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Rutherford won, as he hoisted one out by the slimmest of margins at BB&T Ballpark on Saturday.
— Winston-Salem Dash (@WSDashBaseball) May 6, 2018
While it took Rutherford a month to tally in that category, it’s hard to quibble with the rest of his production, or at least the direction of it. He’s hitting .352/.378/.495 with 10 extra-base hits in 22 games, after coming up with just five extra-base hits — all doubles — in 30 games in Kannapolis last year. Ideally the homers will start showing up with more frequency, especially since Winston-Salem is a fairly friendly place for hitting them.
It’d behoove Sheets to join the party, because he’s a first-base-only prospect who is hitting .276/.417/.356 over 108 plate appearances. He knows the strike zone (19 walks, 14 strikeouts), but that hasn’t yet translated into driving the pitches he swings at.
- Charlie Tilson went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Casey Gillaspie, 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Eddy Alvarez was 3-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
- T.J. House threw seven innings of one-hit ball, in case you were wondering.
- Jameson Fisher walked once and struck out thrice.
- Eloy Jimenez had two singles and two strikeouts.
- Seby Zavala was 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.
- Matt Rose, 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- Zack Collins drew a bases-loaded walk as a pinch hitter.
- Jordan Guerrero: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP
- Joel Booker went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.
- Luis Alexander Basabe had a rare rough night: 0-for-4, three strikeouts.
- Micker Adolfo was 1-for-3 with a double, walk and strikeout.
- Gavin Sheets went 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Alex Call was 1-for-3 with a homer.
- Blake Rutherford replaced him and homered in his only PA.
- Yeyson Yrizarri was 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Ti’Quan Forbes, 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Bernardo Flores: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR
- Justin Yurchak went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Evan Skoug, 1-for-4 with a homer and two strikeouts.
- Michael Hickman was 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
- John Parke is still Kannapolis’ best starter: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.
- Tyler Johnson: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K