Norfolk Tides 6, Toledo Mud Hens 3
The Tides offense bested Toledo, scoring three runs in the third and three more in the fifth. It was enough to hold off the Mud Hens, who were only able to scratch across single runs in three separate innings.
For Norfolk, Caleb Joseph went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and three RBI. He is hitting .296 since being sent down to the farm. Renato Nunez was 1-for-1 with four walks and two runs. Garabez Rosa had two hits and one RBI.
John Means got the start and the win for the Tides, pitching 5.1 innings with eight hits, two earned runs, one walk and four strikeouts. On the season, his ERA is 5.59. Chris Lee was wild in relief, allowing two hits, three walks and one earned run in 1.1 innings. Left-hander Joely Rodriguez pitched 1.2 innings with two strikeouts to earn his second save.
Binghamton Rumble Pines 6, Bowie Baysox 4
The Baysox fell behind early in this one and they were not able to recover. At the end of the second, it was 2-1 Binghamton, and by the end of the third, it was 6-1. Bowie chipped away a little bit, with single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh, but it was not enough.
Cedric Mullins went 2-for-5 with a run, an RBI and a steal (sixth of the season). On the year, his average sits at .296. It looks like Anthony Santander, who was 1-for-2, left the game early for some reason. Ademar Rifaela, who went hitless, shifted from left field to right field in place of Santander. Ryan Mountcastle went 1-for-4 with a home run, his second of the year, giving him his 12th RBI. His triple slash line sits at .304/.349/.446.
Brian Gonzalez had a poor start for the Tides, giving up six earned runs on seven hits in three innings. He had no walks and no strikeouts, and his ERA is an inflated 19.06. Reid Love pitched three scoreless innings in relief for Norfolk and Luis Ysla tacked on two more scoreless at the end.
Down East Wood Ducks 4, Frederick Keys 2
It was a close one last night at Grainger Stadium. The Keys were playing from behind for the first six innings until they tied it at two in the seventh. But the Wood Ducks responded one inning later, scoring two runs in the eighth to take the final lead of the night.
Jomar Reyes provided the lone offense for the Keys, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a two-run home run. But he also had a costly error that led to an unearned run. He has 12 errors in 38 games this season, which comes out to an .874 fielding percentage.
Michael Baumann had a decent start for Frederick. He went 5.2 innings, allowing four hits, two runs (one earned), three walks and six strikeouts. After this start, his ERA is a pristine 1.42.
Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Lakewood Blue Claws 0
The Shorebirds spun a shutout between two pitchers, including a dominant performance by Matthias Dietz. And the offense was able to muster enough runs to make the pitching effort hold up.
Shortstop Mason McCoy was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run. Second baseman Kirvin Moesquit went 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk and a run. He is hitting .282 on the year. Three players had RBI in the game: center fielder Zach Jarrett, third baseman Trevor Craport, and catcher Jean Carrillo.
Dietz pitched seven shutout innings and got the win, improving to 5-1 on the year. He allowed three hits, zero walks, and punched out seven batters. In 42.2 innings this season, Dietz has allowed 33 hits, 13 earned runs, 19 walks and 48 strikeouts. His has a .216 BAA, 1.22 WHIP and only one home run allowed on the year.
Saturday’s Scheduled Games
Norfolk vs. Toledo, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: Asher Wojciechowski (2-1, 3.94)
Bowie vs. Binghamton, 6:05 PM ET. Starter: Hunter Harvey (1-1, 4.62)
Frederick vs. Down East, 6:00 PM ET. Starter: Ofelky Peralta (1-4, 6.27)
Delmarva vs. Lakewood, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: Brenan Hanifee (4-1, 2.22)