Norfolk Tides 7, Toledo Mud Hens 4
Mike Wright was a man on a mission as he rattled off eight innings of one run ball. Wright k'd six batters and got eleven outs via the grounder. As has been the case many times this season, but not so much as of late, Trey Mancini and MIke Yastrzemski keyed the offense. Mancini swatted his 12th double and ninth homer of the season while Lil Yaz singled and doubled. Corban Joseph, brother of Caleb, also donged for good measure. Chaz Roe k'd the only batter he faced for the save and he hasn't been scored on since May 19th, a stretch spanning fifteen appearances.That's good!
Bowie Baysox 10, Harrisburg Senators 1
Newish Baby Bird Brandon Barker had a night almost as effective as Wright's as he also allowed a run in eight innings, though his was scored via a home run. The passel of AAAA guys the organization has stashed at Bowie this season put the Baysox in the driver's seat in this one and kept them there, though "Marshall" Chance Sisco reached base three times and now has a slash line of .309/.401/.382. Keep eating those Wheaties, bud!
Frederick Keys 6, Carolina Mudcats 5
Shake your keys! The crowd at Harry Grove Stadium was rewarded for their patience as the Keys battled back from an early deficit to walk it off. Lucas Long had a, shall we say, uneven night. The righty from the Twin Cities struck out six, but allowed nine hits, including two homers. At least he didn't walk anyone. Venezuelan Ivan Hernandez kept the Keys in it with three shutout innings in relief. D.J. Stewart had a pair of singles and Conor Bierfeldt homered and doubled.
Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Greensboro Grasshoppers 6
Ofelky Peralta has walked five batters and allowed eleven in his last two starts (that's in 8.2 innings). His Dominican compatriot Francisco Jimenez settled things down with three innings in relief (I sense a pattern, here). The Shorebirds didn't quite have the muscle to make it back all the way in this one. Everyone in the top of the order reached base twice, but Cedric Mullins walked, doubled and scored twice. Mullins was the only Shorebird with an extra base hit on the evening. Yermin Mercedes singled twice, but was charged with his 18th passed ball of the season. Goodness gracious.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 3, Connecticut Tigers 2
Yet another strong pitching performance on the farm this evening was delivered by Aussie Alex Wells. The 19 year old went toe toe with hyped prospect Kyle Funkhouser and came out the winner. Wells struck out six and allowed an earned run in seven innings. The workload Wells has been taking on in this young season is escalating and his performance may merit a promotion sooner rather than later. 2016 draftee Jason Heinrich walked twice and doubled while Alejandro Juvier singled thrice.
Boxscores from these games as well as games from the Gulf Coast League and Dominican Summer League are available here.
BOW: David Hess
FRE: Matt Grimes
DEL: Reid Love