Lehigh Valley 6, Norfolk 1
Tides starter Tyler Wilson wasn’t horrible, but he wasn’t good, either. He threw 6.0 IP, gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks, struck out just three and gave up a home run. You know what, scratch that, he was kind of horrible.
It ultimately didn’t matter, because unless he threw a shut-out, he wasn’t getting the win anyway. The Tides managed just the one run as just four Tides batters managed even one hit. None managed two. Lead-off hitter Chris Dickerson reached base twice on walks, but never scored. Chris Lee finished the last three innings pitching, giving up one run on three hits, no walks and two strikeouts.
Bowie 3, Reading 0
Yefry Ramirez pitched seven strong shut-out innings, allowing just two hits and four walks against six strikeouts. He lowered his season ERA to 3.27 with the effort. C Austin Wyns had a pretty good night, going 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs.
D.J. Stewart went hitless, but did draw two walks. Austin Hays went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, and Ryan Mountcastle went 1-for-4.
Frederick 9, Wilmington 2
The Keys had batting practice during the game, it seems, as seven of the starting nine reached base with at least one hit and had a 5-1 lead by the end of the second inning. Lead-off hitter Jay Gonzalez had quite the night, going 2-for-4 with two walks to reach base four times and score three times. Only Drew Turbin had a truly unproductive night at the plate, going 0-for-5, as Randolph Gassaway went hitless but did drive in a run.
Starter Matthew Grimes went just four innings, and didn’t qualify for the win. He threw 4.0 IP with just two hits, no runs and four strikeouts. Jefri Hernandez followed him in relief, and went 3.0 IP scoreless with four strikeouts of his own to earn the win.
Delmarva 1, Greensboro 0
It was definitely a team effort for the Shorebirds last night, as three pitchers combined for the shutout. Lucas Humpel had quite the start, going 6.0 IP with no runs, just four hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Francisco Jimenez and Jake Bray closed out the pitching. With Bray striking out the side in the 9th.
As you might expect given the score, there was much frustration in the batters’ box not just for Greensboro but the Shorebirds as well. Jake Ring scored the only run on a wild pitch in the 6th inning, and that was that.
Aberdeen 5, Brooklyn 0
Yet another shut-out for an Orioles affiliate. Maybe that light in the distance isn’t an oncoming train after all. Starter Michael Baumann threw 5.0 IP scoreless, followed up Nick Vespi with 4.0 IP scoreless of his own. The two combined for 15 strikeouts. Yes, you read that correctly - 15.
Ben Breazeale and Luke Ringhofer collected two hits each, and four different Iron Birds collected RBI. Eight of the nine IronBirds hitters collected either a hit, walk, or RBI, with Tristan Graham having the only truly futile night batting. Get ‘em next time, Tristan.
Today’s matchups and probable starters
Toledo @ Norfolk 7:05 (Mike Wright)
Erie @ Bowie (Tanner Scott)
Frederick @ Carolina (Cody Sedlock)
Delmarva @ Lakewood (Travis Seabrooke)
Aberdeen @ Brooklyn (TBD)