Charlotte (White Sox) 6, Norfolk 2
Chris Jones allowed 2 earned runs thru 5+ innings (6 H, 1 BB, 3 K), and left with the game tied at 2-2, but Jorge Rondon couldn't hold the lead for him. He allowed 3 earned in just 0.2 innings, giving the Knights a 5-2 lead they wouldn't give up. Wesley Wright took over and retired 5 of 6 batters in his latest rehab appearance. Old friend Matt Albers shut the Tides down in the 7th and 8th inning to earn the hold for Charlotte.
There wasn't much offense on the Norfolk end, but Dariel Alvarez did hit his 12th home run of the season. Christian Walker also went 2-4 in the game, making him the only Tide with multiple hits.
Bowie 6, Erie (Detroit) 3
The Baysox played two 7-inning games to make up for a rainout. Elih Villanueva pitched all 7 innings of the first game, allowing 3 runs in the first inning and zero the rest of the way on 4 hits, 2 walks, and 6 K's. Shortstop Ozzie Martinez (1-3, 2B) and LF Quincy Latimore (3-3, 2B) knocked in two runs apiece. Caleb's brother Corban Joseph also doubled.
Bowie 2, Erie (Detroit) 1
The Baysox went with a bullpen start in the second game. Ashur Tolliver, new acquisition Richard Rodriguez, and Mychal Givens pitched two innings apiece, and Andrew Triggs pitched the 7th to record the save. Rodriguez allowed the only run on 3 hits. Meanwhile, Givens was his usual dominant self, striking out 3 and allowing one hit. The 26-year-old Triggs now has a 0.77 ERA over 35 relief innings this season for Bowie.
Second basemen Corban Joseph had an RBI double and Quincy Latimore had another solid 2-3 game at the plate. Brandon Snyder hit a solo shot in the 2nd inning, his 7th of the year.
Wilmington (Royals) 11, Frederick 3
This wasn't a banner day for Keys pitchers. Mitch Horacek started and got bombed for 7 earned runs on 8 hits and 3 walks. Nik Nowottnick replaced him in the 4th and allowed 3 runs of his own on 6 hits in 2+ innings. Dylan Rheault was able to get through the final 3 innings with 1 run allowed, lowering his season ERA to 6.22.
Only one of the runs scored by the Keys was earned, but they did have 11 hits on the day, all singles. CF Josh Hart was 3-5 in the leadoff spot and 1B Wynston Sawyer was 3-4 batting cleanup.
Hagerstown (Nationals) 9, Delmarva 3
Like Bowie, the Shorebirds also played two 7-inning games yesterday. Brian Gonzalez started for Delmarva and pitched OK until falling apart in the 5th - he ended up allowing seven earned. Mike Burke replaced him and allowed 5 hits in 2.2 innings, although he did strike out four and walk none.
Delmarva managed only 6 hits, two by CF Jay Gonzalez, who knocked in two runs with a double in the fifth. Shortstop Jared Breen also added an RBI single in the 7th.
Delmarva 7, Hagerstown (Nationals) 3
The Shorebirds were able to bounce back and earn a split for the day, thanks to solid pitching from Dariel Delgado (4 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 2 K) and Stefan Crichton (3 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K). Meanwhile, I have no idea who Logan Uxa is, but the DH had all 7 RBI in the game. He went 2-3 with a sac fly, a 2-run triple, and a grand slam. Shortstop Stephen Wilkerson also went 2-4 with a triple.
Aberdeen 5, Batavia (Marlins) 3
The Ironbirds handed the fantastically named "Muckdogs" their 9th loss in the first ten games of the season. Jean Cosme started for Aberdeen - he allowed 3 runs but the rest of his box score looks better than that (5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K). Elias Pinales, a 22-year old Dominican, came in and dominated for 3 innings, allowing only one hit and striking out five. Ryan Meisinger struck out the side in the 9th to earn the save.
First baseman Steve Laurino went 3-4 with two doubles, and 3rd baseman Austin Pfeiffer went 3-4 with one double. Outfielder Tad Gold, whose name is amazing, came off the bench and went 1-3 with a double.
All three rookie-level teams lost yesterday, but if you want to know more, the scoreboard can be found here. Here are today's matchups, with probable starters in parentheses:
Norfolk vs. Charlotte (CHW), 12:05 PM (Zach Davies)
Bowie @ Akron (CLE), 7:05 PM (Tim Berry)
Frederick vs. Wilmington (KC), 7:00 PM (Mikey O'Brien)
Delmarva vs. Lakewood (PHI), 7:05 PM (Josh Walker)
Aberdeen vs. Batavia (MIA), 7:05 PM (TBD)