Norfolk 11, Rochester 2: The offense went bananas...every starter reached base. Chris Dickerson treated himself to a three hit night as did the X Man, who mixed in a double with a couple singles. The exuberant Zelous Wheeler homered, Jonathan Schoop singled and Steve Clevenger walked twice. On the subject of walks...uhhhh...Zach Britton. Dios Mio. He only allowed two hits, but walked six batters, but also struck out six batters. Confusing. He also induced six groundouts. Tim Alderson and Mike Belfiore finished the game allowing one baserunner over four innings.
Bowie 7, Portland 9: The less said about this game, the better. The Sea Dogs smacked Baysox pitching around most unceremoniously. Making the start, Eduardo Rodriguez walked four, allowed six hits and five earned runs in four innings. Clay Schrader lost his second game in as many appearances.
Frederick 1, Carolina 12: Brady Wager followed a masterful outing with a real dog. On the bright side, Wager induced nine groundouts, but he also allowed a homer, four earned runs and eight hits in five innings. Unfortunately, Lex Rutledge was unable to contain the damage done. In 1.1 innings, Rutledge allowed six baserunners and five earned runs. It was his first truly rough outing in the Carolina League, but he's been living dangerously as he's walked five and struck out seven in his four appearances. The offense was throughly confused by Cody Anderson...except for Michael Ohlman, who was 2-4 with a double. He continues to lead the league in wOBA and wRC+.
Delmarva 5, Kannapolis 7: Greg Lorenzo continues to thrive in the leadoff spot. He was 2-5 with a double. Torsten Boss was 3-5 with two doubles. Since coming off the DL, he's been 7-14 with four walks. The Shorebirds collectively struck out thirteen times and didn't walk once. Matt Taylor was tagged with his 11th loss of the season, but, hey...quality start.
Aberdeen 8, Batavia 5: The Ironbirds' surprising season continues. Janser Severino pitched a solid six innings in which he allowed two earned runs, struck out four and induced seven groundouts. If you can get around the fact that Sam Kimmel is a 23 year old taking his second stab at the New York Penn League, his current run of dominance might be a little more impressive. Trey Mancini and Yaz also singled.
Rookie League Roundup:
Lu Franc-Cito LeFranc 4 IP/1 H/1 BB/5 K
Chance Sisco 0-4
Jonah Heim 2-4, 2B
Nik Nowottnick 2 IP/4 H/1 ER/1 K (pro debut)