Charlotte (White Sox) 6, Norfolk Tides 3
Starter Brandon Barker got his first taste of Triple-A with the O's organization as a presumably emergency fill-in starter. He needed just 77 pitches to get through five innings, with one unearned run scoring across four hits and one walk allowed. Barker struck out six batters.
The bullpen melted down in the eighth inning as two relievers combined to allow five runs to send the Tides into the loss column to close out their season.
Richmond (Giants) 4, Bowie Baysox 3
This is not the end of the road for Bowie, as they have qualified for the Eastern League playoffs. They tied the game in the top of the eighth only to fall behind again in the bottom of the inning.
Season-long top performer Austin Hays hit his 16th Bowie home run in the game and drove in all three Baysox runs. Hays combined for 32 home runs between Bowie and Frederick this year. Third baseman Ryan Mountcastle ended the regular season well with a 2-5 day that included a double.
Potomac (Walgreens) 5, Frederick Keys 3
The Keys are also headed to their playoffs.
Starter Ofelky Peralta pitched the standard command-challenged Orioles prospect planned start of three innings, holding the P-Nats to two hits while issuing just one walk - a big victory for him. Peralta struck out four. Those who came after him had worse command, with the next two relievers combining to walk seven batters in 2.1 innings, allowing five runs. Oops.
Jomar Reyes closed out the regular season with a 2-4 game that included his fourth homer of the year. Carolina League MVP Ademar Rifaela was 1-2 and reached base twice more on a walk and a hit by pitch.
West Virginia (Pirates) 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 3
Rehabbing prospect Hunter Harvey closed out the regular season with a start in Delmarva, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in three innings while striking out five. If he ends the year on the road back to good health, which he seems to have done, I guess that's a victory.
The Shorebirds offense had eight hits but never drew any walks, so they had a hard time sustaining scoring chances. Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael, was 2-4 in the contest.
Staten Island (Yankees) 10, Aberdeen IronBirds 9
A whole lot of action here, especially considering IronBirds starter Cameron Ming allowed just two runs in five innings of work. The teams combined for 25 hits.
Aberdeen, on top of having ten of the hits, also drew eight walks and had one batter hit by a pitch. They stole four bases in the game. Despite this, they only mustered a 5-18 with RISP, so in the end, missed chances and a series of problem relievers did them in by game's end.
They have another three games still to play. As far as I can tell, their "tragic number" is just 1, so they have to run the table to make it. Luckily for them, their final two games are against Hudson Valley, who is ahead of them in that playoff chase.
Complete box scores from the Labor Day action can be found here.
Tuesday's Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: Season over
- Bowie: OFF. Next game: Wednesday vs. Altoona (Game 1 of Best of 5)
- Frederick: OFF. Next game: Wednesday vs. Lynchburg (Game 1 of Best of 5)
- Delmarva: Season over
- Aberdeen: vs. Staten Island, 7:05. Starter: TBD