Tennessee Smokies 2 @ Mississippi Braves 3 (11 innings)
Matt Szczur drew the start in center, going 0-5 with a walk. He's been really frigid as of late. Ronald Torreyes continues his impressive start with a 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI performance. He also struck out once. Arismendy Alcantara has had a really rough patch, but had a double and a strikeout to go with his 1-5 line. Ty Wright went 2-4 with a double and an RBI, and Christian Villanueva went 1-4 with a double and a walk (and 2 strikeouts). Everyone else had a day I'd rather not talk about, except that pitcher Alberto Cabrera had a stolen base. The Smokies as a team struckout 17 times, which is fucking disgraceful (but at least it was 11 innings).
Alberto Cabrera is ready for Iowa. He went 6.0 IP, allowing 2 walks and 2 hits and striking out 8. He's been dominant his last two starts. AJ Morris shat himself in relief; as is his custom, he allowed 2 R in just 0.1 IP (Trey McNutt allowed one of his 3 inherited runners to score). McNutt allowed 3 baserunners in 1.2 IP and struckout 3, allowing no runs. Marcus Hatley struck out 3 in his inning of work (allowing a hit and a walk); Frank Batista sent the home crowd away happy by allowing a run with one out in the 11th. The Smokies are now 2 games back of the Birmingham Barons in the Southern League North.
This was a nice little game. Oliver Zapata went 1-4 with a run, walk, and strikeout. Gioskar Amaya went 2-5 with a double, a walk, and 3 sombreros. He never put the ball in play for an out. Daniel Vogelbach went 1-2 with an RBI and 2 walks and a strikeout. He was lifted for a pinch runner, Pin-Chieh Chen, who would score, draw a walk, and go 1-1 in his own right. Rock Shoulders went 2-6, playing LF-1B, wtih a 2-run homer in the 11th to win it. Favorite performance of the night is Chadd Krist, who was 1-2 with a run and 3 walks. Krist has 4 consecutive games with a walk now, and he has looked good all season. If he keeps it up (he has a .807 OPS at the moment), he could play his way into fringe-prospecthood. He's 23, but in only his second year of professional baseball. Combine that with the inherent longer development of catchers, and it doesn't look so bad. As a team, the Cougars walked more than they struck out (9 to 8). Do that and the wins will come.
Tayler Scott took the bump for the Cougars and had a non-descript day. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks over 5.2 innings. He also only struck out one. His strikeout rate is so low (and has been his whole career) to make any talk of him becoming anything basically moot. Steve (who?) Perakslis had a nice 2.1 innings of no-hit, one walk ball. Matt Iannazzo filled the rest of the game with 3 innings of shutout baseball.
Pin-Chieh Chen went 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout in LF and leadoff. Gioskar Amaya had a single out in the game. Daniel Vogelbach was similarly quiet. Jeimer Candelario went 1-2 with a double, a walk, and 2 runs scored. Rock Shoulders again had a good game, going 1-2 with a double, a walk, an rbi, and a strikeout. Marco Hernandez was 1-3 with a run scored. As a team, the Cougars only walked 4 times, but they also only struck out 4 times (and in 7 innings, those numbers aren't really low).
Ian Dickson had the start and allowed 1 unearned run (on Shoulders' first error of the year) over 4.2 innings. He struck out 4, walked 2, and coughed up 2 hits. Brian Smith got the win in relief, going 2.1 strong innings with 2 hits, no runs or walks, and 5 strikeouts. The Cougars took both games of the doubleheader against the very good Hot Rods; they were leading the division until yesterday. The Cougars' winning streak now sits at 4 and is the longest in the Midwest League.
Oklahoma City and Iowa was postponed due to snow in May.
Daytona and Lakeland was postponed due to rain.