Norfolk Tides 3, Pawtucket Red Sox 7
Making the rare spot start, Jason Gurka got knocked around for five earned runs in the first inning, but managed to hang tough for three innings without allowing another run. Preston Guilmet pitched one scoreless inning.
Both Steve Clevenger and Ivan DeJesus Jr. homered. Clevenger was also charged with an error. Please, promote that man.
Bowie Baysox 2, Richmond Flying Squirrels 4
Tim Berry tossed a quality start in which he walked two batters and struck out six.
Frederick Keys 8, Winston-Salem Dash 11 (continued from 6/25)
Taking over from yesterday's starter Mark Blackmar, Gene Escat had a less than optimal outing. The righthanded long man allowed two homers and six earned runs in one inning of work.
Trey Mancini homered and is slugging .529 since making the move to the Carolina League. Glynn Davis also ended with three walks on the day, but it's remarkable how much he's cooled off since those heady days of April and March. The man from Catonsville Community College is slashing a meager .208/.296/.264 in 18 June games.
Frederick Keys 2, Winston-Salem Dash 6
Not too much to see here. Brady Wager allowed four earned runs in five innings and Jimmy Yacabonis didn't fare too much better in his second Carolina League outing than he did in his first.
Delmarva Shorebirds 7, West Virginia Power 8
The Shorebirds had a hell of a seventh inning, but were pretty underwhelming the rest of the way. The lads from Perdue Stadium scored seven runs in the seventh and were 7-9 with RISP on the evening.
Stephen Brault allowed five earned runs in six innings, but it's hard to get too broken up as he also struck out seven and walked only one...and it's just the Sally League. Brault has struck out 28 batters in his last 26.2 innings (four starts).
Chance Sisco continues to hit. He was 2-2 with a walk. His OPS has gone from .608 in April to .855 in May to 1.056. Sisco was charged with his eleventh passed ball of the season, but also threw out a baserunner.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 2, Brooklyn Cyclones 6
Stephen Tarpley shook off the rust and turned in a performance somewhat worthy of the expectations laid before him. Tarpley allowed an earned run and struck out three in six innings while inducing 14 groundouts. Niiiiice. Tarpley also picked off a runner and was charged with an error.
Surprisingly, Alex Murphy was held quiet on the evening, but Jamill Moquette and Hector Veloz homered. Veloz even walked and stole a base, but was charged with his customary error. The error was one of five on the evening for the Ironbirds and they dropped to 1-13 on the season.
While not quite to the extent of their somewhat bigger brothers at Aberdeen, the young O's in the Gulf Coast League have gotten off to a rocky start. They are now 2-4 and are waiting for their bats to get the rhythm of the pro game...it seems. A modest exception here seems to be recent draft pick Austin "Gramps" Pfeiffer. The shortstop from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock homered and has hit in all four of his GCL games. He's also a bit older than the team average (20.1) at age 23. As a side note, he's also listed at 6'4", 225. Also worth noting that Josh Hart saw his first game action since going on the DL and was 0-3 with 2 Ks.
If you like that sweet, sweet GCL pitching, tough. Kevin "Fly" Grendell allowed six hits and three earned runs in four innings, but also struck out four. If you follow the GCL for the names, you are in luck. Logan Zeke McGranahan pitched a scoreless inning for the O's while Onesimo Hernandez picked up the dubya for the Twinkies.
...were held to three hits between both teams and Ofelky Perralta walked five batters in 4.1 innings, but at least Lu Franc-Cito LeFranc threw three shutout innings, right? Eh?
For more details on these games, check out MiLB.com.
Norfolk Tides @ Pawtucket Red Sox, 7:05 pm
Tides SP: Mike Wright
Bowie Baysox @ Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6:05pm
Baysox SP: Zach Davies, Jake Pettit
Frederick Keys vs. Winston-Salem Dash, 12:00 pm
Keys SP: Parker Bridwell
Delmarva Shorebirds @ Hagerstown Suns, 7:05 pm
Shorebirds SP: Sebastian Vader
Aberdeen Ironbirds vs Hudson Valley Renegades, 7:05 pm
Ironbirds SP: Dylan Bundy