Durham Bulls 4, Norfolk Tides 3
The Tides drop a tough one here, but it was a great night for starter Yefry Ramirez. He tossed 6.2 innings of two-run baseball, walking none and striking out eight Bulls batters. He didn’t get the loss and certainly didn’t deserve it with those numbers.
The offense scattered eight hits but was able to get four of the extra-base variety. D.J. Stewart and Drew Dosch both tallied doubles, while Joey Rickard hit a two-out solo home run in the top of the first to boost his Norfolk batting average to .299.
Bowie Baysox 7, Hartford Yard Goats 6
Another game, another plus outing from a starter. The Bowie bullpen really struggled down the stretch and almost gave this game away, but John Means fortunately didn’t have his solid start wasted. He went seven strong innings, allowing just two runs and striking out six to get his season ERA down to 4.50.
Austin Hays had a good night here, going 2-4 with his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth. Cedric Mullins picked up his third triple of the season in the leadoff spot, while Ryan Mountcastle (3-4, RBI) and Aderlin Rodriguez (three-run HR) provided the sparks to help Bowie move to 16-16 on the season.
Potomac Nationals 14, Frederick Keys 3
Yeah, this one didn’t go so well. The Nationals scored 10 runs over the last four innings in a game that the Keys might want to erase from memory. Jhon Peluffo allowed four earned, while Francisco Jimenez surrendered six hits and six earned runs out of the bullpen. Not exactly what you’re looking for.
It was a quiet night for the offense aside from Wilson Garcia’s performance. He went 3-4 with a double and a solo home run and is now hitting .323 through eight games with Frederick.
Delmarva Shorebirds 9, Lexington Legends 5
A good night from Matthias Dietz here, allowing just one run over five innings of work. He struck out eight and got his season ERA down to 3.94. He needs a big year — here’s hoping this could be the start that catapults that success.
There was a lot going on for the Shorebirds offense on Thursday. Among the notable performances: Mason McCoy (2-4, double, walk), Ben Breazeale (3-5, HR, double) and Zach Jarrett (3-5, three singles). Ryan Ripken also doubled, while T.J. Nichting collected three hits of his own in the three-hole.
Today’s scheduled games
Norfolk at Gwinnett, 7:05. Starter: Tim Melville
Bowie vs. Hartford, 7:05. Starter: Keegan Akin
Frederick vs. Potomac, 7:00. Starter: Alex Wells
Delmarva at Lexington, 7:05. Starter: Brenan Hanifee