Norfolk 0 Durham (Rays) 2
Needing just a win to clinch their division title, the Tides put up a dud of an effort on offense. David Lough had 2 hits and a walk, while the entirety of the remaining lineup had...2 hits and a walk.
(LHP) Chris Jones ended his fantastic regular season with another strong performance, striking out 7 over 7 innings that saw him allow just 5 hits and a walk for 2 ER. The soon-to-be 27 year old acquired from Atlanta for Luis Ayala back in '13 pitched 150 innings over 30 games and 22 starts for the Tides. He K'd 105, walked 29, allowed just 3 HRs, compiled a 2.94 ERA, and earned the International League Pitcher of the Week nod twice.
Bowie 2 Erie (Tigers) 3, Game 1 (7 innings)
Bowie 1 Erie 4, Game 2 (7 innings)
The Baysox have already clinched their division, and merely await finding out who their 1st round playoff opponent will be. It will not be Erie, who sit in the basement of Bowie's division. (LHP) Chris Lee worked Game 1 and allowed 3 ER over 5 IP. Quincy Latimore drove in both Baysox runs, one via a 7th inning dinger. Trey Mancini hit a double in 3 at bats.
Game 2 saw Mancini put up a 3 for 3 effort, while the rest of the offense combined to go 4-23 with 8 Ks.
Winston-Salem (White Sox) 1 Frederick 4
The Keys are not prepping for post-season baseball, while Winston-Salem has already secured their spot, so the Keys couldn't even play spoiler in this one. Just puttin' in work. Josh Hart went 0 for 4, but drove in 1 via a fielder's choice, and then proceeded to swipe his 30th bag of the season. Dariel Alvarez went 0 for 4 w/ 3 Ks as he awaits rejoining the O's after they return from Canada. Adrian Marin, soon to be headed to the Arizona Fall League, had himself a game: 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, an RBI, and his 25th SB of the season. He's riding a 6 game hit streak, and has hit in 8 of his last 9.
Delmarva 1 Lakewood (Phillies) 6
Delmarva has also been eliminated from any playoff hopes, so another puttin' in work game as their season winds down. Yermin Mercedes had 2 hits in 4 at bats and drove in the Shorebirds' only run. This game was close until the Shorebirds facilitated a 3 run 8th inning for Lakewood by hitting one batter, walking another to load the bases, chucking a wild pitch to bring in 1 run, and then serving up a line drive double to bring in two more. So it goes...
Aberdeen 14 Hudson Valley (Tampa Bay) 5
Here is a game with significant playoff implications, as each team vies for the two remaining NYPL playoff spots, including the division title. The Ironbirds came out firing, putting up a run in the first, 2 more in the 2nd, then a 6 spot in the 3rd, and 4 more in the 4th. That's probably some sort of abstract mathematical sequence, but I'm too lazy to look up if that's true or not. Ergo, since you just read it on the internet it must be true. Anyway...
Cedric Mullins went 2 for 6 and drove in 3. D.J. Stewart hit his 6th dinger of the season in the 1st, and went on to go 2 for 3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored. Alex Murphy went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. In fact, only (SS) Ricardo Andujar went hitless for the Ironbirds, and he drew 2 walks and scored both times. Tall southpaw Travis Seabrooke K'd 7 over 4 IP, and other prospecty arm Daniel Ayers allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, over 3 innings while striking out 2.
Your probables for this (/extreme monster truck show commercial voice) SUNDAY!, SUNDAY!, SUNDAY! are:
Norfolk: (RHP) Tyler Wilson
Bowie: (RHP) David Hess
Frederick: (LHP) John Means
Delmarva: (RHP) Francisco Jimenez