Norfolk Tides 5, Toledo Mud Hens 4
Christian Walker hit a walk off two run homer to lift the Tides over the Mud Hens. Kevin Gausman and Mike Wright formed an underwhelming version of the Wonder Twins to start the game, But Oliver Drake and Cesar Cabral tossed 1.2 perfect innings to shut things down.Gausman didn't allow any runs and only allowed a hit, but he walked a pair against three strikeouts. Wright allowed all four runs in his 4.1 innings on the hill. Walker singled twice in addition to homering and has OPS'd .902 for the month of June. Henry Urrutia singled three times and drove in three runs. After having an eight game hitting streak snapped at the start of this series, Dariel Alvarez is now hitless in his last two games.
Bowie Baysox @ Erie Seawolves (PPD)
Frederick Keys 6, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2
Areil Miranda and Luis Gonzalez performed adequately in another piggyback start. The Cuban defector found the Carolina League a touch more challenging than the Gulf Coast League. He allowed a couple earned runs, but didn't walk anyone, at least. After a couple disastrous starts, Luis Gonzalez came on in relief and tossed four shutout innings. Brenden Webb was the only Key kept off the basepaths and they hit six doubles over the course of the game (including two off the bat of Adrian Marin).
Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Hagerstown Suns11 (12)
The Shorebirds took a tough loss in extra innings after holding the lead through eight innings. Nigel Nootbaar took the loss after Phildrick Llewellyn allowed a passed ball and then committed a throwing error on a strike three...and that's sort of how things went. On the plus side, three more walks for Jay Gonzalez (the Shorebirds drew nine overall) and the combination, along with Gonzalez, of Stephen Wilkerson and T.J. Olesczuk continued to yield benefits.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 3, Batavia Muckdogs 2
It is, perhaps, fitting that the only team worse than the Ironbirds thus far in New York Penn League play is a team called the Muckdogs. Luc Rennie and Tanner Scott combined for 10 Ks over the first seven innings and Fairfax native Patrick Baker locked things with two perfect innings to close things out. Recent draftee Steve Laurino had a pair of hits and continues to be one of the few shining lights offensively for the Ironbirds (.324/.400/.441).
Full boxscores are available here.
NOR: Chris Jones
BOW: Elih Villanuve, Ashur Tolliver
FRE: Mitch Horacek
DEL: Lucas Long, Brian Gonzalez