When the Kannapolis minor league franchise unveiled its new name back on Oct. 23, 2019, nobody expected that the first win of the Cannon Ballers era would have to wait until May 15, 2021.
Granted, the former Intimidators were not responsible for most of that dormant stretch, but they didn’t help matters by starting the season 0-10, including a no-hitter on Friday.
The Cannon Ballers are no longer 0-for-their-history. They’re now 1-for-their-history, as three Cannon Baller pitchers made a first-inning run hold up. Kannapolis’ front office couldn’t find the words.
Charlotte 8, Norfolk 3
- Jake Burger doubled, singled and struck out thrice.
- Gavin Sheets went 1-for-4.
- Brian Goodwin was 0-for-4.
- Jimmy Lambert: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Birmingham 9, Pensacola 3 (10 innings)
- Micker Adolfo went 2-for-6 with a homer, the second of the Barons’ 10th inning. He also struck out once.
- Carlos Pérez was 2-for-5 with an HBP.
- Ti’Quna Forbes was 0-for-3 with a walk, HBP and strikeout.
- John Parke: 8 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
Winston-Salem 5, Hickory 2
- Lenyn Sosa went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Luis Curbelo continued to rake, going 2-for-4 with his fifth homer, third double and a strikeout.
- Luis Mieses was 0-for-4 with a K.
- Yolbert Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Davis Martin: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
*Avery Weems, traded from the White Sox in the Lance Lynn deal, gave up two runs on three hits and a walk over 2⅓ innings, striking out five.
*Here’s Curbelo’s homer:
Kannapolis 1, Fayetteville 0
- Bryan Ramos went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- José Rodriguez was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Sam Abbott, 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- DJ Gladney went 0-for-4 with a K.
- James Beard, 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
- Andrew Dalquist: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Goodwin not exactly forcing the organization’s hand. So much for AAAA depth.
Indeed. What does an OPS of .400 at Charlotte translate to in the majors?
It translates into 2015 Emilio Bonifacio
Time to see if Burger can play OF lol.
As a native Hoosier, it would be wrong for me to ignore Craig Dedelow’s start. Keep raking Craig.
All 4 affiliates won. Baby steps.
JAMES BEARD FINALLY GETS A STEAL! YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!