Game Recap (5/4): Barons 1, Biscuits 2

Game Recap 5/4

Box Score | Play-by-Play

MONTGOMERY, AL — Birmingham Barons starter Tyler Danish followed up his April 28th shutout at Regions Field with another stout performance, but the Barons could not turn nine hits into enough runs in a series opening 2-1 defeat to the Montgomery Biscuits.

Danish, a 21-year-old right-hander, delivered seven innings pitched and surrendered just four hits while striking out five in his third loss of the season. Danish has allowed just eight runs in his past five starts (33.1 IP), dropping his ERA to 3.38 on the year.

Joey DeMichele posted a 2-for-4 night for the Barons, lacing a double into left field before being scored by Keenyn Walker for the Barons lone run of the game.

Catcher Jeremy Dowdy added a double that nearly found its way over the center field wall, extending his hitting streak to five games (8-for-17) since being promoted to the Barons starting catcher spot.

LHP Brian Clark came on in relief, throwing a scoreless eighth inning and lowering his ERA this season to 0.59. Clark needed just eight pitchers (seven strikes) to face five batters, forcing four groundouts and leaving the frame unscathed after recording an error.

Southpaw Jordan Guerrero heads to the hill tomorrow for the Barons, making his first start behind Danish since being swapped in Birmingham’s rotation with RHP Carson Fulmer. Guerrero, the White Sox no. 6 prospect, is seeking his first win of the season.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons hit the road to face the Montgomery Biscuits before returning to Regions Field Monday, May 9th. For further information about the Barons and the 2016 season at Regions Field, please call (205) 988-3200 or visit www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons or on Twitter: @bhambarons.

Barons Week in Review (4/28-5/4)

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Leading Off

Barons Record: 10-15, T-4th in Southern League North Standings

Last Week: The Barons wrapped up a 10-game road trip in Tennessee before facing the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Regions Field. Birmingham took three of the five games, highlighted by a complete game shutout from Tyler Danish in the series opener.

This Week: Birmingham hits the road for a five game series against the Interstate-65 rival Montgomery Biscuits before returning to Regions Field to face the SL North leading Jackson Generals.

WED 5/4 @ MTG 7:05 PM

THU 5/5 @ MTG 7:05 PM

FRI 5/6 @ MTG 7:05 PM

SAT 5/7 @ MTG 6:35 PM

SUN 5/8 @ MTG 2:05 PM

MON 5/9 vs. JXN 7:05 PM

TUE 5/10 vs. JXN 7:05 PM

Prospect News & Notes

  • RHP Tyler Danish pitched the first complete game of the Southern League season this past Thursday, throwing an emotional shutout on his late father’s birthday. The 21-year-old prospect struck out six while allowing just two walks and three hits, improving his record to 2-2 this year. He was allowed just two earned runs in his past 20.1 innings pitched. He was named the Southern League’s Pitcher of the Week this past Monday, and makes his next start in Montgomery tonight.
Michael Wade - Lindy's 2016 Photo Submittal

Michael Wade

  • Barons INF Joey DeMichele received his 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove this past Sunday at Regions Field, declaring him as the best defensive second baseman in Minor League Baseball last season.
  • RHP Carson Fulmer earned his second win of the season in the second game of the series against Pensacola, which was the first part of a Saturday evening doubleheader at Regions Field. The Vanderbilt alum tossed six innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out three in the Barons victory.

Deeper in the Lineup

  • Barons IF Nicky Delmonico continues to tear up the Southern League since entering the Barons lineup, recording 14 RBIs in 18 games and adding four home runs with a .373 batting average (25-for-67). The 23-year-old Delmonico has dramatically improved over his first season with the Barons thus far, and leads the league in several statistical categories despite missing the first seven games of the season.
Michael Wade

Michael Wade

  • Outfielder Keenyn Walker has impressed at the plate, on the bases, and in the field, posting his strongest numbers at the AA level 14 games into the year. Walker is hitting .255 with a .386 on-base percentage this year, and is 10-for-35 with six runs, four RBIs, and five stolen bases in his last ten games.

Revolving Door Roster

  • Since returning from the road, the Barons have seen catcher Omar Narvaez promoted to AAA Charlotte, and catcher Chris O’Dowd promoted to the Barons from the Winston-Salem Dash. Narvaez is hitting .545 (6-for-11) in his first three games at AAA, while Jeremy Dowdy has gone 5-for-9 with two home runs and six RBIs in his past three games.
  • Infielder Marcus Lemon has been promoted to the Knights as well, with the Barons adding INF Ryan Leonards in his place. Additionally, LHP Blair Walters has joined the Barons, and will be Birmingham’s no. 5 starter. RHP Brandon Brennan has been transferred to the Winston-Salem Dash.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons close out their first home series of the 2016 season at Regions Field April 16th against the Tennessee Smokies. For ticketing information, game schedules, promotional calendars, or additional information about Regions Field, call the Barons front office at (205) 988-3200.

