Norfolk Tides 7, Charlotte Knights 2
Starting pitcher Chris Jones gave up one run in five innings, with two walks and five strikeouts. Jones' ERA for the season is down to 3.84. Randy Wolf pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
Steve Clevenger continued to try and make his case for promotion, hitting a home run and a double, and taking a walk in the game. The other member of Team Steve - Norfolk Chapter, Steve Lombardozzi, also had two hits. 3B Buck Britton went 4-for-5 with a double.
Bowie Baysox 5, Akron Rubber Ducks 2
The Baysox scored four runs in the top of the ninth to comeback and win. It was just a grand slam by CF Dariel Alvarez, no big deal. The granny was one of two hits on the day for Alvarez, who also walked. Catcher Michael Ohlman went 2-for-5 with a double and 1B Christian Walker was 1-for-4. LF John Ruettiger went 3-for-4.
Eduardo Rodriguez started for the Baysox and gave up two runs over six innings, but only one was earned. Rodriguez struck out seven and walked two. Oliver Drake came in to pitch the ninth and got his 21st save.
Frederick Keys 4, Lynchburg Hillcats 8
Dylan Bundy made his first start for the Keys as he works his way back to the majors. He had a bit of a rough time, as a walk and a hit batsman helped lead to a run in the second inning, and a walk and a double in the fifth led to two more. Bundy was pulled after 4 2/3 and his final run scored thanks to a wild pitch by Jimmy Yacabonis. Bundy only struck out three.
On offense, both 1B Trey Mancini and SS Adrian Marin went 2-for-4 with a double. LF Mike Yastrzemski and DH Michael Burgess both doubled as well.
Delmarva Shorebirds 17, Lakewood Blue Claws 5
Holy cow, Shorebirds! The Shorebirds celebrated the 4th of July with offensive fireworks, as the only inning they didn't score a run in was the second. The offense was paced by DH Chance Sisco, who went 3-for-5 with a home run, and CF Gregory Lorenzo, who had four hits, two of which were triples! 1B Creede Simpson reached base five times thanks to three hits and two walks, and C Austin Wynns, 2B Anthony Caronia, and 3B Drew Dosch all had two-hit games.
Nick Cunningham, making his first start for the Shorebirds after being promoted from Aberdeen, pitched five innings and gave up three runs. He walked three and struck out two. Not the best debut in history, but he has time.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 3, Brooklyn Cyclones 2
It's a 4th of July miracle! The Ironbirds won! In just their third win of the year, Tanner Chleborad started the game with two scoreless innings. Josh Walker followed with two innings and one run allowed, striking out four. Then Bennett Parry pitched the final five innings of the game. Sounds kind of backwards, Ironbirds, but whatever gets the W. I can't find any documentation on why Perry was recently moved back down to Aberdeen, but perhaps he's being stretched out to become a starter?
The Aberdeen offense had to contend with rehabbing Mets starter Dillon Gee, who held them to three hits and one run over six innings. He also struck out 10. The Ironbirds scored two after he left the game to take the lead. CF Jay Gonzalez had two hits in the game. LF Jamill Moquete and 2B Stephen Wilkerson doubled, and catcher Alex Murphy went 1-for-4.
For more details on these games as well as the results of the games from the Gulf Coast and Dominican Summer Leagues, check out MiLB.com.
Norfolk Tides @ Charlotte Knights, 7:05
Tides SP: Nick Additon
Bowie Baysox @ Akron Rubber Ducks, 7:05
Baysox SP: Anthony Vasquez
Frederick Keys @ Lynchburg Hillcats, 6:05
Keys SP: Branden Kline
Delmarva Shorebirds vs Lakewood Blue Claws, 7:05
Shorebirds SP: Hunter Harvey
If you didn't get enough fireworks yesterday, tonight is fireworks night at Perdue Stadium. Also, Hunter Harvey!
Aberdeen Ironbirds @ Brooklyn Cyclones, 6:00
Ironbirds SP: TBD