Norfolk 8, Indianapolis 9: Tough loss for the Tides as Jairo Asencio blew a save chance, the game went 13 innings and backup catcher Chris Robinson was hung with the loss. Did I mention that Jake Arrieta started? I think we'd all like to forget about this outing, but young Jake allowed seven earned runs and nine hits in 4.2 innings. He didn't allow a home run and he only walked two, but he also only struck out two. Coach Peterson, please straighten this boy out. Zelous Wheeler had three hits in seven trips including a homer and a double. He also drove in four runs. Little Jerome hit a homer and walked three times. The X Man only had one hit in six at bats, but has run up a modest nine game hit streak.
Bowie 10, New Britain 11: Earlier, PBR me ASAP had questioned whether or not Jacob Pettit was Team Jake material. After today, I would say his 4.1 inning, six earned run performance makes him eminently qualified. The Rock Cats rudely welcomed Clay Schrader back to active duty tagging him for three runs in .2 innings. Schrader had not pitched since May 31. Serving as the heart of the order in today's lineup, Henry Urrutia, Caleb Joseph and Brandon Waring each homered. Urrutia ended 3-6 on the day while Joseph was 4-5. If you get tired of me talking up Brandon Waring, tough...the man is on a Reynoldsian tear slashing .303/.489/.879 in his last ten with six homers and twelve walks against twelve strikeouts. Ty Kelly also had a hit and a walk.
Frederick 7, Potomac 6: Weathering the ejections of Nicky Delmonico and Jerome Pena and a patchwork defense that stuck Jesse Beal with four unearned runs (Tom Winegardner was pressed back into action in the middle of the infield and was charged with an error), the Keys prevailed. Tim Berry went a solid seven innings striking out eight, walking two and allowing two earned runs. Christian Walker was 3-5 with two doubles. Having started the day on the bench, Brenden Webb came off the bench and hit an Earl Weaver special with two outs.
Delmarva 8, Lakewood 0 (Gm. 1): Josh Hader continued his mastery of the Sally League with 6.2 shutout innings. UMD alum Sander Beck finished things with strikeout for the last out in his first appearance of the year. After a few days off, Roderick Bernadina was 3-4. Torsten Boss and Wynston Sawyer doubled and Nik Balog tripled. Adrian Marin was 1-2.
Delmarva 0, Lakewood 2 (Gm. 2): In Delmarva's second seven inning game of the afternoon, Luis Pujols sent a slate of relievers out to face the BlueClaws. Roderick Bernadina, Tucker Nathans and Torsten Boss combined for seven strikeouts, and there really wasn't much to report offensively. Greg Lorenzo did, however, manage a walk and his 20th steal of the season. Matt Hobgood started for the Shorebirds and allowed two earned runs in 3.2 innings. The Hobgoblin also struck out three, but allowed five hits. Former infielder Mychal Givens and long forgotten Ashur Tolliver finished up the afternoon with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
DSL O's 4, DSL Giants 0: The DSL O's(1) easily handled the Giants on the strength of the second consecutive solid outing from 18 year old Brazilian righty Rafael Moreno. Moreno held the Giants hitless over five innings, but walked three. Guillermo Salas tripled, but committed his sixth error.