Norfolk 0, Louisville 1: Making the start for the Tides was Chris Jones, the lefty who came over from the Braves in the Luis Ayala trade. Jones has now made more starts this season than at any point in his career since 2009 and it has to be said he performed admirably. The 24 year old struck out four and walked none across five innings, but unfortunately, the solo shot he allowed was too much for the Tides offense to overcome. L.J. Hoes and the X man were a combined 1-8, though the X Man picked up his seventh steal of the year...and was also charged with an error. Jon Rauch notched his fifth scoreless appearance in six, four of which have been against the same Louisville squad.
Bowie 4, Binghamton 5: Ks were the order of the day with AA Mets and AA O's combining for 21 punchouts. Baysox starter Devin Jones struck out nine batters and walked one in six innings, but had issues keeping the ball in the yard as he allowed a pair of round trippers. Clay Schrader also allowed a homer in relief and was charged with the loss. Henry Urrutia did not play again, but the top half of the lineup gamely soldiered on combining for ten hits (Caleb Joseph and Ty Kelly each had three, Niuman Romero and Brandon Waring had a pair). For some reason, Caleb Joseph was also caught stealing...I can only imagine the look of surprise on his face.
Frederick 8, Potomac 9: The Keys came up short in a wild one on a rough night for Eduardo Rodriguez and the defense. Rodriguez left after three innings having allowed four runs, though only one was earned. He walked two and allowed a homer, but was undoubtedly hurt by Nicky Delmonico's two error day (he now has thirteen on the year). Despite all that, the Keys bopped four homers of their own (Jerome Pena, Michael Ohlman, Allen De San Miguel and Delvi Cid) and Johnny Ruettiger stole three bases. Delmonico and Christian Walker were both 0-4.
Delmarva 4, Hickory 2: The Shorebirds stopped the Hickory juggernaut and preserved the honor of the organization with the farm system's only win on the day. Much of the credit has to go to Parker Bridwell, who had something of a breakout performance. The 21 year old Texan went eight strong innings allowing one run on three hits. The bigger accomplishment for Bridwell, however, was striking out ten and walking none for the first time this year. Torsten Boss, Rod Bernadina and Greg Lorenzo all doubled, while Lucas Herbst and Tucker Nathans each chipped in a pair of hits. Despite being on base three times, Greg Lorenzo somehow did not attempt a steal. Creede Simpson and Adrian Marin were both 0-4.
DSL O's (1) 1, DSL Twins 4: Not much to see here. Rochendrick Alexander picked up a couple hits and an RBI, while Tomas Leoncio struck out three in two perfect innings. Both of them are eighteen.