Norfolk Tides 3, Syracuse (Walgreens) 0
For the most part you're going to win a lot of baseball games where your team has double-digit hits and the other team's number of hits can be counted on one hand. That was the case for the Tides against the Chiefs on Wednesday. Chris Parmelee continued to clamor for a call-up with a three-hit performance. Nolan Reimold has been doing the same with a torrid streak. He's batting .429 over the last ten games, adding two more hits Wednesday. Christian Walker also had a multi-hit game for the Tides.
The game was started for Norfolk by Michael Bowden, who allowed only three hits and two walks in 5.2 innings of work. He's been a bullpen pitcher mostly this year; this was only his third start. He's sporting a 1.67 ERA. Pat McCoy added three scoreless innings. Cesar Cabral retired the last Syracuse batter for his second save. Cabral has yet to allow a run in 16.2 innings.
Erie (Tigers) 6, Bowie Baysox 3
The latest minor league rehab mess of Bud Norris took place in this game. Norris, who reportedly lost 14 pounds during his bout of bronchitis, doesn't seem to be all the way back - then again, with how he's pitched in MLB this year, who knows. Anyway, on Wednesday, Norris gave up four runs on six hits in five innings of work. He did strike out seven SeaWolves batters, so I guess that's something.
Recent trade acquisition Ben Rowen pitched the final two innings of the game, striking out three batters. Since joining Bowie, he sports a 1.90 ERA.
On offense for the Baysox, shortstop Ozzie Martinez drove in all three runs.
Salem (Red Sox) 5, Frederick Keys 4
The Keys got the tying run to third base with only one out in the ninth inning, but they weren't able to get the rally going any farther than that. They were behind early on after starter Mitch Horacek gave up a total of four runs over the first three innings. Horacek ended his day after 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. He never walked anybody and struck out only two batters.
For Frederick, Adrian Marin hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot in the first inning. Both first baseman Trey Mancini and third baseman Anthony Caronia had two-hit days that included a double. Mancini is now batting .317/.340/.495 on the season. Catcher Austin Wynns threw out two of three attempted base stealers.
Hickory (Rangers) 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 2
Shorebirds starter Bennett Parry was pulled from the game after two innings with an unspecified injury. The Crawdads did most of their damage much later in the game, scoring three runs total between the sixth and seventh innings. Those runs were charged to reliever Matt Trowbridge, though it was Stefan "I didn't write Jurassic Park" Crichton who ended up taking the loss despite giving up only a run in three innings of work.
Of Delmarva's seven hits, two each came from Riley Palmer and Tanner Murphy. Shortstop Guillermo Salas managed to steal two bases despite having no hits or walks in the game. Center fielder Jay Gonzalez had a 1-4 night with a walk and also stole his 15th base of the season.
You can check out the full box scores for each game here.
Thursday's Probable Pitchers
Norfolk: Elih Villanueva
Bowie: Terry Doyle
Frederick: Chris Lee
Delmarva: John Means