Norfolk Tides 7, Durham Bulls 1
On account of getting bounced between the bullpen and starting rotation in Baltimore and between Baltimore and Norfolk, Mike Wright only made 13 starts for the International League affiliate of the Orioles in 2016. For the most part, he made them count, too. Wright only made a couple truly miserable starts, but tonight's was standard fare for Wright in 2016: five innings, one earned run, no walks and two Ks. Not exciting stuff, but there's something to work with. Kyle Lobstein walked a batter in an otherwise uneventful evening of work and the X Man went 3-5. Chance Sisco walked, singled and homered and Christian Walker homered twice. Trey Mancini was pulled after a couple at bats. Going somewhere?
Bowie Baysox 6, Akron RubberDucks 8
The Baysox outhit the RubberDucks overall, but only batted 5-15 with RISP. Eesh. Jesus Liranzo took the loss in this one, allowing three earned runs in 2/3 if an inning. Tanner Scott struck out two batters in a perfect eighth innings.
Frederick Keys 6, Wilmington Blue Rocks 3
Nice victory for the Keys on many levels: 1) defeat a Royals affiliate, 2) D.J. Stewart stroked a pair of singles and a double to end the year with a .279/.389/.448 SLG, 3) Yermin Mercedes homered again to bump his Carolina League slash line to .318/..381/.542. Not too shabby. Josh Hart and Jomar Reyes each finished the season batting in the .200s, but Hart DID hit a homer.
Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 3 (10)
The Shorebirds weren't skeered. Brian Gonzalez and Dariel Delgado each turned in scoreless appearances. Alex Murphy doubled to end the season with a respectable .252/.335/.423 slash line. Christian Turnipseed blew the save, but held on for the win.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 2, Hudson Valley Renegades 0
The Ironbirds stole three bases in this one, including one from Cole Billngsley, one of the short season squad's MVPs. 40th round draft pick Joe Johnson was perfect in an inning of relief, but the rest of the staff wasn't so bad either.
Full boxscores for these games are available here, and thanks for following along this season.