Sunday Aug. 29, 2010
Posted: 7:25 p.m.By Kevin Czerwinski
WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
The Barons banged out 20 hits and took out a seasons worth of frustration Sunday evening, trouncing Tennessee, 16-1, at Smokies Park. Birmingham scored seven runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to break open what had been a 2-1 game.
Tyler Kuhn had four hits, including a homer, and five RBIs. Cole Armstrong had two hits, including a fifth-inning grand slam, and five RBIs. Josh Phegley added two hits and an RBI.
Matt Long 7-8 picked up his first victory since Aug. 13, allowing a run on six hits over six innings.
Drew Garcias RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning gave Winston-Salem a 5-4 victory over Myrtle Beach at BB&T Ballpark. Seth Loman slid home and beat the tag, which catcher Braeden Schlehuber couldnt apply because he dropped the ball. The victory gave the Dash a series sweep.
Charlis Burdie picked up the victory after the Pelicans tied the score with a run in the top of the ninth. Nick Ciolli had a pair of hits, including his first Carolina League homer, and an RBI. Jon Gilmore also had a homer and drove in two. RHP Taylor Thompson was promoted to Winston-Salem from low-A Kannapolis. The former Auburn Tigers was 0-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 19 appearances between the Intimidators and Great Falls.
The Sox swept a doubleheader at Kingsport, taking the opener, 4-3, at Hunter Wright Stadium before topping the Mets in the nightcap, 3-1.
Bristol scored four times in the seventh inning to rally in the opener. The Sox parlayed back-to-back walks to lead off the inning into four runs. Drew Lee brought in a run with a sacrifice fly, Daniel Black doubled in a run, Rangel Ravelo tripled in a run before Robert Cummings closed things off with a run-scoring single.
Spencer Arroyo 7-2 went the distance, striking out five. He allowed all three runs in the fourth inning.
Spencer Shelton 2-1 tossed six shutout innings in the nightcap. He struck out five and gave up only three hits. Jeffer Patino had two hits and drove in a run.
In other action, Durham outlasted Charlotte, 8-5, at Knights Stadium. Chris Richards three-run homer in the seventh inning off Greg Aquino was the difference for the Bulls. Dayan Viciedo had a pair of hits while Brent Morel had a solo homer. The victory was Durhams franchise record 84th at the Triple-A level. ... Ryan Hamme and Andy Wilkins each drove in a pair of runs to propel Great Falls to a 9-5 victory over visiting Ogden. Charlie Delk 6-3 won his second consecutive start.
The I-Cubs maintained their slim lead in the PCLs American North Division on Sunday with an 8-7 victory at Omaha. Iowa remains a half game ahead of Memphis, which also won on Sunday. The I-Cubs have nine games remaining in the regular season and finish with four games at home against Memphis.
Iowa rallied for four ninth-inning runs in Sunday to remain in first. Brad Snyders two-run, two-out single was the rallys first big hit before Jason Dubois two-run double finished off the rally and pushed Omaha 3 games back of the I-Cubs. Snyder and Dubois each had three hits.
Despite giving up three runs in 1 13 innings, Jeff Gray picked up the victory.
The Cubs gained some ground in the Florida State Leagues North Division race on Sunday with a 6-1 victory over Lakeland at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Brooks Raley 8-6 allowed a run over 6 23 innings to pick up his second consecutive victory. He hasnt lost since July 10. Evan Crawford had a triple and two RBIs.
In other action, Tennessee got trounced by visiting Birmingham, 16-1. TyRelle Harris allowed seven runs in four innings before Jeremy Papelbon gave up six runs in 13 of an inning. Still, the Smokies wrapped up the second half Southern League North Division title. They also won the first half and will host four games in the opening round of the playoffs as a result. Peoria split a doubleheader with Clinton, rallying for a 2-1 victory in the nightcap to salvage a split at OBrien Field. Clinton won the opener, 6-2. Anthony Giansantis RBI single in the seventh provided the margin of victory in the second game. Brett Wallach took the loss, allowing two runs in four innings of the opener to fall to 0-3 since coming over from the Dodgers. He had been 6-0 with Great Lakes.
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