Norfolk Tides 2, Charlotte Knights 0 (Game 1)
There were just six total hits in this one, so not much excitement in terms of offensive production. However if you happen to love reading about pitchers who performed well, you’re in luck. Gabriel Ynoa tossed six scoreless, allowing just a pair of hits and a pair of walks on the afternoon.
J.J. Hardy (remember him?) went 1-2 with an RBI and a double while Chance Sisco and Logan Schafer both went 1-2 with an RBI.
Norfolk Tides 5, Charlotte Knights 3 (Game 2)
The Tides gathered a bit more offense in this one to allow Jimmy Yacabonis to enter in the top of the seventh to capture his 11th save on the season. His 1.37 August ERA is looking mighty impressive to be sure.
Luis Sardinas doubled twice and scored a run, while Pedro Alvarez collected his 28th double on the year and Chris Johnson punched one over the fence for the ninth time in 2017. In total, six of the eight Norfolk hits in the second game of the twin-bill were of the extra-base variety. A good way to end a 14-inning day.
Altoona Curve 2, Bowie Baysox 1
The final score wasn’t positive, but it was yet another good outing for starter Lucas Long. He threw seven innings of two-run ball, scattering six hits and lowering his season ERA to 2.75. Despite the fact that he’ll be 25 this offseason, Long is doing everything he can to boost expectations heading into next spring — something most definitely worth watching.
Not a whole lot of good things on offense for Bowie on Thursday as only Stephen Wilkerson collected a hit for extra-bases, a double. The game’s lone RBI went to Erick Salcedo on a single in the third.
Frederick Keys 5, Wilmington Blue Rocks 3
Back to winning here with a lovely performance from Reid Love, whose 3.44 season ERA shines a bit as well. He worked into the eighth inning, allowing just one earned run. This is back-to-back strong seasons for the former ECU standout, so he’ll be another name to at least track as next season rolls around.
A lot of singles in this one — 11 of the 12 hits to be exact — as multiple members of the lineup came up big. Yermin Mercedes (2-4, 2 RBI), Jomar Reyes (3-4, run) and Jay Gonzalez (2-3, RBI) all fall into that category and were major keys to success (two bad puns in one recap... sorry; it’s late).
Hickory Crawdads 6, Delmarva Shorebirds 0
The final score says it all.
Shorebirds starter Travis Seabrooke threw seven innings and allowed just three earned, so it wasn’t exactly all bad news. But six hits for the Delmarva offense just wouldn’t cut it on Thursday.
A good takeaway? Ryan McKenna hit his third triple of the season in the losing effort.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 3, Staten Island Yankees 0
The Orioles beating the Yankees feels like a good way to end an O’s minor-league recap — thanks for the Ironbirds for making that happen.
Starter Cameron Ming (14th rounder this year out of Arizona) scattered six hits and threw five total scoreless to keep Aberdeen in the driver’s seat early. The team had just five hits, but Garrett Copeland’s early RBI single ended up being enough here.
Norfolk at Durham, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Jason Wheeler
Bowie at Altoona, 6:00 p.m. Starter: David Hess
Frederick at Potomac (DH), 5:00 p.m. Starters: Cristian Alvarado, TBD.
Delmarva vs. Charleston, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Matthias Dietz
Aberdeen at Vermont, 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD