Norfolk Tides 6, Louisville Bats 8
The Tides scored three runs in each of the last two innings, but fell short in their rally against the Bats. They racked up 14 hits and 4 walks in the game. DH Ivan DeJesus was my player of the game, as he got on base five times with two singles and three walks. Both RF Cord Phelps and 2B Steve Lombardozzi had a two-hit game that included a double, and 1B Brett Wallace, LF Chris Marrero, and SS Alexi Casilla also had two hits each.
It was a tough night for Eddie Gamboa on the mound. He lasted into the seventh inning but gave up seven runs on 10 hits. The good news was he didn't walk anyone. The recently demoted Evan Meek came on in relief and wasn't much better than he was in Baltimore. In 2/3 of an inning he gave up two hits including a solo home run. Preston Guilmet followed with a perfect inning with one strikeout and two ground outs.
Bowie Baysox 5, Altoona Curve 6
It was a tie game going into the bottom of the ninth, but Fabio Castillo couldn't help send the game into extra innings. He gave up a single, a stolen base, a walk, and then finally another single that knocked in the game-losing run for the Baysox. The Baysox couldn't take advantage of their 10 hits and three errors by the other team in the game.
Tim Berry started for the Baysox and had trouble with his control, walking three batters. One of those walks came in to score on a two-run homer. Overall he pitched 5 1/3 inning with seven hits and four runs (three earned) allowed. He did strike out seven, but had a groundout/flyout ratio of 3/6.
On offense, SS Niuman Romero had three hits and a walk. Sharlon Big-Brother-of-Jonathan Schoop had a single and a walk, LF Ronald Bermudez went 2-for-4 with a home run, and 1B Christian Walker had two singles. CF Dariel Alvarez was 0-for-4.
Frederick Keys 3, Potomac Nationals 2
Branden Kline started for the Keys and was quite good. In six innings, Kline gave up just four hits, all singles. He didn't walk a batter and he struck out four. His ground out to fly out ratio was 6/4. Miguel Chalas came in to pitch relief and had two perfect innings before giving up a two-run homer with one out in the ninth. Matt Hauser came in to get the final two outs and the save.
The Keys scored solo runs in each of the first, fifth, and eighth innings. One of those runs came from a home run by CF Glynn Davis, who also walked. DH Zane Chavez had a double and a walk, and 2B Tucker Nathans had two singles. 1B Creede Simpson went 0-for-4.
Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Augusta GreenJackets 0
The Shorebirds had two pitchers combine for the shutout last night. Steven Brault had himself a day as he pitched six innings with just two hits and one walk allowed. He struck out eight. Well done! Dylan Rheault finished the game in relief with three innings pitched in which he gave up just two singles and struck out one.
1B Trey Mancini had three hits on the night, while DH Conor Bierfeldt had two doubles and LF Josh Hart had two singles. C Austin Wynns and RF Mike Yastrzemski also had doubles in the game.
To see the box scores and additional details on these games, visit MiLB.com.
Norfolk Tides @ Louisville Bats, 6:35 p.m.
Tides SP: Steve Johnson (facing off against Chien-Ming Wang!)
Bowie Baysox vs. New Britain Rock Cats, 6:35 p.m.
Baysox SP: Matt Bischoff
It's mystery bobblehead night Prince George's Stadium! You could get Manny, Wieters, Matusz, and more!
It's also mustache mania, which means if you sport a mustache, you get in for half price.
Frederick Keys vs. Winston-Salem Dash, 7 p.m.
Keys SP: Parker Bridwell
Take your pup down to Harry Grove Stadium, because tonight is Bark at the Park.
Delmarva Shorebirds vs. Augusta GreenJackets, 7 p.m.
Shorebirds SP: Mitch Horacek
It's Thirsty Thursday at Arthur Perdue Stadium! It's just $1.75 for beer and pepsi products, all night.