Norfolk 2, Charlotte 5: The formerly formidable offensive machine known as the Norfolk Tides was held to two runs on five hits by Brazilian groundball artist Andre Rienzo. The Knights tagged Freddy Garcia for five earned runs on ten hits in 6.1 innings. The X Man had a couple hits on four trips, while Henry Urrutia had a hit and a walk on the day. L.J. Hoes went 0-4. While the Tides were running roughshod over the International League's Southern Division, they are now 6.5 games back of the division leading Durham Bulls.
Bowie 0, Harrisburg 1: Fans were treated to an oddly symmetrical pitcher's duel in game one of a doubleheader. Eduardo Rodriguez went the distance for the Baysox allowing three walks and two hits, Senators pitchers allowed two walks, two hits and a hit batsman. Rodriguez also allowed a homer, but struck out seven. That's now twelve strikeouts in eleven AA innings for the 20 year old lefty.
Bowie 2, Harrisburg 6: This seems like an organization-wide issue: mediocre groundball pitcher makes a spot start, utterly confuses opposing offense. Sound familiar? The Baysox could only manage two runs off of Matt Synenburg and a giving Senators defense. On the hill for the boys from Bowie, Matt Bischoff allowed five earned runs in two innings. Tim Bascom came on in relief and pitched three solid, scoreless innings before the game was mercifully called after five innings.
Delmarva 7, Hagerstown 11: Both starters were chased early in this one, as Parker Bridwell was not able to replicate his success. After not allowing homers in four straight games, Bridwell has allowed three in his last 9.2 innings of work. On this short day for Bridwell, the big Texan was charged with eight earned runs and four walks in 4.2 innings. Lex Rutledge continues to make a solid case for promotion as he stopped the bleeding with 2.1 nearly perfect scoreless innings. Adrian Marin had his third consecutive two hit game and fellow Miamian George Barber was 3-5. Lucas Herbst doubled and homered. Having not walked since June, Rod Bernadina walked twice.
Aberdeen 3, Tri-City 1: An effective, if not dominant performance from Sebastian Vader kept the Ironbirds in the game long enough for LIttle Yaz to bring home the win. Mike Yasztrzemski, the grandson of Carl and pretty well regarded college player out of Vanderbilt himself, had his third multihit game in four games, missing the cycle by a home run. The 22 year old outfielder is slashing .400/.538/.550 since he was assigned Aberdeen. Vader allowed two hits and walked two while walking three and inducing nine groundouts over six innings. Hector Veloz went 0-4.
DSL O's1 4, DSL Reds 2: After walking eleven batters in his first fifteen innings this year, Wendell Floranus has walked three in his last fifteen. Floranus has also struck out eleven in that stretch. The Curacao native held the Reds in check for six shutout innings, his second consecutive scoreless appearance. You could make a case that 17 year Rauel Acosta has been the best hitter on the squad. The 6'4" outfielder picked up a couple more hits and is slashing .333/.415/.545 in his last 10.