southern League Championship Game 5 Preview

The Mobile BayBears pitching has shutout the Barons offense the last two nights and staved off elimination for the second straight night to even the series at two games a piece after winning game 4 by a score of 3-1. In game 5 anything can happen as the BayBears could win their third straight Southern League Championship or the Barons could win it for the first time since 2002. This is a similar situation like in the North Division Championship Series where the Barons won the first two games, then lost the next two, and are now playing a game 5.

The Barons will send out Myles Jaye (0-1, 17.18 ERA) in game 5 in hopes that they will clinch the Southern League Championship tonight. It will be his first appearance against the BayBears. Jaye started game 5 of the North Division Championship Series where he pitched 2.0 innings and allowed two earned runs.

The BayBears will counter with Bradin Hagens (11-8, 3.47) who has only pitched 1.0 scoreless innings this postseason. Hagens was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA (6 ER/12.0 IP) against the Barons during the regular season.

Could tonight be the night that the Barons win the whole thing and celebrate with champagne? Make sure to tune into the game at 105.5 FM WERC, http://www.wercfm.com,(available on iHeart Radio), or MILB.tv

Southern League Championship Series Game 4 Preview

 The Barons offense was held silent last night in game 3 as they lost 6-0 against a very impressive Andrew Chafin and the Mobile BayBears. Spencer Arroyo did not look nearly as sharp as he took the loss after pitching only 3.2 innings

The Barons will have a chance to clinch the championship in game 4 tonight as they will send Scott Snodgress (11-11, 4.70 ERA) to the mound in hopes they will end it. Snodgress was 1-1 with a 8.22 ERA (7 ER/7.2 IP) against Mobile during the season. The BayBears will send out Bo Schultz (5-4, 2.86) in hopes of sending this series to game 5 as he was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA (3 ER/12.0 IP) against the Barons this year.

Could tonight be the night that the Barons win the whole thing and celebrate with champagne? Make sure to tune into the game at 105.5 FM WERC, http://www.wercfm.com,(available on iHeart Radio), or MILB.tv

Southern League Championship Game 3 Preview

Trayce Thompson picked a good time to get hot at the plate as he hit a solo home run in a tied 2-2 game against the Mobile BayBears in game 2 to give the Barons the lead for good and gave them the win as well as a 2-0 series lead in the Southern League Championship. The Barons offense exploded again for eight runs as five of them came in the eighth inning to give some comfort room in their lead. It seems as though the offense that struggled in August was the thing of the past as their offense has been red-hot this postseason and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Barons are now one win away from becoming the champions of the Southern League for the first time since 2002.

In game 3, the possible series clinching game, the Barons will send Spencer Arroyo (9-7, 3.42 ERA) to the mound at Regions Field. Arroyo has been very impressive against the BayBears this season as he was 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA (2 ER/10.0 IP) in two starts. The BayBears will counter with another southpaw in Andrew Chafin (10-7, 2.85 ERA) who was impressive in his only start against the Barons as he pitched 5.0 innings only allowing one earned run and picking up the win.

With a 2-0 lead in a series that is best of five and the Barons now have the home-field advantage, it is looking very good for the team.

Starting Lineups

BayBears

1. Ender Inciarte CF

2. Nick Ahmed SS

3. Justin Greene LF

4. Nick Evans 1B

5. Garrett Weber 3B

6. Raywilly Gomez C

7. Dustin Martin RF

8. Ryan Court DH

9. Mike Freeman 2B

Barons

1. Micah Johnson 2B

2. Cody Puckett 3B

3. Trayce Thompson RF

4. Dan Black 1B

5. Michael Earley LF

6. Tyler Saladino SS

7. Brandon Jacobs DH

8. Mike Blanke C

9. Keenyn Walker CF

Could tonight be the night that they win the whole thing and celebrate with champagne? Make sure to tune into the game at 105.5 FM WERC, http://www.wercfm.com,(available on iHeart Radio), or MILB.tv

Southern League Championship Game 2 Preview

The Barons offense exploded for eight runs last night and Chris Bassitt was impressive again as he threw 5.2 shutout innings as they won 8-3 over the Mobile BayBears to take a 1-0 lead in the Southern League Championship. In tonight’s matchup of game 2, Chris Beck (2-2, 2.89) will go against the Mobile offense as he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (3 ER/6.0 IP) against the BayBears this season. David Holmberg (5-8, 2.75) will counter against Beck as he was 0-1 with 1.80 ERA (2 ER/10.0 IP) against the Barons this season.

