Charlotte (White Sox) 5, Norfolk Tides 4
This game goes in the loss column for the Orioles affiliate, but perhaps it can go in the win column for the Orioles organization, because Kevin Gausman made a start in which he pitched six innings and gave up two runs on six hits. Two of the six hits were solo home runs, so there's your two runs. He didn't walk anybody and struck out eight - I think we can count that as a good night. Now get this man back to the major leagues and into the rotation!
The Knights scored two runs off Pedro Beato in the ninth inning to rally and walk off the Tides on this particular night. Christian Walker went 2-5 with a double and a home run. Rey Navarro also had a double and a home run for Norfolk.
Harrisburg (Walgreens) 5, Bowie Baysox 4
The score of the night, and once again the Orioles affiliate is on the losing end. Mikey "Chief" O'Brien gave up four runs in 6.1 innings of work for the Tides, but the loss hung on Ricardo Rodriguez for giving up a run in the ninth inning to break what was a 4-4 tie.
Recent favorite Trey Mancini grabbed himself a pair of hits an two RBI as well in the game. He's now played 34 games for the Baysox and is batting .333/.362/.553 in that time. That's good! He has driven in 23 runs. That's also good. I'm rooting for this guy. Mike Yastrzemski also had a couple of hits, as did Ozzie Martinez and Quincy Latimore. Unfortunately, basically nobody else on the Baysox did anything.
Wilmington (Royals) 3, Frederick Keys 1
Rough night on the farm here. Keys hitters only got on base six times - five hits and one walk - and two of those runners were caught in attempted steals. That's going to limit your scoring opportunities, for sure. Chance Sisco had two of the Keys' five hits, bringing his average back over .300. Sisco also stole a base (!), his seventh of the year (!!), and threw out the lone attempted base stealer against him.
The game was started by Christopher "Saruman" Lee, who took the loss because Frederick hitters did little, but he had a fairly nice game. Lee, acquired earlier this year for a couple of international bonus slots, gave up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven. He has a 3.63 ERA in 11 starts for the Keys.
Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Greensboro (Marlins) 2 (12 innings)
We have a winner at last! In truth, this does not look like it must have been a very exciting game. The two teams had six hits apiece and the contest ran for 12 innings. Each side committed two errors as well. The walkoff blow was dealt by Shorebirds center fielder Ademar Rifaela, who hit his second home run of the year in the 12th inning to end the festivities.
The game was started for Delmarva by 2014 top pick (3rd rounder) Brian Gonzalez, who gave up two runs, one earned, in five innings. Gonzalez gave up only two hits but walked three and also struck out three batters.
Hudson Valley (Rays) 2, Aberdeen IronBirds 1
If the game I just wrote about wasn't exciting, this one was even less so. These two teams combined for only seven hits and Aberdeen had only two of them. That was good enough for them to plate one run in the first inning. They didn't score again. So... better luck tomorrow, farm teams.
Norfolk: at Charlotte, 7:05. Starter: Tyler Wilson
Bowie: vs. Harrisburg, 6:35. (Fireworks night!) Starter: Joe "The Gunk" Gunkel
Frederick: at Wilmington, 7:05. Starter: David Hess
Delmarva: vs. Greensboro, 7:05. (Christmas in July!) Starter: Matthew Grimes
Aberdeen: at Tri-City, 7:00. Starter: TBD
For complete box scores from Friday's games, including the adventures of the two Dominican Summer League affiliates - but not the GCL Orioles because they got rained out - you can check out here.