Norfolk Tides 9, Durham Bulls 2
The back of the Tides order beat up on former Nats farmhand Nate Karns and drove him from the game in the fourth inning. Steve Clevenger, in particular has played with serious chip on his shoulder since demotion. In seven games the young receiver has slashed .433/.455/.633 and on this day was 3-4 with a walk and a pair driven in.
Chris Jones was solid making the rare start. He lasted five innings allowing an earned run while striking out four. True to form, Preston Guilmet allowed an earned run and struck out the side on his lone inning.
Bowie Baysox 4, Portland Sea Dogs 5 (10)
Eduardo Rodriguez had probably his sharpest outing of the season, but the Baysox fell to the Seadogs in exrta innings anyways. Rodriguez went 6.1 innings, struck out six and walked one, though he allowed a homer. In fact, it was only the second time Rodriguez has surpassed six innings in his Eastern League career. After a single and a sacrifice in the bottom of the 10th, Fabio Castillo replaced Chris Petrini, but Castillo allowed a go ahead single to the first batter he faced.
The offense was held largely to singles and walks save for a David Adams home run. Christian Walker was 2-5 and Dariel Alvarez was 1-4, though the Cuban centerfielder threw out Deven Marrero trying to extend a single into a double. Michael Ohlman was the only Baysock held off base on the day.
Frederick Keys 4, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7
It wasn't a great day for Keys pitching, but the offense almost made up for it. Pelicans reliever Sam Stafford tired and allowed a triple to Michael Burgess followed by homers to Zane Chavez and Brenden Webb. The Keys managed one more baserunner before Stafford was pulled and Abel De Los Santos shut the door. Also, Adrian Marin doubled. Again. That's nine in his last ten, folks.
Brady Wager allowed eight hits and four walks in five innings off work. After walking nine batters in his first nine starts, he's now walked nine in his last two.
Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Lakewood BlueClaws 5
After four straight strong outings, Sebastian Vader allowed eleven baserunners and four earned runs in 4.2 innings to take the loss. Vader walked three and struck out one. Jimmy the Yak pitched two perfect innings in relief.
At least we know you can rely on death, taxes and Shorebird outfield assists. In this instance, it was Greg Lorenzo gunning down Samuel Hiciano for his ninth assist of the year. Overall, the Shorebirds have 26 outfield assists this season. BY comparison, they had 31 in all of 2013.
The DSL O's (Uno y Dos) were off.
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Norfolk Tides @ Durham Bulls, 7:05 pm
Tides SP: TBD
Bowie Baysox are off
Frederick Keys @ Salem Red Sox, 7:00 pm
Keys SP: Parker Bridwell
Delmarva Shorebirds @ Hickory Crawdads, 7:05 pm
Shorebirds SP: Luc Rennie