Gwinnett Braves 2, Norfolk Tides 0
Mike Wright worked six innings, giving up just two earned runs in the loss. He overcame seven hits and two walks, striking out four and stranding runners when it counted. He kept the Tides in the ballgame, but the offense never seemed to show up to the park.
Corban Joseph notched a pair of hits, a single and double, but that’s all that was to be had for the Tides on this night. Quietly, Joseph is hitting .297 with Norfolk on the year.
Harrisburg Senators 5, Bowie Baysox 4
Brandon Barker took the mound for the Baysox, tossing six innings of quality ball. He allowed three runs (two earned), each in a different inning, giving up four hits and a pair of walks. Despite the runs crossing, Barker was effective with 92 pitches in his 16th outing in Bowie this year.
Garabez Rosa notched two singles on the night, while Chris Dickerson (yes that Chris Dickerson), went 2-5 with a double and triple. Right-fielder Glynn Davis, Baltimore born-and-raised, hit his fifth HR on the season, a two-run blast.
Jimmy Yacabonis allowed a leadoff walk to score in the 10th, giving him the official loss.
Potomac Nationals 11, Frederick Keys 5
Trevor Belicek, the mid-season acquisition who hasn’t panned out, again had a rough outing for the Keys. He started the ballgame, lasting just four innings before receiving the hook. He surrendered six hits and two walks, allowing four runs and striking out just two. He was spared the loss, but his season ERA is still unfortunate — 6.67.
As the bullpen struggled, the Keys couldn’t keep up with Potomac’s pace. D.J. Stewart did hit a solo home run, while outfielder Jay Gonzalez went 3-3 with a double and RBI.
Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Greensboro Grasshoppers 3 (Game 1)
Impressive starter Brian Gonzalez got the nod in this one, picking up a topsy-turvy win through five innings. He struck out five and allowed just two earned, but surrendered three walks and five hits over his 90 pitches. For the season, his ERA sits at 2.55.
Randolph Gassaway continues to be hot at the dish, hitting a solo shot in his first at-bat of the game. The most notable prospect in the game one lineup, Ryan Mountcastle, went 0-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Greensboro Grasshoppers 0 (Game 2)
Alex Murphy was moved up to the three-hole for the second game of the doubleheader and didn’t disappoint. He picked up a solo home run and a double, walking twice to reach base all four times up to bat. Both Gerrion Grim and Ademar Rifaela notched two-home dingers.
On the mound, starter Daniel Delgado went five strong scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out five. Christian Turnipseed entered to wrap up the win.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 6, State College Spikes 3
Aberdeen went pitching-by-committee in this one, which most notably featured Lucas Humpal, rookie out of Texas State, tossing three innings of ERA-lowering ball. He allowed one run on three hits, but it wasn’t earned.
Cody Dube, who started the game with a 2.13 ERA, also got three innings of work — the fellow rookie allowed a pair of earned runs in his trio of frames.
Austin Hays continues to crush opposing pitching; he’ll be a major impact youngster to watch next season. He went 2-4 with a two-run home run. Leadoff hitter Kirvin Moesquit went 3-5 with his third triple of the season.
Norfolk at Charlotte, 1:05. Starter: David Hale
Bowie vs. Harrisburg, 7:05. Starter: David Hess
Frederick vs. Potomac, 7:00. Starter: Jon Keller
Delmarva vs. Greensboro, 7:00. Starter: Reid Love
Aberdeen vs. Brooklyn, 7:05. Starter: Keegan Akin