Norfolk Tides 8, Charlotte (White Sox) 2 (weather ended in bottom 9th)
Mike Wright didn’t get called up on September 1, but that’s only because the Orioles weren’t allowed to call him up since he got optioned within the past 10 days. He blanked the Knights across seven innings, holding them to just four hits while striking out nine batters. Good stuff. He’ll be back soon.
Meanwhile, Tides hitters were capitalizing against the Knights. Norfolk combined for 16 hits. David Washington, Ruben Tejada, and Francisco Pena all had three hits apiece.
Bowie Baysox - Postponed, rain
Frederick Keys 3, Potomac (Walgreens) 2
The Keys still have a chance to make the High-A playoffs despite a 66-70 overall record, thanks to their second half record being good enough to maybe make it. A walkoff win like this helps. Frederick scored two early runs and then didn’t get another until they loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth and walked it off with a fielder’s choice. A win is a win! Their magic number to clinch a spot in the postseason is now 1.
Newly-minted Carolina League MVP Ademar Rifaela was 2-4 in the game, hitting a double and also drawing a walk. Glynn Davis and Ricardo Andujar also had multi-hit games for the Keys, who collected 10 hits in total.
West Virginia (Pirates) 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 3
The Shorebirds only got five hits in the game and scored two of their three runs in the ninth inning. They had the tying run on base when the game ended. The Shorebirds 5-9 hitters did not safely reach base in the game.
It was a three run seventh inning that did the Shorebirds in. Starting pitcher Matthias Dietz had gone six innings with a low pitch count and only one run allowed, so he stayed on. A walk and two singles later and Dietz’s night was done. Two inherited runners scored and were charged to Dietz, giving him a final line of four runs allowed on eight hits and two walks in six-plus innings.
Aberdeen IronBirds 5, Tri-City (Astros) 4
Aberdeen was behind 2-0, scored three in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead, fell behind 4-3, then scored two in the ninth on a clutch home run by right fielder Zach Jarrett of the NASCAR Jarretts and held on to win it. The homer was just his second of the season. Ryan Ripken, nephew of Billy, was 2-3 in the game and also drew a walk.
The IronBirds were set up with a decent chance to win thanks to starting pitcher Brenan Hanifee, who limited the ValleyCats to two runs on five hits and two walks in six innings of work. Hanifee ends his season with a 2.75 ERA in 12 starts. Not bad for the 19-year-old. Full season ball surely awaits next season.
Complete box scores from Friday’s games, including a doubleheader played by the GCL Orioles, can be found here.
Saturday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: at Charlotte, 8:35. Starter: TBD
- Bowie: at Richmond, 6:05. Starter: Yefry Ramirez
- Frederick: vs. Potomac, 6:00. Starter: Matthew Grimes
- Delmarva: vs. West Virginia, 7:05. Starter: Max MacNabb
- Aberdeen: at Tri-City, 7:00. Starter: A different TBD