Cole Winn was on the mound for Hickory today, looking to follow up on what had been his best start of the season his last time out. Winn set a new benchmark today, going 5 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Winn threw 45 strikes in 73 pitches, and has now logged 9 scoreless innings in a row over his last two starts. Jesus Linarez threw 3 scoreless innings in relief to lower his ERA to 1.64 on the year. Kelvin Gonzalez gave up a home run in an inning of work, blowing his ERA all the way up to 1.57.
Offensively for Hickory, Tyreque Reed went 3 for 3 with a walk, and Melvin Novoa and Frainyer Chavez each had two hits and a homer.
Joe Palumbo had his second AAA start and was very impressive, striking out 10 in 5 shutout innings while walking 3 and allowing 2 hits and an unearned run. Isiah Kiner-Falefa was DHing for Nashville on a rehab assignment and had a double, an HBP and a stolen base. Carlos Tocci had a single and a homer.
For Down East, Diosbel Arias and J.P. Martinez each had two hit games.
In Frisco, Hunter Pence was rehabbing and went 0 for 3 with 2 Ks. Connor Pierce tweeted that he looked like he may have tweaked something in his final at bat, and Preston Beck hit for him in the 9th. Demarcus Evans struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings of work. Emmanuel Clase struck out 3 in a scoreless inning.