Birmingham at Montgomery Game #1 Preview

The Barons start another series after an off-day facing the Montgomery Biscuits for the first time this season. The Biscuits are coming off a series loss against Chattanooga while the Barons look for their first road series win.

The current Southern League pitcher of the week Tyler Danish (2-2, 3.56 ERA) will face the Biscuits for the first time this season after shutout during his last start at Regions Field against Pensacola. Danish has pitched 30 innings this season, ranking second in the most innings pitched for Birmingham right behind David Holmberg. He has recorded 18 strikeouts on the season and will be looking for his second road win tonight in Montgomery.

Guys like Josh Richmond, Eddy Alvarez, Jake Peter and Nick Delmonico were key to the offense against Pensacola. These Barons will look to help out their pitcher tonight to take the first game of the series in Montgomery. Below are highlight videos of Richmond and Delmonico homeruns.

Recap (5/2): Barons 3, Blue Wahoos 6

Game Recap 5/2

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Adam Engel posted a pair of runs, walks, and stolen bases, but the Barons dropped a Monday matinee 6-3 to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in front of 8,285 fans at Regions Field.

RHP Nolan Sanburn made a spot start for the Barons, lasting three innings and allowing just two earned runs before being relieved by James Dykstra. Robinson Leyer and Matt Lollis both pitched a pair of innings out of the bullpen for Birmingham, who won the five game series despite dropping the finale today at Regions Field.

Trey Michalczewski posted an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning to score Eudy Pina and give the Barons a 2-1 lead after one frame. Pensacola jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the middle innings before Eddy Alvarez plated Engel to bring the Barons within one run in the bottom of the seventh.

Tyler Danish, who was announced as the Southern League’s Pitcher of the Week for his complete game shutout against Pensacola April 28th, heads to the hill May 4th when the Barons take on the Montgomery Biscuits for the first time this season.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons head down Interstate-65 to take on the Montgomery Biscuits before returning to Regions Field for a five game set starting May 9th. For ticketing information, game schedules, promotional calendars, or additional information about Regions Field, call the Barons front office at (205) 988-3200.

Game Recap (5/1): Barons 6, Blue Wahoos 4

May 1, 2016:   Pensacola Blue Wahoos vs Birmingham Barons

May 1, 2016: Pensacola Blue Wahoos vs Birmingham Barons

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham Barons starter David Holmberg allowed just two runs over seven innings pitched, earning his first win in a Barons uniform against his former organization as Birmingham bested the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6-4 at Regions Field.

Barons catcher Jeremy Dowdy started the scoring for Birmingham, launching a fly ball past the left field fence to draw the home team even in the third inning. Eddy Alvarez and Adam Engel combined to score the second and third runs of the game, with Engel recording his 10th stolen base of the season and Alvarez adding a 2-for-3 night with a run and an RBI in the win.

Birmingham stretched the lead thanks to a trio of Josh Richmond RBIs in the middle innings, with a Richmond single scoring Engel and Eudy Pina in the fifth followed by a clutch two-out double plating Nicky Delmonico in the seventh inning that gave the Barons a 6-2 lead.

Brian Clark recorded his first save of the season out of the bullpen, and Birmingham’s defense came through to close the game. Pina caught the second out of the frame in left field before firing the ball straight to Dowdy, who applied the tag to baserunner Zach Vincej for the final out.

Brandon Brennan eyes another victory at Regions Field tomorrow as the Barons and Blue Wahoos seal the series with an 11:30 AM “School Day” first pitch.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons are back at Regions Field, taking on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for five games April 28-May 2. For ticketing information, game schedules, promotional calendars, or additional information about Regions Field, call the Barons front office at (205) 988-3200.

Barons & Blue Wahoos Split Doubleheader

6/26/15 - Jackson Generals vs Birmingham Barons

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham Barons RHP Carson Fulmer earned the victory in the first game of a doubleheader at Regions Field, but the Barons bullpen was tagged with a loss in the latter half as the Barons and Blue Wahoos split a split a Saturday evening doubleheader.

Fulmer, the White Sox no. 1 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, recorded his second straight win, allowing five hits and three earned runs in addition to just one walk and three strikeouts over six innings pitched.

