Pawtucket (Red Sox) 4, Norfolk 1
The Tides were completely shut down by Pawtucket starter Roenis Elias, who pitched a complete game and struck out eight Norfolk batters. Michael Almanzar hit a solo home run in the third inning and the Tides scattered only five hits the rest of the game, including two from Trey Mancini.
David Hale got the start for Norfolk and fell to 0-3 after allowing all four Pawtucket runs in 5.1 innings of work. Richard Rodriguez and Pedro Beato both had scoreless appearances out of the bullpen. Beato now has a 1.27 ERA in 28 innings pitched, and Rodriguez is right behind him with a 1.72 ERA in 31 innings.
Bowie 6, Akron (Indians) 0
Bowie starter Jayson Aquino was dominant in this one. He pitched a 7-inning "complete game," allowing three hits and two walks while striking out eight. He was given a quick lead after Bowie scored two runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Henry Urrutia and an RBI double by Quincy Latimore. Drew Dosch and Adrian Marin joined the party with RBI singles in the fourth, and Latimore and Julio Borbon drove in runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively.
Borbon was 2-4 and Urrutia was 3-4, which would be more exciting if they weren't both 29-30 year olds playing in double-A. Quincy Latimore was a perfect 3-3 on the day.
Bowie 12, Akron 7 (Game 2)
The Baysox trailed early in the second game after a nightmare first inning from starter David Richardson. He allowed back to back homers to lead off the game, then hit two batters, walked two, and allowed a triple. By the time the third out was recorded, Akron had jumped out to a 5-0 lead.
The deficit was 6-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth, where the first two batters were retired before everything went nuts. With two out, Bowie had the following sequence: double, single, triple, walk, single, walk, walk, walk, grand slam. That'll do it!
Glynn Davis broke the game open with the aforementioned grand slam, which was his only hit of the day. Garabez Rosa went 4-4, continuing his hot streak since being demoted from Norfolk. He's now hitting .391/.408/.583 in 115 double-A at-bats.
Carolina (Braves) 6, Frederick 4
Rain shortened this one to just five innings and snuffed out a potential comeback by the Keys, who were down 6-0 early. Starter Mitch Horacek got knocked around for nine hits and three walks in his five innings of work.
Second baseman Steve Wilkerson was the only Frederick player with multiple hits; he went 2-3 with a two-run single in the third inning. Jomar Reyes was 1-2 with a double; hits have been hard to come by for Reyes this year after his promotion from Delmarva at age 19. He's batting .226/.274/.344 for Frederick on the season.
Today's matchups (probable starter in parentheses)
Durham @ Norfolk, 7:05 PM (Ariel Miranda)
Carolina @ Frederick, 7:00 PM (TBD)
Delmarva @ West Virgina, 7:05 PM (Cristian Alvarado)