Norfolk Tides 4, Durham (Rays) 2
Whenever I look at a Norfolk box score, the first name I look for is Chance Sisco. This was a good game for the Orioles top prospect, as he went 3-4, picking up a double and an RBI in the game. Maybe even better is that Sisco threw out one of the two runners who tried to steal a base on him in the game.
Starting pitcher Jayson Aquino was lifted after only 2.2 innings and I’m not quite sure why, as he’d thrown only 55 pitches, though he had given up three hits and three walks in that time. Maybe pulling him up short to keep him available for a call-up to Baltimore in a day or two? Though of course he wasn’t super sharp. Then again, nobody else is.
Bowie Baysox 11, Akron (Indians) 0
This is about as good as it gets for a prospect roundup, as several of the more promising Bowie prospects all had excellent nights on the way to a blowout victory for the club. Outfield sensation Austin Hays started things off with a three-run home run in the first inning, part of a 2-4 night. That’s already Hays’s third home run for Bowie since getting promoted.
Fellow outfield prospects D.J. Stewart and Cedric Mullins had great games as well: Stewart was 3-5 and hit his ninth homer of the season, while Mullins was 3-5 with a pair of doubles. That’s what I like to see.
Credit to starting pitcher John Means for blanking the RubberDucks for eight innings, holding them to just six hits and two walks in that time.
Frederick Keys 9, Lynchburg (Indians) 7 (10 innings)
This was a wild one, as the Hillcats scored two runs in the top of the tenth inning and the Keys still went ahead and won it on a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the inning. Shane Hoelscher delivered the walkoff salami.
The Keys were able to win the game despite committing four errors. Thankfully, none of them were committed by shortstop Ryan Mountcastle, who was 1-4 and also drew a walk in the game. Starting pitcher Reid Love held Lynchburg to three runs, two earned, in five innings, striking out five batters while giving up five hits and a walk.
Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Kannapolis (White Sox) 2 (12 innings)
It took until the 12th inning for the Shorebirds to get the edge. Chris Clare, Alejandro Juvier, and Ryan McKenna, all of whom had two hits in the ballgame, were involved in the two run rally in the 12th inning. Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael, was 1-3 and walked three times in the game.
Aberdeen IronBirds 9, Hudson Valley (Rays) 4
The IronBirds came to life late in this game, scoring eight of their nine runs in the last three innings of the game to pull ahead and take this game from the Renegades.
Stock car racing scion Zach Jarrett was 3-4 for the IronBirds in the game and scored three of their runs. Fellow 2017 draftee T.J Nichting was 2-4 and also scored a pair of runs, while jolly lumberjack Seamus Curran hit a triple and drove in three runs.
Sunday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: vs. Durham, 4:05. Starter: Gabriel Ynoa
- Bowie: at Akron, 2:05 (doubleheader). Starters: David Hess, Tanner Scott
- Frederick: vs. Lynchburg, 6:00. Starter: Keegan Akin
- Delmarva: at Kannapolis, 5:05. Starter: Zach Muckenhirn
- Aberdeen: at Hudson Valley, 5:05. Starter: Nick Vespi