Sean Burke finally threw a start that represented progress.
He held the Nashville Sounds to one run over five innings while striking out eight in Charlotte’s 4-2 victory on Tuesday night. Control remained a problem on the surface with four walks, but he only had one real lapse with three straight walks to open the fourth inning. Outside of that patch where he missed with 12 of 18, he threw 49 of 72 pitches for strikes. He generated 15 whiffs, but the contact quality stands out, as the only two hits he allowed were of the infield variety.
Jeff Cohen talked to him after the game.
- Elvis Andrus went 1-for-4.
- Lenyn Sosa was 1-for-3 with a sac bunt, and was picked off.
- Oscar Colás went 2-for-4.
- Carlos Pérez, 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Sean Burke’s best start yet: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 55 of 84 pitches for strikes.
- Alsander Womack went 1-for-5.
- Bryan Ramos returned to Birmingham, going 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- LUis Mieses went 2-for-4 with a double.
- Yoelqui Céspedes and Adam Hackenberg both were 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Terrell Tatum was 2-for-3 at the plate, and 1-for-2 on the basepaths.
- Loidel Chapelli went 2-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
- DJ Gladney was 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- Wilfred Veras went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a stolen base.
- Full house for Wes Kath, doubling twice and striking out thrice.
- Brooks Gosswein: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
- Jared Kelley: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.
Fayetteville 3, Kannapolis 1 (Monday’s game)
- Jordan Sprinkle went 1-for-4.
- Brooks Baldwin was 1-for-4 with a K and a CS.
- Jacob Burke went 1-for-3 with walk and a strikeout, and was also caught stealing.