Norfolk Tides 9, Pawtucket Red Sox 7
Gabriel Ynoa was scoreless through three innings, but got into trouble and allowed three runs in the fourth. He ended up leaving the game after recording only one out in the fifth.
The Tides still had a comfortable 7-3 lead after teeing off on Kyle Kendrick. Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run shot in the 4th, his 12th homer of the year. Chris Dickerson and David Washington both homered in the 6th.
The 7th was when it fell apart for the Norfolk bullpen. Steve Johnson was replaced by Paul Fry with runners on first and second, and Fry subsequently walked a better to load the bases. That brought up Bryce Brentz, who took Fry deep for a game-tying grand slam.
The next few innings were a long relievers’ duel between Edwin Jackson and Pawtucket’s Chandler Shepherd, who each pitched three scoreless innings. Finally, in the bottom of the 11th, David Washington hit his second bomb of the game to send Norfolk home with a 9-7 win.
Jimmy Yacabonis pitched the 11th for the Tides; he now has a 1.01 ERA over 26.2 innings. Washington was 3-5 with the aforementioned two dongs, and Johnny Giovatella chipped in three hits as well.
Erie Seawolves 8, Bowie Baysox 3
John Means had a rough go in the first inning, allowing four runs on four hits and a pair of wild pitches. To his credit, he stuck it out and managed to get through five innings with minimal additional damage. Five earned in five innings isn’t exactly good, but it’s better than four earned in two innings.
The Baysox were kept off the board until the sixth, when Austin Wynns hit a two-run double. Jay Gonzalez had an RBI double an inning later to cut the lead to 7-3, but that was as close as they’d get.
Bowie had only six hits as a team, and nobody had more than one. Garabez Rosa went 1-4 on the day, dropping his average to a mere .343 on the year. Rosa has quietly had a great season, although part of why it’s been so quiet may have to do with the fact that Rosa is a 27-year-old playing in double-A for the fifth time.
Salem Red Sox 2, Frederick Keys 0
Cody Sedlock is probably the Orioles’ top pitching prospect, but he’s struggled mightily this year in Frederick. Today, he looked like more like the guy the O’s hoped they were getting. Sedlock struck out six in 5.2 innings and allowed just one earned run on three hits.
Naturally, he was rewarded with a loss. The Keys were only able to record five hits in the game and were kept off the board completely. Ademar Rifaela was the only Frederick player with multiple hits. He’s having a nice year so far, hitting .290 with an OPS just under .800. His full name is also Ademar Bertty Aloysius Rifaele, which is just excellent.
Ryan Mountcastle was 1-4 and Austin Hays was 0-3, which seems like it’s the first time he’s been held hitless in about a month. Both are still rocking OPS’s north of .900, and both are significantly younger than the average Carolina League player.
Delmarva Shorebirds 10, Hagerstown Suns 6
Delmarva was down 5-2 through five innings after a mediocre start from Jhon Peluffo (5 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K). This was Peluffo’s second start of the year after a great run of outings from the pen. Even after today, his ERA still sits at 2.43.
Once Hagerstown’s starter left the game, the Shorebirds offense went ballistic. Delmarva scored eight runs in the final four innings. Preston Palmeiro homered twice, in the sixth and ninth. Jake Ring homered in the ninth as well.
Chris Clare was 2-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Frank Crinella, a backup infielder for the Shorebirds, was 3-4 with two RBI.
Today’s matchups and probable starters
Pawtucket @ Norfolk, 7:05 PM (Tyler Wilson)
Erie @ Bowie, 6:35 PM (David Hess)
Frederick @ Salem, 7:05 PM (Brian Gonzalez)
Hickory @ Delmarva, 7:05 PM (Alex Wells)