Norfolk Tides 6, Pawtucket (Red Sox) 4
The Tides trailed by two runs heading into the ninth inning but then they loaded the bases and displaced big league slugger Pedro Alvarez socked a grand slam to put them ahead. It was Alvarez’s 21st homer of the season for Norfolk. He was 3-5 for the game.
Catcher Chance Sisco was 1-4 and also drew a walk in the contest. The PawSox did not challenge him on the basepaths at any point.
You know how every time an Orioles starter stinks and you look down at the minor leagues and nobody is distinguishing himself even a tiny bit? Chris Lee had one of those outings in this game: Four runs, three earned in just 4.1 innings. That’s not getting you to the big leagues, not even with this starting rotation
Bowie Baysox 5, Altoona (Phillies) 2
Your favorite outfield prospect and mine, Austin Hays, has done it again. The Baysox outfielder homered for a second consecutive game, now giving him eight home runs in 27 Double-A games and if you count his Frederick home runs, 24 for the season. In addition to the homer, Hays had a three hit night and is now batting .330. Nice. Fellow outfielder DJ Stewart also homered in the contest, his 12th of the season.
Hard-throwing lefty Tanner Scott had another one of his planned three inning starts in the game. It was a very Tanner Scott kind of game. He struck out five and allowed just one hit, but also walked three batters. That’s 38 walks in 55.2 innings for Scott this season and if you’re wondering why he’s not in Baltimore yet, there’s your answer.
Frederick Keys - postponed, rain
Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Rome (Braves) 4
The Shorebirds grabbed runs in five of the nine innings of the game, which is certainly a good way to win. Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael, hit a solo home run for his 12th of the season. Leadoff man Cole Billingsley delivered three of the 11 Delmarva hits.
Starter Jhon Peluffo only threw 61 pitches in five-plus innings. He was lifted after allowing back-to-back singles to start the sixth inning and both of those runners came in to score. Before that, he had held the Braves to just three hits in five innings and issued no walks, although he only had one strikeout. Peluffo, a 20-year-old Colombian prospect, has a 3.54 ERA in 73.2 innings for the Shorebirds this season.
Vermont (Athletics) 11, Aberdeen IronBirds 2
Two errors led to five unearned runs scoring against Aberdeen pitchers, but it’s not like they would have been winning the game even without those runs. They were just 1-9 with runners in scoring position in the game.
Complete box scores from Saturday’s games, including the adventures of the GCL and DSL Orioles affiliates, can be found here.
Sunday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: at Pawtucket, 1:35. Starter: Alec Asher
- Bowie: vs. Altoona, 2:05. Starter: David Hess
- Frederick: vs. Wilmington, 1:00 (doubleheader). Starters: Brian Gonzalez, Ofelky Peralta
- Delmarva: at Rome, 2:00. Starter: Alex Wells
- Aberdeen: at Brooklyn, 4:00. Starter: TBD