Today’s Pitching Matchups
RHP Dae-Eun Rhee (0-1 3.55 ERA)
Last Start: Rhee took a no decision pitching 4 innings, allowing 2 Earned Runs on 6 Hits with 1 Walk and 4 Strikeouts.
About Rhee: Was not drafted but signed as a free agent by the Cubs in 2007. Rhee missed portions of the 2008 and 2009 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Last season Rhee pitched 11 games for the Smokies and had an outstanding 5-1 record with 3.34ERA. His combined numbers in the Minor Leagues last season was a 6-1 Record with a 2.90 ERA over 15 starts. He held opponents to a .212 batting average while posting better than a 2 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio.
RHP Myles Jaye (0-1 3.94 ERA)
Last Start: Myles was credited with a no decision in his last start against Mobile. Jaye pitched 5 innings allowing only 3 hits and no runs.
About Jaye: Myles was drafted originally by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010 as a 17th round pick. He was acquired by the White Sox in 2012 in a trade with Blue Jays that also brought over former Barons pitcher Daniel Webb now with the White Sox. Jaye moved quick through the system last year pitching at 3 different levels. Overall Jaye was 13-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 28 starts.
The Barons fell to the Smokies 8-3 in game 2 of the 5 game series. Chris Beck took the loss for the Barons he is now 2-2 on the season. A couple bright notes for the Barons was the defensive play in the outfield and the 1st Home Run for rehabbing infielder Gordon Beckham (videos below). Barons Outfielder Michael Early had two outstanding catches in Left Field. Barons Infielder Micah Johnson had his 9 game hitting streak snapped last night.
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Today’s Starting Lineups
John Andreoli LF
Stephen Bruno 2B
Rubi Silva RF
Kris Bryant 3B
Dustin Geiger 1B
Rafael Lopez DH
Jae-Hoon Ha CF
Charlie Cutler C
Wes Darvill SS
Micah Johnson 2B
Gordon Beckham DH
Trayce Thompson CF
Kevan Smith C
Josh Richmond RF
Rangel Ravelo 1B
Chris Curley 3B
Michael Early LF
Dan Wagner SS
Tennessee Smokies (7-9)@ Birmingham Barons (9-7)
Game 2 of the Series
Special Easter Start Time 5:00 PM
Tonight’s Pitching Matchup
Tennessee Smokies: RHP CJ Edwards (0-0 2.45 ERA)
Birmingham Barons: Chris Beck (2-1 2.45 ERA)
Last Night (Game 1)
The Barons took the opening game of the series 5-4 last night. Barons 2B Micah Johnson reached based 5 times and extended his hit streak to 9 games. Johnson also picked up 3 stolen bases in the win. Rehabbing Chicago White Sox’s Infielder Gordon Beckham had a key ground rule double in the 5 inning. The double scored 2 and gave the Barons the lead and eventually the win. Kevin Vance picked up the win in relief. The Barons bullpen shutout the Smokies allowing only 4 hits over 4.2 innings to close the game. The win brought the Barons within 1 game of the North Division leading Huntsville Stars.
Listen to tonight’s game live on 105.5 WERC or http://www.wercfm.com. Video coverage of today’s game begins around 30 minutes prior to first pitch and is available online through MILB TV (subscription required). You can also follow Barons baseball online through the MILB First Pitch App free of charge or through the Barons Social media sites Twitter and Facebook. The Barons will return to action tomorrow for the 1st Business Fan Special. Game time is set for 11:30 AM.
Tonight’s Pitching Matchup
Tennessee Smokies (7-8): The Smokies will send to the mound RHP Matt Loosen (1-1 4.50 ERA). Loosen will be making his 3rd start of the season for the Smokies. He picked up the a win over the Lookouts in his last start, allowing only 2 earned runs and 4 hits over 5 innings. Loosen spent part of last season in High-A Daytona where he was 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA. He pitched a No Hitter on July 8th. Loosen eventually earned a promotion to AA where he went 3-3 with a 6.14 ERA in 13 starts for the Smokies.
Birmingham Barons (8-7): The Barons will send to the hill RHP Nick McCully (2-0 0.00 ERA). McCully will be making his 3rd start of the season and has not allowed an earned run this year. McCully pitched 5 Innings in his first 2 starts of the season. He has only allowed 4 hits total and 1 unearned run. McCully split time last season AAA Charlotte and Birmingham. Combined he went 9-6 for the 2013 season.
Tennessee Smokies: 3B Kris Bryant has been hot over his last 10 games posting a .310 Average while compiling a .480 on base percentage. Kris has 3 Doubles, 2 Homers, and has drawn 8 Walks over those last 10 games.
Birmingham Barons: 2B Micah Jonhnson has hit safely in 9 out of his last 10 games. This includes 3 multi hit performances. Johnson is hitting .350 over that 10 game span. Micah had back to back 3 hit games in the final two games of the Mobile series. His current .356 average is now 3rd in the Southern League.
This series features 5 different start times including two weekday games. Sunday will be a special Easter Day 5PM start. If you cant make it to the ballpark you can always follow the Barons while at home or the road. Barons baseball is broadcast on 105.5 WERC and http://www.wercfm.com while video of home games and select road games are streamed live on MILB TV (Subscription Required). This year Minor League Baseball is also offering two updated apps for you phone or tablet free of charge! Download the “MILB First Pitch” app to keep up while all Minor League baseball games in real time, or download the “MILB At the Ballpark” app that features exclusive content about your Regions Field experience.
After loosing their first 5 of 7 games, Birmingham has now won 5 straight to get within a single game of the division leading Huntsville Stars. Over the past five games, Barons” pitchers have only allowed a total of 5 runs. With big offensive performances on Saturday and Sunday, the Barons have outscored their opponents 25-5. That’s an average of 5 runs per game. Leading the way for the offense is the duo of Outfielder Tracye Thompson and Infielder Micah Johnson.
The two speedy hitters, have both hit safely in all 5 games of the winning streak, and both are dual threats with their speed and power. Thompson is adjusting to a new defensive position moving over from playing mostly a corner outfield spot in 2013. Johnson only played 13 games at the AA level last season and is recovering from off-season elbow surgery.
Tonight’s Pitching Matchups
Birmingham: Myles Jaye RHP (0-1 5.73 ERA)
Mobile: Michael Lee RHP (0-2 6.55ERA)
The Barons look to continue their streak tonight as they face off with the Bay Bears in Mobile for game 3 of the 5 game series. Keep up with all home and road games on the Birmingham Barons Radio Network of 105.5 WERC and www.wercfm.com as Barons’ Hall of Fame broadcaster Curt Bloom call the action live! The Barons return home for a 5 game series against the TN Smokies starting Saturday at Regions Field. Visit www.barons.com for tickets and promotion information.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 has struggled to open the season and is currently in last place in the Carolina League Southern Division.
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.
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