Game Recap (6/24): Barons 2, BayBears 5

Game Recap 6/24

Box Score | Play-by-Play

MOBILE, AL — The Birmingham Barons surged to yet another early lead, but found themselves surpassed by the Mobile BayBears in a 5-2 defeat at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Courtney Hawkins added his second straight multi-hit game was part of a 2-for-5 night, bringing home Adam Engel to give the Barons a 1-0 edge in the top of the first inning. Hawkins added his third outfield assist of the season later in the inning to preserve Birmingham’s slim lead.

Joey DeMichele posted his seventh home run of the season to bring the Barons back out front 2-1 in the fifth inning, but Mobile mashed two straight doubles to take the lead and start a streak of four unanswered runs in the home half of the frame.

After a 1-for-4 performance tonight, DeMichele is hitting .300 (6-for-20) out of the eight spot in the Barons lineup this season.

Barons’ starter Brandon Brennan suffered his fifth loss of the season, allowing five earned runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Southpaw Andre Wheeler allowed an inherited runner to cross home, but tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. Robinson Leyer finished out the game on the hill, hurling a scoreless eighth inning that featured two strikeouts.

Former BayBears pitcher David Holmberg faces his former team in the Port City tomorrow evening as the Barons seek their second win of the series with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons start the second half of the Southern League season at Regions Field June 29 against the Biloxi Shuckers. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (6/23): Barons 8, BayBears 5

Recap 6/23

Box Score | Replay

MOBILE, AL — Birmingham Barons outfielder Courtney Hawkins contributed three RBIs as part of a 3-for-4 night, helping power the Barons past the Mobile BayBears by an 8-5 final score.

Hawkins, the White Sox no. 9 prospect per MLB Pipeline, launched a three-run home run in the top of the first inning as Birmingham broke out to a quick 6-0 lead. Keon Barnum doubled home a pair of runners s well in the inning before scoring on a passed ball for the Barons final run of the first frame.

By posting six runs in the first inning, Birmingham has now hit around the order three times in the past six games. The Barons bats have posted 10 or more hits five times in their past nine games.

On the mound, Jordan Guerrero worked six innings in his first start of the second half, surrendering five earned runs on nine total hits. The southpaw from Simi Valley, California walked just one BayBears batter and added eight strikeouts on 91 total pitches.

Peter Tago posted two scoreless innings in relief to maintain a 7-5 edge, dancing around three hits while posting two strikeouts. After Adam Engel advanced home on an eighth inning wild pitch, Nolan Sanburn sealed the 8-5 victory with his fourth save of the season.

Brandon Brennan takes to the hill tomorrow evening as the Barons look to take two straight from the BayBears with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons start the second half of the Southern League season at Regions Field June 29 against the Biloxi Shuckers. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (6/18): Barons 3, Braves 2

Game Recap 6/18

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL — Birmingham Barons second baseman Joey DeMichele launched a game-winning single into left field, scoring Keenyn Walker and sending 7,619 fans at Regions Field home with a 3-2 victory.

Shortstop Eddy Alvarez started the scoring for Birmingham, plating Courtney Hawkins to give the Barons a 1-0 lead. Marcus Lemon’s bunt later in the inning gave the Barons a 2-0 edge after five innings, putting the Birmingham on the positive end of a pitcher’s duel early.

Barons’ starter David Holmberg earned a no-decision despite seven shutout innings on the mound. The veteran southpaw allowed just two hits and added five strikeouts while seeking his fourth straight victory.

Peter Tago was tagged with his second blown save of the season but limited the damage in the ninth inning thanks to solid defense behind him. Eudy Pina tossed out Dansby Swanson at home to preserve a 2-1 lead. Jake Peter followed up by gunning down Carlos Franco at the dish to keep the game tied at 2-2, allowing DeMichele’s extra-inning heroics.

Sean O’Connell recorded a double and scored, while Eddy Alvarez and Marcus Lemon added RBIs. Courtney Hawkins added a run in the victory, Birmingham’s first walk-off win since May 11 vs Jackson. DeMichele has been involved in all three of the Barons last AB wins this season.

