Norfolk Tides 8, Durham Bulls 7
The Tides tried like hell to give this one away, but used six pitchers to hold off late rallies from the Bulls. Matt Buschmann made an inauspicious organizational debut allowing two earned runs in three innings. Dariel Alvarez homered and Christian Walker doubled, but it was Rey Navarro's two doubles that put the Tides over the top. Navarro has slashed .330/.389/.466 since the All Star Break.
Bowie Baysox 6, Richmond Flying Squirrels 1
There are occasions where the Baysox produce runs without the involvement of Trey Mancini or Quincy Latimore, but they are exceedingly rare. Mancini was 3-4 with a homer and is hitting a godlike .462 in his last ten games. Latimore was 2-3 with a double. Glynn Davis singled and walked and has reached base fifteen times in his six with Bowie since returning from the DL. Joe Gunkel was his usual effective self allowing an earned run in six innings while striking out six. Andrew Triggs and Ashur Tolliver pitched shutout innings in relief. Triggs notched his 14th save and pushed his ERA down to .70.
Frederick Keys 2, Lynchburg HillCats 1
You cannot stop Sicnarf Loopstok, you can only hope to contain him. Newish starter Sean Bierman allowed a solo to the Aruban backstop and was able to scattered six hits across the rest of his six innings. Garrett Cortright allowed a single and struck out a batter in relief. Chance Sisco walked and singled, Adrian Marin tripled. Jay Gonzalez was picked off, but managed his first outfield assist at High A.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 4, West Virginia Black Bears 1
Really nice outing from 19 year old Jean Cosme. The Puerto Rican righty tossed six shutout innings and struck out six batters. He only allowed three baserunners (good for a 73 game score). D.J. Stewart walked and singled while Cedric Mullins doubled and drove in a pair of runs.
Complete boxscores are available here.
NOR: Terry Doyle
BOW: Nick Additon
FRE: David Hess
DEL: Matt "Grimey" Grimes