Game Recap (5/23): Barons 7, Biscuits 3

Game Recap 5/23

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Barons bashed a trio of home runs to seal a series victory over the Montgomery Biscuits with a 7-3 win.

Infielder Nicky Delmonico slugged his ninth and 10th home runs of the season, giving the Barons an early lead with a first inning shot and sealing the game with an eighth inning blast off Biscuits pitcher Jared Mortensen. Playing designated hitter tonight, Delmonico now leads the Southern League in home runs, batting average (.338), slugging percentage (.676), extra-base hits (26), and total bases (96).

Keenyn Walker continued a strong start from the Barons, following up Delmonico’s two-run homer with a two-RBI double in the second inning to put the Barons out front 4-0. Joey DeMichele added his second home run in as many games later in the frame, plating Walker to give the Barons a 6-0 advantage after just two innings.

Barons’ starter Blair Walters excelled on the mound once again, earning his second straight victory in his fourth start with Birmingham this season. The California native worked six stout innings, allowing just three runs on six hits while adding eight strikeouts.

Matt Lollis and Brian Clark combined for two scoreless innings out of the Barons bullpen before Peter Tago shut the door with a scoreless ninth inning. The Barons bullpen allowed no hits in their three innings of work, combining to surrender just one walk while adding four strikeouts.

RHP Tyler Danish returns to the mound May 25th as the Barons battle the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to start a five game road series. In his lone start this season against Pensacola April 28th; Danish threw a complete game shutout for his second win of the season.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons hit the road for a five game series against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos before returning to Regions Field May 31st for a ten game series that includes the 21st edition of the Rickwood Classic Wednesday, June 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 or on Twitter: @bhambarons.

Birmingham vs Montgomery Game #5 Preview

Starting Pitchers

BIRMINGHAM: Blair Walters (1-1, 1.96 ERA) is tonight’s starting pitcher for Birmingham after a win against the Tennessee Smokies in Tennessee. Walters pitched eight innings allowing six hits and no runs. He retired three Smokies during his first win.

MONTGOMERY: Ryne Stanek (1-4, 3.89 ERA) has not won a game on the mound since Birmingham lost to Montgomery on May 7. Stanek pitched six innings allowed five hits, two earned runs and struck out five the last time he faced Birmingham.

Offensive Leaders 

BIRMINGHAM: Trey Michalczewski, Joey DeMichele and Nick Basto all went 2-for-4 at plate against the Biscuits. Basto recorded two RBI’s and DeMichele finished his evening with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Barons the 8-5 lead. Watch DeMichele’s home run below: 

MONTGOMERY: Willy Adames was Montgomery’s leader at the plate going 2-for-3 with one run scored. Adames has six home runs on the season with 20 RBI’s and is currently hitting 2.78.

Game Recap (5/22): Barons 8, Biscuits 3

Game Recap 5/22

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Barons bested the Montgomery Biscuits 8-3 in front of 7,102 fans at Regions Field, evening the series and approaching the Regions Field attendance record for a five game series.

Southpaw David Holmberg delivered seven strong innings for the Barons, finishing with four strikeouts and three earned runs allowed on just four hits. Both of Holmberg’s wins this season have come at home.

Nolan Sanburn pitched a scoreless eighth inning before inheriting three insurance runs on the way to his first save of the season. The Indiana native allowed just one hit in two innings pitched, adding one strikeout.

Eddy Alvarez started the scoring for the Barons, knocking a single in the fourth inning for Birmingham’s first hit of the game. The Barons shortstop advanced to third base on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on a wild pitch to give Birmingham an early 1-0 edge.

Joey DeMichele started the Barons fifth frame with a one-out triple before crossing home thanks to a Nick Basto double. Basto then scored on another wild pitch to give Birmingham a 4-0 lead.

Capping off a 2-for-4 game, Basto bashed his second double in as many innings to plate Nicky Delmonico before DeMichele sealed the victory with a three-run home run in the eighth inning to reach the 8-3 final.

LHP Blair Walters returns to the mound at Regions Field, looking to follow up a shutout victory against Tennessee that saw the southpaw toss eight scoreless innings for a 5-0 Barons win over the Smokies.

Of Note: By welcoming 7,102 fans through the gates at Regions Field (a Sunday game record), the Barons are 5,184 fans away from setting a new series record since moving downtown (35,988 fans is the current mark, set 05/04/15 vs TNS).

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons finish off a five game series against the Montgomery Biscuits Monday, May 23, looking to break the Regions Field record for attendance over a five game series. 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 or on Twitter: @bhambarons.

Birmingham vs Montgomery Game #4 Preview

Starting Pitchers

BIRMINGHAM: David Holmberg (1-4, 4.11 ERA) took a loss the last time he was on the mound for the Barons at Tennessee after six innings pitched allowing eight hits and four earned runs. Holmberg’s only win was when the Barons hosted the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on May 1.

