Durham Bulls 2, Norfolk Tides 1
Not much to say about the effort from the Norfolk offense here as the Tides scattered just six hits over nine innings. Francisco Peña and Drew Dosch were the only Tides with extra-base hits — both doubles — with Dosch’s coming as a part of a 2-3 night. Luis Sardinas singled twice on Thursday night.
Alec Asher worked into the sixth inning, allowing five hits and two earned runs. Matt Wotherspoon, acquired in a trade with the Yankees on July 2nd, tossed 1.2 scoreless innings.
Bowie Baysox 4, Altoona Curve 3
It was an average night for David Hess, Bowie’s starter. He worked 5.1 innings, striking out six batters and allowing seven hits and three runs (all earned). On the season, Hess has a 4.36 ERA.
The Baysox, too, only collected six hits on the night, but this was a case of timely hitting winning a ballgame. Mike Yastrzemski doubled, Stephen Wilkerson hit a HR, Garabez Rosa drove in an RBI on a single and Austin Hays went 1-4 with an RBI. Nothing flashy, just a solid win at double-A.
Buies Creek Astros 6, Frederick Keys 5
Keegan Akin got the start for Frederick on Thursday night, forced out of the game a bit earlier than he might’ve liked due to apparent command issues. He allowed five free passes in this game, surrendering three earned runs over four innings of work. He’s really turned it on as of late — hopefully this night is a mere bump in the road.
Ryan Mountcastle stole the show in terms of offensive production -- he went 5-5 from the cleanup spot, singling four times and picking up his 34th double of the season. One of the Orioles’ top prospects, he’s now hitting .321 on the season. Ricardo Andujar went 2-4 with a double.
Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Lexington Legends 6 (20th inning)
You didn’t misread that. This game is tied after 20 innings and will be resumed today. This is not a joke. You can probably guess that a whole lot happened, and if you want to see every detail, you can find more info on the game here.
So far, Cole Billingsley is 3-10 with a double, Collin Woody has hit both a double and a triple and neither team has scored in 11 innings. Baseball is a strange sport sometimes, folks.
Delmarva starter Zach Muckenhirn fanned six batters over five innings, but allowed five runs (three earned). He was relieved by Francisco Jimenez, who tossed three innings of one-run ball and struck out four. More pitchers pitched, but you should go check out the box score to get the full effect of just how wild this one has been.
Auburn Doubledays 8, Aberdeen Ironbirds 7
Ironbirds starter Hector Guance appeared to have a good start brewing, that is until he began what would turn out to be a seven-run inning for Auburn in the third. The right-hander didn’t make it out of the frame, overall tossing 2.2 innings with three walks and six earned runs allowed.
Everyone in Aberdeen’s lineup decided to chip in to give Aberdeen a fighting chance in this one. Catcher Jean Carrillo doubled twice, DH Ben Breazeale went 2-5 with three RBI and Ryan Ripken collected a pair of singles to boost his season batting average to .281. Leadoff man Kirvin Moesquit also singled twice, scoring three times for Aberdeen.
Norfolk vs. Durham, 7:05. Starter: Jayson Aquino
Bowie at Altoona, 7:00. Starter: John Means
Frederick at Buies Creek, 7:00. Starter: Cristian Alvarado
Delmarva vs. Lexington, 7:05. Starter: Matthias Dietz
Aberdeen vs. Connecticut, 7:05. Starter: TBD