Chicago White Sox no. 1 prospect Carson Fulmer finishes the first half tomorrow afternoon as the Barons and the Braves battle with a 3:00 pm first pitch at Regions Field.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons return to Regions Field to face the Mississippi Braves in their final first half series June 15-19. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (6/17): Barons 1, Braves 7

Game Recap 6/17

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL — The Birmingham Barons produced just four hits while allowing 16 knocks in a 7-1 loss to the Mississippi Braves in front of 8,033 fans at Regions Field.

Mel Rojas Jr. set the tone for the Atlanta Braves AA affiliate, launching a lead-off home run over the center field fence off Barons starter Brandon Brennan to give Mississippi a 1-0 advantage early.

The M-Braves continued to chip away at Barons pitching, scoring in five different innings and compiling 13 singles. Top prospect Dansby Swanson posted Mississippi’s lone double of the night while catcher Willians Astudillo added a 4-for-4 night at the plate.

Brennan allowed just four runs on 10 hits in five innings pitched, surrendering no walks and striking out two Braves batters. Reliever Andre Wheeler allowed two runs and fanned five in his second AA outing before Robinson Leyer closed the game with two innings out of the Barons bullpen.

Catcher Jeremy Dowdy posted two of Birmingham’s four hits, scoring the Barons lone run on a throwing error in the seventh inning. Eddy Alvarez recorded the RBI. Adam Engel extended his hitting streak to six games.

Southpaw David Holmberg looks to even the series tomorrow evening as the Barons and Braves face off at Regions Field. The veteran Holmberg has recorded three straight wins, and allowed just two earned runs in seven innings during his last home start.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons return to Regions Field to face the Mississippi Braves in their final first half series June 15-19. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (6/16): Barons 5, Braves 2

Recap 6/16

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL — The Birmingham Barons used 10 hits, including seven extra-base knocks, to power past the Mississippi Braves in front of 7,148 fans at Regions Field.

Third baseman Trey Michalczewski led the way for Birmingham, finishing a home run shy of the cycle as part of a 3-for-3 night at the plate. The White Sox no. 6 prospect also scored twice and drew a walk while registering his third multi-hit game in four nights.

On the mound, Barons starter Jordan Guerrero allowed just two runs on two hits over six stout innings. The White Sox no. 6 prospect struck out seven and walked five, finishing with 99 total pitches.

James Dykstra needed just 26 pitches to toss three scoreless frames for his second victory of the season. He has lowered his ERA to 4.50 from 7.07 over his last six appearances.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Courtney Hawkins started the scoring for Birmingham by forcing in Michalczewski to cut the Barons deficit in half. Keon Barnum singled home Jake Peter for the Barons second run, tying the score 2-2 after four frames.

Marcus Lemon scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning, pushed home on a Jake Peter sacrifice fly to center. The Barons tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth inning to reach tonight’s 5-2 final score.

Brandon Brennan returns to the mound at Regions Field tomorrow evening as the Barons look to take the series lead from the Braves with a 7:05 pm first pitch at Regions Field.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons return to Regions Field to face the Mississippi Braves in their final first half series June 15-19. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (6/15): Barons 1, Braves 2

 

Photo by Kamp Fender

Photo by Kamp Fender

Barons Drop Rain-Shortened Series Opener

Regions Field Sees First Rain-Shortened Barons Game since May 14, 2014

 

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Barons dropped a rain-soaked opener to the Mississippi Braves at Regions Field by a 2-1 final score as play was suspended with no outs in the eighth inning.

Tonight’s game marks the first rain-shortened contest at Regions Field since May 14, 2014 against Pensacola (five innings). All stats from tonight’s game are official, and tickets for tonight’s tilt will not be honored for a future home game.

Down 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Adam Engel rocked a triple over the head of Braves right fielder Dian Toscano to score Eddy Alvarez for Birmingham’s lone run. Alvarez had gotten on base earlier in the inning, posting his second single as part of a 2-for-3 night at the plate.

