New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Bowie Baysox 0
The Baysox offense might not have contributed much in this game, but starter David Hess certainly did his job on Thursday. He went seven innings, allowing just one earned run and scattering five hits. He struck out five, a solid performance that lowered his season ERA to 4.23.
Garabez Rosa was the only hitter in the lineup with an extra-base hit (a double) — Austin Hays, Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Wynns all went 1-4 with a single. Hays contributed an outfield assist, a bonus on an otherwise uneventful night.
Wilmington Blue Rocks 3, Frederick Keys 2
Cody Sedlock went 4.1 innings in this start, allowing six hits and just one run. He struck out just one Wilmington batter, but it was a fine outing over 53 pitches. Remember, he’s being gradually worked back into action following the elbow issue that crept up earlier in the year.
Yermin Mercedes (2016 minors recaps MVP) was 2-3 with a pair of singles and a walk. After several promotions, this lineup isn’t exactly loaded with prospects. The two most noteworthy names, Ademar Rifaela and Randolph Gassaway, combined for an 0-7.
West Virginia Power 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 4
Delmarva starter Jhon Peluffo lasted six full on Thursday, but a four-run third inning didn’t help his final line — 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER. Nonetheless, he struck out six and walked just one batter, combining for an overall very average night of work. Just turning 20, Peluffo and his 3.66 season ERA shouldn’t be ignored as the offseason approaches.
It was quite the night for outfielder Ryan McKenna, who doubled and hit his fourth home run of the season. Preston Palmiero went 2-3 with a pair of RBI, while shortstop Milton Ramos reached base all three times he made it to the dish with two singles and a walk.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 7, Staten Island Yankees 5
19-year-old Brenan Hanifee continues to put up encouraging numbers, this time in a six-inning start in which he allowed just a pair of earned runs. Through 45.1 innings on the season, he’s posted a 2.18 ERA. To be sure, any positive performance from young pitching is welcome. A good start here.
Multiple members of the Aberdeen lineup contributed in a big way on Thursday, including third baseman Trevor Craport who went 3-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. T.J. Nitching also collected a pair of doubles, while nine-hole hitter Zach Jarrett hit her first home run of the season.
With the win, Aberdeen moves to 25-18 on the year.
Norfolk vs. Durham, 7:05. Starter: Alec Asher
Bowie at Portland, 7:00. Starter: Jesus Liranzo
Frederick at Wilmington, 7:05. Starter: Keegan Akin
Delmarva at West Virginia, 7:05. Starter: Alex Wells
Aberdeen at Staten Island, 7:00. Starter: TBD