Norfolk Tides 6, Durham Bulls 0
That Tyler Wilson guy had a good start in this one… remember him? He worked a perfect game, well, kind of. He was perfect through five innings and 57 pitches, but was pulled for Edgar Olmos to begin the sixth. T-Willy struck out six in his mini-perfecto, snatching the win for the Tides.
Olmos was also perfect through three; veteran Tom Gorzelanny allowed a hit in the ninth to break up the party.
Trey Mancini picked up three of Norfolk’s 11 hits. He hit one out of the park in the fifth, one of three Tides HRs on the night. Francisco Pena and Corban Joseph, too, joined the long-ball party.
With the win, Norfolk is now only 19 games under .500 … progress!
Reading Fightin’ Phils 13, Bowie Baysox 0
You don’t really have to know what happened in this one to know the bottom line: Wednesday was a disaster for the O’s double-A squad. Actually, that might be putting it lightly.
Baysox starter Brandon Barker allowed six hits, a pair of walks and five earned runs over two and a third innings. And by the time he was chased from the game by Reading, this ballgame was completely over.
Bowie committed three errors in the field, managed just five hits (two including a double from Chance Sisco) and failed to put a runner across.
Oh, and both Scott McGough and Stefan Crichton allowed four runs in their short innings out of the bullpen ... so, there’s that.
Amazingly, Reading is now 73-37 on the season.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5, Frederick Keys 0
Not much went right for Frederick in this one, especially on offense. The lineup produced just three hits, one a double from Jomar Reyes. Leadoff man Erick Salcedo went 1-3 with a single - he's hitting .278 through 102 games with Frederick.
Making his second start with the Keys after being demoted from Bowie, Jon Keller pitched into the fifth, allowing just one hit and no earned runs. He was relieved by mid-season addition Trevor Belicek, who surrendered a few extra-base hits and three earned over a trio of innings.
In the field, Reyes made his 18th error of the season.
Hickory Crawdads 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 3
Delmarva starter Cristian Alvarado again had a positive outing, but his bullpen couldn't come through for him in the clutch. The right-hander hurled six innings, allowing just two earned runs and striking out five. However, Christian Turnipseed couldn't hold things down in the ninth, surrendering a pair of hits leading to Hickory's go-ahead and eventually game-winning run.
At the dish, the Shorebirds notched nine hits in a balanced effort. Ryan Mountcastle, Austin Anderson and Randolph Gassaway all had multi-hit games.
Gassaway hit a ninth-inning solo home run; he's now hitting .337 with Delmarva. Last year in Aberdeen, he slashed .273/.318/.335.
Tri-City ValleyCats 1, Aberdeen Ironbirds 0
Nobody wanted to hit in this game, especially on the Aberdeen side. They collected just one hit on the night, a single from Preston Palmeiro. Other than that, the Ironbirds went 0-27 with 8 Ks.
On the bright side, Travis Seabrooke also dealt on the mound. He went six shutout six innings, giving up just three hits and walking just one. He threw just 65 pitches.