Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay) 10, Norfolk Tides 6
The Tides took a 3-0 lead in the first thanks to a two-run double by Trey Mancini and a RBI single from L.J. Hoes, but started Joe Gunkel gave that lead right back in the bottom of the second.
The Bulls crossed the plate five times in that inning, including a pair of home runs. Norfolk actually took the lead back in the fourth with a three-run inning that included yet another 2-run double from Mancini, but Gunkel allowed two more runs in the fifth before being lifted.
Gunkel’s final line was seven earned runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings. Mancini was 2-3 with two doubles, two walks and four RBIs. L.J. Hoes was 3-5, and Christian Walker was 2-5 with an RBI.
Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland) 5, Bowie Baysox 3
John Means held the RubberDucks scoreless until the fifth, and ended up allowing three runs on just four hits in 5.2 innings. Logan Ondrusek gave up two runs on three hits in four outs of relief, which ended up being the difference.
Ondrusek now has a 6.43 ERA in five games since being sent to Bowie. Meanwhile, Jimmy Yacabonis lowered his ERA to 2.03 through 44 innings at the double-A level after pitching a scoreless eighth.
Eight of Bowie’s starters had at least one hit, and four of them (Dickerson, Urrutia, Terdoslavich, Rosa) had two. Chris Dickerson’s RBI triple and Henry Urrutia’s two-run double accounted for all of Bowie’s scoring.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City) 5, Frederick Keys 3
David Richardson spotted the Blue Rocks an early 2-0 lead, but he eventually settled in and pitched 5.2 innings with eight strikeouts. Frederick was able to tie the game on a pair of defensive miscues - a passed ball in the fifth and a throwing error by the shortstop in the sixth.
Garrett Cleavinger gave up a pair of runs in the eighth that would ultimately make the difference. He’s struggled since his promotion to Frederick; after tearing up the Sally league with a 1.38 ERA in 39 innings, he’s got a 4.82 ERA over 37 innings in High-A.
Stephen Wilkerson was the only Key with multiple hits in the game; he was 2-4. D.J. Stewart walked twice, raising his OBP to .383 in 58 games with Frederick.
Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox) 6, Delmarva Shorebirds 2
Delmarva scored in each of the first two innings, on RBI hits from Cedric Mullins and Alex Murphy, but were held scoreless the rest of the way. Mullins was 3-4, raising his slash line to .273/.321/.464.
Cristian Alvarado allowed three runs over five innings, but only one was earned thanks to a third-inning error from Ryan Mountcastle. Alvarado actually pitched pretty well, giving up four hits and no walks while striking out five.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 5, Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay) 2
The Ironbirds jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, which was more than enough for starter Travis Seabrooke. The 2013 fifth-round pick out of Canada pitched five innings and allowed just one unearned run.
Cole Billingsley went 3-4 in the game, while Jaylen Ferguson went 2-3 with two doubles and two runs batted in. Irving Ortega, Kirvin Moesquit, and Ryan McKenna each chipped in with two hits apiece.
Norfolk @ Durham, 1:05 PM (Mike Wright)
Bowie @ Akron, 1:05 PM (Brandon Barker)
Frederick vs. Wilmington, 2:00 PM (Franderlin Romero)
Delmarva vs. Kannapolis, 2:05 PM (Brian Gonzalez)
Aberdeen vs. Hudson Valley, 1:05 PM (Zach Muckenhirn)