White Sox pitching prospect Dylan Cease was perfect through 6.2 innings tonight. Even though his bid for perfection was spoiled late in the game, he was still dominant and powered the Birmingham Barons to a 9-1 victory over the Tennessee Smokies.
Dylan Cease came out of the gates pounding the strike zone and continued to do that throughout his entire outing. Known for his electric fastball, Cease kept hitters off balance all night by utilizing his curveball and changeup which helped him match his career-high in strikeouts with 12 on the night.
It didn’t take long for Cease to register his first strikeouts of the evening as he fanned back-to-back batters to end the first inning. He would go on to fan the first two batters of the second inning, giving him four consecutive strikeouts early in the game.
The Smokies had no answer for Dylan Cease and struggled to put the ball in play. Whenever they were able to, it was weak contact and Cease only had three balls leave the infield tonight.
This was the first time Dylan Cease reached double digit strikeouts since he was promoted to Double-A. He pitched seven innings tonight, picking up two strikeouts in five of those seven innings and was locked in from start to finish.
Aside from giving the Smokies nothing to hit, Cease also defended his position extremely well. With two outs in the sixth inning and the perfect game on the line, Cease got a dribbler to his right and made a fantastic play as he threw an off-balance dart over to first-base to get out of the inning.
The Smokies would get their first hit of the game with two outs in the seventh inning. Directly after, Dylan Cease would issue his first walk of the game. However, he would get out of the inning by doing what he does best and picking up another strikeout.
Final Line: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 12 K. 101 pitches with 63 of them being strikes.
Cease wasn’t the only member of the Barons who had a great game against their former organization. Matt Rose collected three hits with one that left the yard for a two-run home run. Rose also had an RBI double and drove in three runs on the night. Bryant Flete drove in a run of his own on an RBI single.
Zack Collins picked up two RBI’s tonight via a solo home run and a single. The Barons also had a pair of hit streaks that were extended. Trey Michalczewski extended his streak to 8 games and Luis Alexander Basabe extended his streak to 13 games.
The Birmingham Barons exploded offensively tonight with 13 hits. Everyone in the lineup was productive and had at least one base hit. The Barons are now winners of four straight games and will look to continue that winning streak tomorrow night against the Tennessee Smokies.
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