Gwinnett (Braves) 4, Norfolk Tides 3 (6 innings, rain)
The most exciting thing in this box score when I looked at it is that Chance Sisco participated in throwing out two runners. Hooray! Well, one of them appears to have been an ill-advised steal of home, but he also threw out a guy trying to steal third base. Any time there’s not like four stolen bases against Sisco is good.
As for the rest, meh. The Tides batters only got three hits in the six innings of the game. Of course, that was still enough time for starting pitcher Jordan Kipper to give up four runs, three earned.
Bowie Baysox - postponed, rain
Lynchburg (Indians) 7, Frederick Keys 6
The Keys rallied in the eighth inning with four runs to tie the game at 6-6 and then gave up the walkoff in the bottom of the ninth. Well, good job coming back.
Frederick actually out-hit the Hillcats 13-7, but they committed three errors that led to three unearned runs. Shortstop Ryan Mountcastle was 1-5 in the game, but the one hit was his 13th home run of the season. You can sign me up for as much homering as Mountcastle wants to do.
Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Lakewood (Phillies) 4
The Shorebirds, unlike the Keys, were on the right end of a ninth-inning rally, storming back from two runs down to win in a walkoff with a three-run ninth. Starting pitcher Matthias Dietz held the Blue Claws to two runs in six innings, scattering eight hits and a walk while striking out three batters. He had only thrown 73 pitches when he was lifted.
Aberdeen IronBirds 7, Connecticut (Tigers) 2
It was a party for a couple of 2015 high school draftees. The big star was first baseman Seamus Curran, who I remember mostly because I once read an article where he was referred to as a jolly lumberjack. Curran was 4-5 with a double and two runs driven in. Fellow 2015 draftee Jaylen Ferguson, who was 2-5, also with a double and a pair of RBI.
2016 sixth rounder Tobias Myers, also a high school draftee, joined the party with a five inning start in which he shut out the Tigers while holding them to two hits without walking a batter. Myers struck out eight Connecticut hitters and tossed just 72 pitches.
Saturday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: at Gwinnett, 6:05. Starter: TBD
- Bowie: at Erie, 7:05. Starter: Jesus Liranzo
- Frederick: at Lynchburg, 6:00. Starter: Brian Gonzalez
- Delmarva: vs. Lakewood, 7:05 (Fireworks!) Starter: Travis Seabrooke
- Aberdeen: at Staten Island, 7:00. Starter: A different TBD