It feels like I’m writing about John King all the time, but that is mainly because he keeps going out and doing work. In his third start for Down East, King threw 4 shutout innings before allowing 3 runs in the fifth, though Josh Norris of BA said on Twitter that the runs scored due to a mid-play at second base and a two out fly ball that was lost in the sun and went for a double — if either play is made, he gets out of the 5th unscored upon. Norris also said King got 17 swings and misses through 4 innings. He ended up with 9 Ks, 0 walks and 6 hits in the 5 innings.
Cole Uvila had an interesting 6th inning in relief of King, walking one and hitting three while striking out two and getting a guy out trying to advance on a ball that got away. Uvila pitched a scoreless two K 7th then allowed a double to start the 8th, giving way to Demarcus Evans, who struck out the side to get out of that inning, then struck out 2 more (while walking 3, one of them intentional) in a scoreless 9th. Unfortunately, Mike Matuella gave up 3 in the 10th for the loss.
Offensively, slumping Ducks Anderson Tejeda and J.P. Martinez each homered. And a level lower, outfielder Miguel Aparicio had a single, a triple and a home run for Hickory, continuing what has been a strong month of May for the 20 year old.
For Frisco, Blake Bass and Peter Fairbanks each threw two scoreless innings, with Fairbanks fanning 3. Fairbanks now has 7 scoreless AA innings. And for Nashville, relievers Wei-Chieh Huang, Kyle Bird and Brett Martin each threw a scoreless inning apiece, fanning a combined 7 batters.