The Barons come in to the games following a loss that snapped a their 11 game winning streak. The Streak was the second longest in team history behind the 1989 team who won 14 straight. The Barons return to Regions Field where they have won 13 of 15 games this season. The .867 home winning percentage leads all Minor League teams. The winning streak has increased the Barons lead to 7.5 games in the North division of the Southern League.
The Biscuits come in with a record of 18-17 on the season. Montgomery is in 3rd place in the South portion of the Southern League. They trail Mississippi by 5 games. The Biscuits are coming off a series with the Braves where they lost 4 of 5 games.
Dan Black- Dan remains hot with a .412 Average, including 14 hits, 14 RBI and 12 walks in the 10 game streak.
Andy Wilkins- Wilkins is hitting .349, with 15 hits, 5 Home Runs, & 13 RBI in his last 10 games. He is now hitting .300 on the season.
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There are many old sayings in baseball and one in particular holds true for the Barons offense the past two nights. “No two games are ever alike”. It’s a baseball saying that dates back many decade.s The last two ball games for the Barons offense has produced stats that are rarely seen in pro baseball. In this post we will take a closer look into numbers of the Barons last two 16-14 & 16-0 victories .
Barons Last Two Games by the Numbers
13 Innings The Barons have won the last two games but have only batted in 13 innings in the wins.
32 Runs Birmingham produced back to back 16 runs games at the plate in consecutive wins.
28 Hits- The Barons combines 17 hits on Sunday and 11 hits in Tuesday’s rain shortened victory.
50 Runners on Base- Birmingham had 31 runners reach base on Sunday and 19 more on Tuesday.
8 Pitchers Faced- The Barons were able to get into their opponents bullpen early & often facing 5 pitchers on Sunday and 3 on Monday.
19 Walks- Barons’ hitters have proven that a walk is as good as a hit by drawing 13 walks on Sunday & 6 on Tuesday.
9 Extra Base Hits- most of the damage against the opposing team has been done by singles and walks. Only 9 of the Barons 28 hits were extra base hits.
29 Runs Batted In-The offence has proven to be clutch in the last two games by driving in 29 of the 32 runs they have scored.
Additional Notes on Sunday’s 16-14 Win
The Barons were able to score 16 runs on Sunday without the aid of a home run. In the victory, 8 of the 9 starters in the lineup produced hits. The only Baron without a hit was Michael Blanke who reached base 3 times by walks. The Barons were on their 6th time though the lineup when the inning ended in the 8th. The regulation 8.5 inning games lasted 4 hours and 11 minutes without any major weather delays. In addition to the 16 runs scored the Barons also left 15 runners on base.
Additonal Notes on Tuesday’s 16-0 Win
After scoring 16 runs without the aid of a home run on Sunday, the Barons’ hitters made up the difference on Tuesday by crushing 4 Home Runs out of Smokies Park in a 16-0 rain shortened victory. Those 4 Home Runs came in only 5 innings of play! Every Birmingham starter reached base at least once in the victory for the second straight game. The Barons’ batters combined to drive in 7 of 13 runners in scoring position (53%). Dan Black improved his Southern League lead in Runs Batted In with 5 more on Tuesday. He now has 30 RBI in 30 games played.
Top of the Class
With the offensive explosion in the last two games, the Barons now led the league in several categories including Average (.269), On Base Percentage (.366), Runs (173), Hits (275), Total Bases(409), Walks (145), & Slugging Percentage(.399). Birmingham’s 21 wins are the most in the Southern League but only one in front of the South Division leader Mississippi Braves who have won 18 of their last 21 games.