MONTGOMERY: Taylor Guerrieri (2-2, 3.98 ERA) faced the Barons on May 6 and finished with a no decision after six innings pitched allowing seven hits two earned runs and striking out eight. Today he’s back on the mound for the Biscuits after pitching in Jacksonville and taking a loss after five innings pitched allowing three hits, three earned runs and collecting just one strikeout.

Offensive Leaders 

BIRMINGHAM: Joey DeMichele, Jake Peter and Nicky Delmonico all collected an RBI each in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Delmonico with a home run. The Barons had four hits on the night and these three Barons recorded one each including Courtney Hawkins.

MONTGOMERY: The Biscuits finished with 16 hits in total on the night and second baseman Kean Wong and catcher Mike Marjama.  Wong went 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI’s and one run scored and Marjama went 4-for-5 with three RBI’s and one run scored.

Game Recap (5/21): Barons 3, Biscuits 12

Recap 5/21

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Barons once again set a new attendance record at Regions Field, welcoming 8,607 fans for the third record-breaking crowd in the past four home games.

The Barons now average 7,160 fans through 18 home games this season, which leads the Southern League and ranks among the top ten in all of Minor League baseball.

Barons’ starter Carson Fulmer surrendered six earned runs in just over two innings pitched, giving up eight hits and walking one batter while posting two strikeouts. He threw 59 pitches, including 35 strikes.

Kyle Hansen tossed 2.2 innings in relief, allowing one earned run on three hits while adding three strikeouts. Reliever James Dykstra followed up with 2.2 innings as well, allowing two earned runs on five hits.

Hard-throwing Robinson Leyer delivered a scoreless appearance to close the game, tossing 1.1 innings without allowing a hit.

Offensively, Nicky Delmonico delivered his eighth home run of the season to put the Barons on the board, and Courtney Hawkins added a double in the 12-3 loss.

Joey DeMichele and Jake Peter delivered RBIs in the ninth inning.

Southpaw David Holmberg takes to the hill at Regions Field tomorrow afternoon, looking to draw the Barons even with the Biscuits in the series. The lone Barons pitcher with MLB experience allowed two earned runs over four innings in his lone start against Montgomery this season.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons remain at Regions Field for a five game set against the Montgomery Biscuits until Monday, May 23. 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 or on Twitter: @bhambarons.

Birmingham vs Montgomery Game #3 Preview

Starting Pitchers

BIRMINGHAM: Carson Fulmer (3-3, 4.76 ERA) will tonight’s starting pitcher for Birmingham at Regions Field since the last time he was on the mound May 11 against the Jackson Generals. Fulmer pitched four innings allowing four hits and four earned runs but the Barons took the win. The last time he pitched for the Barons was at Tennessee when the Barons faced the Smokies. Fulmer allowed three hits and no runs on five innings.

MONTGOMERY: Jacob Faria (0-4, 4.91 ERA) faced the Barons in Montgomery on May 5 when he pitched for six innings allowing four hits, two earned runs and five strikeouts. Last time he was on the mound for the Biscuits was in Jacksonville where he took a loss after six innings pitched.

Offensive Leaders

BIRMINGHAM: Jake Peter, Trey Michalczewski and Jeremy Dowdy all went 2-for-3 on the night last night being a part of the three runs scored by the Barons.

MONTGOMERY: Johnny Field and Casey Gillaspie led the Biscuits’ offense both going 2-for-4.

Game Recap (5/20): Barons 3, Biscuits 0

Game Recap 5/20

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham Barons starter Jordan Guerrero earned his first AA victory as the Barons blanked the Montgomery Biscuits 3-0 in front of 6,501 fans at Regions Field.

Guerrero, 21, is the White Sox no. 6 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. He threw six shutout innings, adding seven strikeouts while allowing no runs and just three hits. He walked two batters and threw 62 strikes as part of 95 total pitches.

Southpaw Brian Clark tossed an additional two scoreless innings, adding a pair of strikeouts for his second hold of the season. Peter Tago sealed the game with his fourth save of the season, forcing a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

At the plate, Trey Michalczewski started the scoring with a base hit that scored Jake Peter to give the Barons a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Catcher Jeremy Dowdy delivered Michalczewski in the bottom of the seventh frame with an RBI single, while an error in left field allowed Joey DeMichele to score from first base to put the Barons out front 3-0.

Barons’ outfielder Marcus Lemon made a spectacular catch in center field, tumbling to the ground to rob Jake Bauers of extra bases.

White Sox no. 1 prospect Carson Fulmer returns to the rubber at Regions Field tomorrow evening, as the Barons and the Biscuits face off in the third game of the series. Fulmer earned his third win of the season last time out against Montgomery, dishing out a season-high seven strikeouts while allowing just two earned runs over six frames.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons remain at Regions Field for a five game set against the Montgomery Biscuits until Monday, May 23. 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 or on Twitter: @bhambarons.

Game Recap (5/20): Barons 3, Biscuits 7

Game Recap 5/19

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Barons jumped out to an early lead, but could not hold on late in a 7-3 loss to the Montgomery Biscuits in front of a capacity crowd at Regions Field.

