My apologies for interrupting the non-stop Manny brawl coverage, but there were in fact minor league game last night. And they were good ones.
Norfolk Tides 7, Durham Bulls (TBR) 3
Yovani Gallardo made his second rehab start in this game, with reports that his fastball sat 89-90 with a high of 91. I'm guessing that's about as good as we can hope from him.
Gallardo was scheduled to throw about 75 pitches and ended up with 85 through five innings. He struck out five, walked two, and gave up three runs. Three of his four hits allowed went for extra bases.
On offense, it was another big day for LF Mike Yastrzemski. Yaz went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. Those three hits raised his triple-A batting average to .309. Christian Walker DH'd and doubled for his only hit. Trey Mancini also went 1-for-4.
Bowie Baysox 11, Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 5
The Baysox put a hurting on the Sea Dogs in a game that only looks as close as it was because of three FU runs scored by the Dogs in the bottom of the ninth. Starter David Hess pitched six innings with just two runs allowed on five hits and two walks. Not the most dominant performance, but on this night it was plenty.
Shortstop Adrian Marin had three hits on the night and was just a triple short of the cycle. The Baysox had a whopping eight doubles, including two as part of a three-hit day for catcher Austin Wynns. CCBC's own Glynn Davis also went 2-for-5.
Frederick Keys 8, Carolina Mudcats (ATL) 4
A two-run first inning and a five-run second highlighted the Keys' big win over the Mudcats. They sent nine men to the plate in the second, which was capped off by a three-run home run by RF Conor Bierfeldt.
2B Stephen Wilkerson went 3-for-4 in the game while every other batter had exactly one hit. Catcher Jonah Heim doubled and scored, and the speedy Jay Gonzalez stole two bases. That 33 on the year for Gonzalez out of 37 attempts.
Lucas Long started for the Keys and picked up the win despite a subpar outing. He made it just five innings with three runs allowed. He struck out only two and walked one.
Delmarva Shorebirds 8, West Virginia Power (PIT) 4 (16 innings)
Yes, these teams played 16 innings last night. After nine innings the score was just 2-2, but each team scored one in the 10th before the Birds put up a five-spot in the top of the 16th. Can you imagine how exhausting that must have been? Ah, to be young like the boys of the Sally League.
Though he was long forgotten by the time the game ended, starting pitcher Cristian Alvarez had a nice night. Alvarez pitched six innings with just three hits and no walks. He struck out six and gave up two solo home runs.
After a parade of actual relief pitchers over the next 9.1 innings, outfielder Gerrion Grim was brought in two get the two-out save. The Power also had a position player pitcher, shortstop Logan Ratledge. What a game.
The only home run for the Birds came from catcher Alex Murphy in the 16th inning. It was Murphy's only hit on the night, though he did walk twice. Shortstop Ryan Mountcastle and LF D.J. Stewart each had two doubles in the game.
- Norfolk @ Durham, 7:05 PM. Starter: Odrisamer Despaigne.
- Bowie @ Portland, 7:00 PM. Starter: John Means
- Frederick: OFF
- Delmarva @ West Virginia, 7:05 PM. Starter: Ofelky Peralta
For more info on these games as well as those of the Dominican Summer League, check out MiLB.com.