Southpaw Blair Walters tossed a high quality start despite being tagged with a tough loss, lasting seven innings and allowing just two earned runs on eight hits. The California native walked two and struck out seven while tossing 69 strikes and 104 total pitches.

Robinson Leyer walked his lone batter faced in relief before the rain poured down on Regions Field, forcing the game to be called after a 43 minute delay.

Left-handed pitcher Jordan Guerrero is set to start tomorrow evening as the Barons look to even the series with a 7:05 p.m. Thirsty Thursday first pitch.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons return to Regions Field to face the Mississippi Braves in their final first half series June 15-19. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (6/14): Barons 4, Shuckers 6

Recap 6/14

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BILOXI, MS — Third baseman Trey Michalczewski and catcher Jeremy Dowdy posted home runs but the Birmingham Barons dropped the series finale in Biloxi 6-4 at MGM Park.

The Barons offense posted 12 hits for the third consecutive night as four Birmingham batters recorded multi-hit games.

Michalczewski started the Barons scoring, delivering his fifth home run of the season to bring Birmingham a 2-1 lead before countered with a pair of runs in the fifth inning.

Dowdy’s two run homer pulled the Barons back out front 4-3, but Birmingham’s bullpen was unable to the lead.

Birmingham starter Carson Fulmer tossed five innings and recorded five strikeouts, allowing three earned runs on five hits in a no decision. Tyler Barnette added a scoreless sixth inning out of the bullpen before Biloxi broke out to a 5-4 lead on Barons pitcher Matt Lollis, who suffered his first loss of the season.

Nolan Sanburn surrendered a Shuckers insurance run in the eighth inning, sending Biloxi toward tonight’s 6-4 final score. Eddy Alvarez and Adam Engel led off the ninth inning with a pair of hits but Birmingham could not come back.

Southpaw Blair Walters is slated to start the series opener tomorrow evening at Regions Field as the Barons welcome in the Mississippi Braves for the first time this season. Walters worked a scoreless inning of relief out of the Barons bullpen against Biloxi.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons return to Regions Field to face the Mississippi Braves in their final first half series June 15-19. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Alumni Report: Anderson, Danish, & Ynoa Get the Call

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As the first half of the season comes to a close, let’s check in on how a number of former Barons are doing since getting the call to “The Show” or taking their careers one step closer to the South Side.

4/9/15 - Birmingham Barons - 2015 Opening Night

  • After 55 games with the Charlotte Knights, Tuscaloosa native Tim Anderson was promoted to the White Sox less than midway through his first AAA season. Anderson, 22, was hitting .304 (75-247) with 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 20 RBI, 39 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases prior to his June 10 promotion.

    The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Anderson led the Southern League as a member of the Barons with 160 hits, 79 runs scored, and 49 stolen bases. The 2015 Barons player of the year ranked third in batting average (.312) and tied for third in triples (12).

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  • Prior to his scheduled start against the Biloxi Shuckers, right-handed pitcher Tyler Danish became the 46th Baron to make the jump from Birmingham to the big leagues. Danish, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 6 Prospect in the Sox organization, went 3-7 with a 4.42 ERA (37 ER/75.1 IP), 47 strikeouts and one complete-game shutout with Birmingham before being called up.

    The 21-year-old made three appearances with the White Sox after his contract was purchased June 9, allowing two runs on six hits over 1.2 IP. He was optioned to the AAA Charlotte Knights after Chicago’s thrilling 10-9 victory over Detroit last night.

  • In a corresponding move, the White Sox recalled 2016 Barons bullpen arm Michael Ynoa from Charlotte. Ynoa, 24, has combined to go 1-3 with a 3.90 ERA (12 ER/27.2 IP), 24 strikeouts and four saves over 21 relief appearances this season between Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte. He has limited right-handers to a .210 (13-62) average.