Tonight’s official attendance of 8,595 fans broke last week’s record setting mark, giving Birmingham a new attendance record for the second straight game. The Barons also became the first Southern League team to 100,000 fans this season, despite a league low 15 openings this year.

Nicky Delmonico lifted Birmingham to an early 3-0 advantage, delivering his team-high seventh home run of the season over the right field fence to score Eddy Alvarez and Eudy Pina.

With tonight’s 3-for-4 performance, Delmonico has moved into the Southern League lead with a .344 batting average, and slotted into second place in the SL with seven home runs and 44 total hits. He is now also tied for the league lead with 83 total bases.

Barons’ starter Tyler Danish lasted six innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits while adding two strikeouts. Mike Marjama answered with a three-run home run of his own off Danish in the top of the second to draw the Biscuits even 3-3, before Jake Bauers gave Montgomery a 4-3 edge an inning later.

Reliever Matt Lollis tossed two frames out of the bullpen, striking out four and allowing one unearned run. Brock Huntzinger also allowed an unearned run in his second appearance with the Barons.

LHP Jordan Guerrero toes the slab tomorrow, as the Barons look to break back into the win column with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Regions Field.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons remain at Regions Field for a five game set against the Montgomery Biscuits until Monday, May 23. 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 or on Twitter: @bhambarons.

Game Recap (5/18): Barons 5, Smokies 0

Game Recap 5/18

Box Score | Play-by-Play

KODAK, TN – Behind eight shutout innings from starter Blair Walters, the Birmingham Barons secured their first road series victory of the season with a 5-0 win over the Tennessee Smokies.

The well-traveled Walters earned the first AA win of his career, spreading six Smokies hits around 108 total pitches. The southpaw struck out three and induced three double plays. He now owns a 1.96 ERA in three starts with the Barons after beginning the year with the Class A Winston-Salem Dash. Nolan Sanburn added a scoreless ninth inning in relief.

A sacrifice fly from Marcus Lemon scored Nick Basto to give the Barons their first lead of the game in the third inning, before Knoxville native Nicky Delmonico extended Birmingham’s advantage to 2-0 with his sixth home run of the season.

Delmonico’s homer pushed the Farragut High School alum into a tie for third place in the Southern League, and marked his league leading 22nd extra-base hit. The sixth round draft pick now has seven RBIs in his last five games, and ranks among the SL leaders in a variety of categories despite missing the first seven games of the 2016 season.

Joey DeMichele scored on a missed catch in the fifth frame before an Eddy Alvarez groundout gave the Barons a 4-0 lead. DeMichele delivered Birmingham’s fifth run of the game an inning later, grounding into a force out but plating Eudy Pina to reach the 5-0 final.

RHP Tyler Danish starts a five game series against the Montgomery Biscuits tomorrow evening at Regions Field. Danish delivered a win with eight strong innings against the Smokies, allowing just one run on four hits while adding four strikeouts for his third win of the season.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons return to Regions Field tomorrow for a Thirsty Thursday showdown against the Montgomery Biscuits. 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 or on Twitter: @bhambarons.

#WCW: The Story of Two Barons and the Pass List

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Story by Jeff Spradlin

Just about everyone seems to have a celebrity crush, and baseball players are no exception. Some players keep it a secret, while others naturally shy away from the spotlight. Others, like Birmingham Barons infielder Nicky Delmonico, use the perks of their job to reach for the stars and bring some of Hollywood’s notable names to Regions Field or a number of ballparks on the road.

Players for the Barons are allotted a certain amount of tickets every game to be left on the “pass list,” which is reserved for friends or family members. However, when not hooking his family up with seats, Delmonico makes sure to leave at least one ticket for actress Kate Mara, who is best known for “The Martian”, “127 Hours”, and “Iron Man 2”.

“It all started last year” says Delmonico. “For the past two years I have put her name on the pass list for every game including Fall League.”

Whether it’s just silly or something more superstitious, Barons infielder Marcus Lemon has joined Delmonico atop the pass list each game, fawning over a celebrity crush of his own.

Lemon has the same routine as his teammate, leaving tickets to every game over the past two seasons for actress Nina Dobrev, of “The Vampire Diaries’” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” fame.

They have both been persistent on Twitter, sending numerous shout outs to the star actresses.

Unfortunately for Delmonico and Lemon, this story is not yet a tale of love. Both their crushes have yet to show up to a game, or respond to any of their tweets.

“I’ve tried getting everyone on the team to retweet when I mention her” says the persistent Delmonico.

When asked if he anticipates her making an appearance anytime soon, he claims that he will continue leaving tickets every game this season in hopes that she will eventually show up.

So who knows, among the many reasons to come to Regions Field, you may see a celebrity or two this season. And if you do, make sure to thank Delmonico and Lemon, whose pass list persistence may one day pay off.

You can follow Nicky Delmonico on Twitter @nicky_delmonico and Marcus Lemon @mluleart.

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