 
Tune into the game at 105.5 FM WERC, http://www.wercfm.com,(available on iHeart Radio), or MILB.tv

Southern League Championship Series Preview

The Barons got off to a 2-0 start against the Tennessee Smokies in the best of five series in the North Division Championship Series, but then the Smokies came back to win the next two to tie it up. It looked like the Smokies had all the momentum and with having home field advantage, the Barons would have to play hard to win the decisive game 5. They did so winning 7-4 with Cody Winiarski striking out the Chicago Cubs top prospect Javier Baez. Ryan Kussmaul pitched 3.0 scoreless innings to keep the Smokies offense at bay. Trayce Thompson was arguably the most valuable player in the series against Tennessee as he hit .300 with one home run and six RBI’s. The Barons also got solid hitting from Tyler Saladino (.333), Jared Mitchell (.300), and Mike Blanke (.333) as well as newly promoted second baseman, Micah Johnson, who hit in the lead off spot and produced five stolen bases, six runs, three RBI’s, and has an on base percentage of .409.

They now face off against the Mobile BayBears, who just came off a 15-0 win and a series win against the Mississippi Braves in the South Division Championship, in the Southern League Championship. The BayBears have won the last two Southern League Championships and are vying for their third straight in this series against the Barons. The team has been paced by the top pitching prospect in all of baseball, Archie Bradley, and former Barons outfielder, Justin Greene. Each team won a series four games out of five against one another in the regular season

Top Mobile players against the Barons
LHP Andrew Chafin: 1-0, 1.80 ERA (1 ER/5.0 IP)

RHP David Holmberg: 1.80 ERA (2 ER/10.0 IP)

IF Nick Evans: .368, two home runs, 11 RBI’s

Top Barons players against Mobile

OF Brandon Jacobs: seven RBI’s

OF Keenyn Walker: two home runs and four RBI’s

LHP Spencer Arroyo: 1.80 ERA (2 ER/10.0 IP)

 

In game 1 of the Southern League Championship, the Barons will play at Mobile as they send Chris Bassitt (4-2, 2.27 ERA) out to the mound as he is 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA (1 ER/11.2 IP) against the BayBears this season. The BayBears will counter with a red hot Archie Bradley (12-5, 1.97 ERA) who hasn’t lost a game since losing to the Barons on July 27th. He is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA (4 ER/12.0 IP) against the Barons this season.

 
Tune into the game at 105.5 FM WERC, http://www.wercfm.com,(available on iHeart Radio), or MILB.tv

Southern League North Division Championship Series Game 2 Preview

 The Barons used momentum going into the playoffs as they beat the Tennessee Smokies in game one of the Southern League North Division Championship. Chris Bassitt pitched a gem as he allowed a run on three hits over 7.0 innings pitched. He struck out nine batters as well. Trayce Thompson contributed with a solo home run and an RBI single.

In tonight’s matchup the Barons will send out Chris Beck (2-2, 2.89) and he will be opposed by Dae-Eun Rhee (5-1, 3.34). This will be the second time they will face off as the Smokies defeated the Barons on August 19th. Beck pitched 5.0 innings allowing six runs (five earned) and 11 hits in that outing. Rhee pitched 7.0 innings allowing two earned runs and three hits

Lineups

Smokies

1. Matt Szczur CF

2. Arismendy Alcantara 2B

3. Javier Baez SS

4. Justin Bour 1B

5. Christian Villanueva 3B

6. Rubi Silva DH

7. John Andreoli LF

8. Brett Jackson RF

9. Rafael Lopez C

Barons

1. Micah Johnson 2B

2. Cody Puckett DH

3. Trayce Thompson RF

4. Dan Black 1B

5. Michael Earley LF

6. Tyler Saladino SS

7. Mike Blanke C

8. Dan Wagner 3B

9. Jared Mitchell CF

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