April 24, 2016: Birmingham Barons at Chattanooga Lookouts

  • After dominating the Southern League to start the season, Barons infielder Nicky Delmonico has switched leagues and positions – lining up primarily in right field for the Charlotte Knights after being promoted during the last week of May.

    Delmonico, 23, is hitting .240 with two HR and nine RBIs in 20 games. He bumped his batting average to .302 with a 2-for-5 game against Lehigh Valley June 4.

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  • On the mound, former Barons reliever Brad Goldberg has lowered his ERA to 2.74 with AAA Charlotte, posting four saves in five chances over 18 games. The 26-year-old Cleveland native has limited opponents to a .238 batting average in 23.0 innings pitched, and has limited right-handers to a .189 batting average.

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  • Having made two appearances since being promoted last week, southpaw Brian Clark tossed 1.1 scoreless innings June 8, striking out two in his first AAA outing.

Game Recap (6/13): Barons 9, Shuckers 2

Game Recap 6/13

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BILOXI, MS — Eight of nine Birmingham hitters added an RBI and seven of nine came around to score as the Barons bested the Biloxi Shuckers 9-2 for their first win of the series at MGM Park.

Jake Peter started the scoring in the first inning, plating leadoff hitter Adam Engel to put the Barons out front 1-0. Eddy Alvarez continued the scoring with his first home run of the season to extend Birmingham’s lead in the third inning before Eudy Pina brought home Engel to give the Barons a 3-0 advantage.

The Barons continued pouring it on as Alvarez forced home Keon Barnum for the road team’s fourth run, before a five-run fifth inning put Birmingham out front by a 9-1 margin en route to tonight’s 9-2 final.

Trey Michalczewski singled home Joey DeMichele for the Barons fifth run before Keon Barnum registered his first double of the season to score Pina. Jeremy Dowdy reached on one of four Biloxi errors before Marcus Lemon scored Barnum on his second single of the evening.

Engel rounded out the scoring, bring home Dowdy with yet another single before Shuckers pitcher Tyler Spurlin finally closed out the frame.

On the mound, Barons starter David Holmberg struck out five batters in his first two innings of work on the way to his third straight victory. The veteran southpaw allowed just two earned runs on eight hits in six innings pitched.

Peter Tago added five strikeouts in two flawless frames in relief and Brock Huntzinger tossed a scoreless ninth inning out of the bullpen.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons travel to Biloxi to face the Shuckers before returning to Regions Field June 15 to battle the Mississippi Braves. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

Game Recap (6/12): Barons 5, Shuckers 6

Game Recap 6/12

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BILOXI, MS — The Birmingham Barons came through with four early runs but saw the Biloxi Shuckers counter with four home runs in a 6-5 defeat at MGM Park Sunday evening.

Garrett Cooper’s second homer of the game gave the Barons their fourth straight loss, with Cooper sending a Nolan Sanburn pitch over the right field fence for the game-winner. Sanburn had not allowed an earned run in over a month and had recorded three straight saves before taking the loss as part of tonight’s 6-5 final score.

Starter Brandon Brennan lasted 5.2 innings in his return to the Barons rotation, allowing three earned runs on six hits while recording five punch outs. The 24-year-old tossed 63 strikes and 100 total pitches.

Andre Wheeler surrendered a pair of home runs in his AA debut, allowing both inherited runners to score in the sixth inning and departing the game with a blown save after Biloxi evened the score 5-5 in the seventh.

At the dish, Eddy Alvarez led the Barons with two hits and a pair of RBIs that bumped his batting average up to .212 this season. Sean O’Connell and Courtney Hawkins each doubled as the Barons contributed 12 hits but were unable to secure their first victory at MGM Park.

The Barons have now lost three straight games when posting 10 or more hits dating back to May 26, and are 7-8 on the road this season when out-hitting their opponent.

David Holmberg looks to record his third straight victory tomorrow evening, having allowed four earned runs in his last two starts (14.0 IP).

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons travel to Biloxi to face the Shuckers before returning to Regions Field June 15 to battle the Mississippi Braves. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200, visit http://www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons, @bhambarons on Twitter.

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