The Barons offense in game one was led by catch Jeremy Dowdy, who finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Dowdy’s home run in the bottom of the sixth inning sent Birmingham to the 8-3 final score and sealed the victory for the Barons.

6/26/15 - Jackson Generals vs Birmingham Barons

LHP Jordan Guerrero earned his fifth straight no decision in the second game, throwing five innings and allowing just one earned run while striking out six Pensacola hitters.

Offensively, Birmingham posted a pair of runs in the sixth inning to even the score 2-2, with Eudy Pina plating Adam Engel for the first strike and Trey Michalczewski advancing Pina home for the second score of the frame.

James Dykstra was tagged with the loss out of the Barons bullpen, allowing three runs in the seventh inning to reach the game’s 5-2 final score. Birmingham brought the tying run to the plate, but could not capitalize for victories in both games.

Southpaw David Holmberg faces Pensacola tomorrow seeking his first win in a Barons uniform after a 0-2 start. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. with the Barons donning custom puzzle piece jersey’s in celebration of Autism Friendly Day at Regions Field.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons are back at Regions Field, taking on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for five games. For ticketing information, game schedules, promotional calendars, or additional information about Regions Field, call the Barons front office at (205) 988-3200.

Rain Forces Doubleheader 4/30

Barons Rainout

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Tonight’s game between the Birmingham Barons and Pensacola Blue Wahoos has been rained out. The Barons and Blue Wahoos will play a seven-inning doubleheader tomorrow evening at Regions Field.

Game one of the doubleheader will begin at 5:00 p.m., with gates at Regions Field opening at 4:30 p.m. Game two will begin approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first seven inning game. Starting pitchers for both teams and both games will be announced prior to first pitch.

Tickets for tonight’s game will be honored for the doubleheader tomorrow. Fans wishing to exchange tickets to a future 2016 home game can do so at the Barons box office. Tickets must be exchanged for seats of equal or lesser value, with exchanges being honored on a first come, first served basis.

Tonight’s edition of Friday Night Fireworks presented by Coca-Cola, Hibbett Sports, and Alabama Power will be rescheduled to a later date. Details regarding tonight’s scheduled “Superheroes Night” custom jersey auction benefiting Children’s of Alabama will be announced shortly.

Tomorrow’s Kids Batting Helmet Giveaway presented by Coca-Cola will begin at the start of the first game.

Fans requesting further information may contact the Barons front office at (205)988-3200. Tonight marks the first rainout at Regions Field since its opening in April 2013.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons are back at Regions Field, facing the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in a five game set. For ticketing information, game schedules, promotional calendars, or additional information about Regions Field, call the Barons front office at (205) 988-3200.

Game Recap (4/28): Barons 4, Blue Wahoos 0

Game Recap 4-28

Box Score | Play-by-Play

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham Barons starter Tyler Danish dazzled a sellout crowd of 8,500 at Regions Field Thursday night, throwing a complete game shutout including six strikeouts to lead the Barons to a 4-0 victory over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

Danish, 21, accomplished the complete game feat on his late father’s birthday. He threw 105 pitches, including 71 strikes, and allowed just three hits and two walks on the night.

The White Sox no. 11 prospect according to MLB Pipeline has now allowed just two earned runs in his last 20.1 innings pitched, striking out 14 in his last three starts.

Josh Richmond added a pair of RBIs for the Barons at the plate, posting a 2-for-3 night that featured a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning that gave Birmingham an early 1-0 lead.

Nicky Delmonico continued his early season hot streak with his fourth home run in as many games to give the Barons a 2-0 in the fourth inning, with Richmond and catcher Jeremy Dowdy contributing RBIs in the seventh inning to reach the 4-0 final score.

RHP Carson Fulmer makes his second start of the season at Regions Field tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The Barons will don custom jerseys as part of a “Superheroes Night” theme, which will be auctioned during the game to benefit Children’s of Alabama.

They Said It…

Barons RHP Tyler Danish

… On Pitching a Complete Game Shutout on his Late Father’s Birthday

Going into it I knew it was going to be an emotional day, so I tried to keep my mind off it as much as I possibly could and just have a great outing. I don’t think I could have scripted it any better. It’s a special day, so glad I could do it on this day and just enjoy the day as well.

… On His Comfort Level and Ability to Pitch for Contact

I feel like I can throw all my pitches right now in the zone, even if it’s early contact. When you can keep guys off early in counts and first pitches, it makes the night so much easier. You can’t take away pitches, you can’t eliminate pitches, and just being in the zone early benefits everything and makes your stuff “play” better as well.

