Gwinnett (Atlanta) 6, Norfolk 2 (Game 1; 7 innings)
Elih Villanueva got jacked up for 5 ER over 3 IP and that was that. Christian Walker was the lone bright spot on offense, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Gwinnet 7, Norfolk 2 (Game 2; 7 innings)
Just like the Game 1 starter, Villanueva, Eddie Gamboa coughed up 5 ER over 3 IP. Sometimes the knuckler doesn't knuckle. Christian Walker added a 1-for-4 line and drove in a run.
Altoona (Pirates) 0, Bowie 4
Joe Gunkel closed out his regular season with 7 shutout innings, striking out 6 and earning his 10th Win. Trey Mancini left the game after one at bat. Not sure what happened there. Chance Sisco took an 0-for-2. Mike Yastzemski went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Carolina (Atlanta) 6, Frederick 7
Trailing by one, Josh Hart led off the 9th with a single before two errors eventually allowed him to move over to 3rd. A Derek Peterson single brought Hart in to tie the game. Then Tad Gold walked it off with another single. Hart had himself a game, going 3-for-4 while also reaching via a HBP, stealing 2 bags, driving in a run, and scoring 2 runs. Mitch Horacek K'd 4 and allowed 2 ER over 5 IP.
Hickory (Rangers) 1, Delmarva 7
Matthew Grimes allowed just one unearned run over 6 innings of work and was rewarded with his 10th Win of the season. (2B) Stephen Wilkerson did the offensive damage, going 2-for-3 with 5 RBI, 3 of those coming via an Earl Weaver Special. No Jomar Reyes yet again. boo hoo.
Lowell (Red Sox) 10, Aberdeen 7
Reid Love was tagged for 7 runs (5 earned) over 3 IP, including a 4 spot in the 1st. But the Ironbirds fought back to make a game of it before ultimately falling short. Cedric Mullins put together a 3 for 4 effort and fell a dinger short of a Cycle. D.J. Stewart went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Alex Murphy tagged a 3-run home run in the Ironbirds' 4-run 1st inning answer. Ryan Mountcastle took an 0-for-4 on the night.
Your Thursday probables are:
Norfolk: (LHP) Mike Belfiore
Bowie: (LHP) Nick Additon
Frederick: (RHP) Josh Walker
Delmarva: (RHP) Lucas Long