The Birmingham Barons used the long ball to score all of their runs this evening. Dylan Cease took the mound for the Barons and surprisingly, he was not the story of the night. The Barons took an early lead tonight and never looked back, beating the Biscuits 18-2.
Dylan Cease quickly picked up two strikeouts in the first inning, making it seem like he was going to be on top of his game. He was not bad by any means, but it was an uncharacteristic night for the White Sox right-hander.
He struggled with command, which is something we haven’t witnessed as of late with Dylan Cease. After not allowing a run in his last three starts, Cease got tagged for a run early in this one, ending the impressive scoreless streak.
Dylan Cease walked five on the evening and still managed to limit the damage that the Biscuits could do. He got some help from Zack Collins, who tossed out two runners after Cease allowed them to reach base via a walk.
The five walks by Cease are the most he has allowed since being promoted to Double-A. Despite giving up more free passes than you would like to see, the Biscuits only got two hits off Dylan Cease and the one run was all they would get off him as well.
Final Line: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K. 102 pitches, 53 strikes
Luis Alexander Basabe stepped up to the plate to get things started for the Barons and went deep on the first pitch he saw, giving the Barons an early 1-0 lead. In the second inning, Keon Barnum blasted a two-run home run, extending the lead to 3-0.
With the way Dylan Cease has been pitching lately, giving him a three-run cushion by the second inning would be more than enough for the Barons, which proved to be true. However, Matt Rose decided that he wanted to join the home run party and smacked a three-run shot in the sixth inning to give the Barons a 6-1 lead.
The home run party would continue into the eighth and ninth innings, when Danny Mendick and Zack Collins both left the yard on two-run homers, making it a 10-1 ballgame.
Keon Barnum and Zack Collins both extended the lead in the ninth inning again with a grand slam each to make it a 18-1 contest. Barnum and Collins were the stars of the show tonight, hitting two home runs and picking up six RBIs each. And no, that is not a typo.
Dylan Cease was not at his best tonight, however, he still managed to put together a pretty good outing. The Barons offense handed him plenty of run support and quickly put him in a good position to get the win. Even though control was an issue tonight, he never let it get out of hand. He trusted his defense to make plays when he put runners on base and they backed him up by rising to the occasion.
It was a record breaking night for the Barons. Tonight, they hit a club record seven home runs in one game. The Barons have been flexing their muscles lately, hitting four or more home runs in back-to-back games. Will they do it again tomorrow? Time will tell.
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