… On His Newly Developed Cut-Fastball

It’s crazy how fast I learned it and how great of a pitch it’s become. I throw it to righties and lefties, it’s just a huge contact pitch; but tonight I used it as a put-away pitch as well. I can’t believe how fast it’s come along.

… On His Pace, Being on the Winning End of a 2:01 Time of Game

This has always been me. I’ve always try to keep fielders (focused), not a lot of time between pitches.

 

Barons Manager Ryan Newman

… On Danish “Building” Toward this Start, Improving Each Outing

He did everything we wanted to see tonight. He commanded the zone, he made them put the ball in play, and that’s how you throw a complete game. You use your pitches wisely and you know, it’s been building up. You could see with each start it was coming. This is what this kid is capable of doing every time he goes out there to pitch. It was awesome to see tonight.

… Regarding Development, if Danish is “Ahead of the Curve” After another Strong Start Tonight

With his age he’s ahead of the curve. He was here last year and he’s got some experience. As this game goes on for him he’s going to continue to develop, and this is what we want to see him do. Each start gets better and better, and if he keeps pitching like this hopefully we’re going to see him in Chicago sometime soon. I expect a lot more starts like this out of Tyler as he goes on.

… On Keeping that Confidence Going and Making it Contagious to Everyone Else in the Clubhouse

They all know what we’re striving for. We’re all going in the same direction. These guys come to the ballpark every day and work hard. We’re not worried about being 8-13 right now; it’s about “have these guys gotten better come August?” That’s what we’re looking for come August.

 

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons are back at Regions Field, facing the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in a five game set. For ticketing information, game schedules, promotional calendars, or additional information about Regions Field, call the Barons front office at (205) 988-3200.

Birmingham vs Pensacola Game #1 Preview

Starting Pitchers

BIRMINGHAM: Tyler Danish (1-2, 5.06 ERA) returns for his second start of the season at Regions Field against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Danish took the second loss of the season last week at Chattanooga after pitching 6.1 innings allowing five hits, two earned runs and striking out three. Danish is one of the starting pitcher leaders behind David Holmberg and will look to record his second win tonight with 21.1 innings pitched on the season so far.

PENSACOLA: Sal Romano (0-0, 3.38 ERA) has 16 innings pitched on the season so far with 15 strikeouts recorded. Last season Romano was called up for Double A halfway through his season with the Daytona Tortugas. He finished his High A career with 104 innings pitched 79 strikeouts and a 3.46 ERA and after spending some time playing in Arizona during the fall he was added to the 40-man roster.

BIRMINGHAM OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Nicky Delmonico and Eudy Pina continue their roles as the offensive leaders for the Barons after being on the road for ten days. Delmonico is hitting .365 and Pina is hitting .333.Delmonico is ranked third in hitting for the Southern League right now with three home runs in 52 at bats.

Barons Game Recap (4/26): Barons 7, Lookouts 10

Game Recap 4/26

Box Score | Play-by-Play

CHATTANOOGA, TN – The Birmingham Barons offense produced a five run first inning but could not keep the Chattanooga Lookouts in the rear view mirror, dropping the series finale 10-7 and capping off a 10-game road trip with a loss.

Third baseman and Chicago White Sox no. 5 prospect Trey Michalczewski hit his second home run of the series, depositing a ball over the center field wall for Birmingham’s seventh run of the game.

Michalczewski also added a double as part of the Barons big first frame, giving the Barons a 3-0 edge after Nicky Delmonico put Birmingham out front with a two-RBI double just four batters into the game.

Josh Richmond, Jeremy Dowdy, and Jake Peter added RBIs, with Peter extending his hit streak to eight games as part of a 2-for-5 night.

Barons’ starter Brandon Brennan surrendered seven hits in the loss, departing after 2.2 innings pitched. Brennan, making his fourth start at the AA level, allowed nine earned runs including a grand slam that flipped the script from a 5-0 Barons lead to a 10-5 deficit.

Brian Clark set a new season-high for Barons bullpen pitchers with six strikeouts in seven outs of relief, setting up two scoreless innings for reliever Nolan Sanburn. Peter Tago struck out two in his flawless inning of relief and the Barons brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but it was not enough.

Tyler Danish is set to take on Pensacola’s Sal Romano in the opener of a five game series at Regions Field Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.

About the Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons hit the road for a 10-game series against the Jackson Generals and Chattanooga Lookouts before returning home to face the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for five games starting April 28th. For ticketing information, game schedules, promotional calendars, or additional information about Regions Field, call the Barons front office at (205) 988-3200.

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