Norfolk Tides 5, Durham Bulls 2
Mike Wright fell a strike in his bid to become the first tide since Chris Tillman in 2010 to throw a nine inning no-hitter. Wright made it two outs in the ninth before Alexi Casilla muffed a throw to extend the inning and made it two strikes on Mikie Mahtook who ultimately doubled. Wright also struck out eleven batters. Dariel Alvarez hit his first AAA homer in support of Wright, but Christian Walker wasn't much help (three strikeouts, four at bats). Julio Borbon also reached base three times and stole his 30th base of the season.
Bowie Baysox 6, Reading Phillies 2
Near misses seem to have been a recurring theme last night as Mike Yastrzemski fell a triple short of a poor man's cycle (edit: a term I just invented to cover for my own inattentiveness...Yastrzemski walked, he didn't single; or do you prefer saber-cycle?). You can laugh and say, "Easier said than done," but Lil Yaz has 15 triples (across three levels) so it's not totally crazy. Every Baysock reached base, though Niuman Romero only walked.
Anthony Vasquez pitched eight strong innings. He allowed four baserunners, induced twelve groundouts and struck out five. Oliver Drake picked up his 27th save.
Frederick Keys 5, Carolina Mudcats 0
What an outstanding debut from Stephen Brault! The lefty from Regis College pitched six one hit innings in his Carolina League debut. Brault only struck out one, but didn't walk anyone and coaxed eight outs from the Mudcats via the groundball.
Trey Mancini led the offensive attack with a 3-5, two double evening. Between Delmarva and Frederick, Mancini's hit 30 doubles this season. Brenden Webb also homered and Joel Hutter (from Lew Ford's alma mater) walked three times.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 3, Hudson Valley Renegades 7
Hector Veloz and Randolph Gassaway tripled while Jamll Moquete doubled and homered as the I-birds lost again.
Making his first appearance since moving up from the Gulf Coast League, Mike Burke struck out four in two innings. USC alum Max Schuh had a similar line, but Luc Rennie got roughed in 1/3 of an inning. Rennie allowed six baserunners and they ALL scored. Ouch. Rennie started the season at Delmarva.