Columbus (Indians) 4, Norfolk Tides 3
Norfolk did not score until the ninth inning, when they got all three of their runs - I guess because the Clippers didn't use their closer in a non-save situation and then the other guy was bad. Well, you take things where you can get them. The rally came up just short. Other than that, not much positive at all at the plate in the game, as the Norfolk hitters only had seven hits and a walk in the entire game. Tides starting pitcher Elih Villanueva gave up more base runners than that in only 2.2 innings of work.
With the starter getting blasted early, relievers were asked to soak up some innings, and they did. Steve Johnson, son of Dave, tossed a scoreless 2.1 innings, while Jorge Rondon, briefly seen in Baltimore this year, was pressed into duty for three innings. Rondon gave up a run on one hit - a leadoff triple in his very first inning, which resulted in a run after a sacrifice fly.
Altoona (Pirates) 6, Bowie Baysox 3
It was a five run sixth inning that did in the Baysox in this game. Starter Chris Lee, acquired from the Astros earlier in the year, held the Curve off the board through five innings - but then he pitched to three batters in the sixth and retired none of them, and HIS relief, Ashur Tolliver, let all of the inherited runners score plus allowed two runs of his own. Dang.
On the other side of the ball, not much going on - although Baysox hitters did combine to walk five times. My main man from CCBC-Catonsville, Glynn Davis, turned in a 3-4 game from the #9 spot in the lineup.
Frederick Keys 4, Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 3
Hey, it took us down to High-A, but we finally find a winner in the Orioles organization from Friday. The Keys did most of their damage on home runs. Adiran Marin hit a two-run shot in the second inning, only his third homer of the year. Marin also stole a base, #19, in the game. Catcher Wynston Sawyer had the other Keys homer (#4), a fourth inning solo shot.
Four Keys relievers combined to hold the Pelicans scoreless for the last 4.1 innings of the game. Matt Taylor, who missed a lot of time earlier this year after getting hit in the head by a line drive, was credited with the win for his 1.1 innings of work.
Greenville (Red Sox) 10, Delmarva Shorebirds 5
File this one under "Welp". Let's not talk about the pitching. All was not terrible for the hitters, however, who came together for 11 hits in the contest. Big boy Jomar Reyes, serving as the DH in the game, was 1-3 with a walk. Vaguely interesting outfielder Ademar Rifaela had a 2-4 night that included a double and two runs scored, as well as a walk.Last year's eighth round pick, Stephen Wilkerson, also went 2-4 with a walk, in his first game back after missing nearly three weeks with an injury.
Aberdeen IronBirds 5, Brooklyn (Mets) 1
Eight of the nine IronBirds hitters reached base safely at least once in the game. Aberdeen had six extra-base hits - five doubles and one triple. From a prospect standpoint however, there was not so much interesting about this game. First rounder D.J. Stewart was 1-4 with one run driven in. Stewart had his batting average as high as .250 about 10 days ago but it has since fallen back down to .229.
Norfolk: vs. Toledo, 5:05pm. (A Star Wars night + doubleheader special!) Starters: Mike Belfiore, Dana Eveland
Bowie: vs. Altoona, 6:35pm. (Fireworks!) Starter: Gene Escat
Frederick: vs. Myrtle Beach, 6:00pm. (Fireworks!) Starter: TBD
Delmarva: vs. Greenville, 7:05pm. (Fireworks!) Starter: Dariel Delgado
Aberdeen: vs. Brooklyn, 7:05pm. Starter: TBD