Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers) 8, Norfolk Tides 3
The Tides’ offense was held to just five hits, three of which were by third baseman Drew Dosch, who contributed an RBI single. I’ll continue to campaign for Dosch to get a major league call-up until there’s reason not to. Cedric Mullins added an RBI double, though he’s still hitting just .156 since his promotion to Norfolk.
On the mound, it was a mediocre day for starter Tim Melville (five innings, four earned runs) and a terrible one for lefty D.J. Snelten, who was blistered for four runs in the seventh inning. It was Snelten’s second appearance with the Tides since the O’s claimed him on waivers June 4.
The Tides’ other lefty relievers fared much better. Andrew Faulkner worked a scoreless frame, lowering his ERA to 2.63, and Tanner Scott tossed a goose egg in his first outing since the O’s demoted him back to the minors.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) 7, Bowie Baysox 5
Poor Armando Araiza. The Baysox catcher was left flummoxed as the Fisher Cats ran wild for seven stolen bases without being caught. Araiza also committed a throwing error and went 0-for-4 at the plate. If Armando has ever had a worse game in his professional career, I shudder to hear about it.
New Hampshire tallied all seven runs against starter Jayson Aquino, who lasted just 3.2 innings and gave up 10 hits. His ERA at Double-A is 5.61. Wasn’t it just last year that Aquino was getting spot starts in the majors? What happened? Two sons of former big leaguers, Bo Bichette (son of Dante) and Cavan Biggio (son of Craig), collected two RBIs apiece for the Fisher Cats. Bichette also had three stolen bases.
Aderlin Rodriguez notched a 3-for-3 day for the Baysox, hitting his fourth homer. Anthony Santander went 2-for-4, while Ryan Mountcastle took an 0-for-2 but chipped in with a sac fly.
Frederick Keys 2, Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals) 1 (5 innings)
With rain bearing down on Wilmington, the Keys took the lead just in the nick of time, scoring two runs in the top of the fifth. The game was delayed, and later called, at the end of the fifth, giving Frederick the win.
The Keys’ most interesting prospect, Ryan McKenna, drove in the tying run with a single and scored the game-winner on a Preston Palmeiro double. McKenna is hitting .367. Methinks he won’t be in Frederick much longer.
Ofelky Peralta twirled the five-inning complete game, allowing his only run on a wild pitch. He walked three and struck out four, lowering his ERA to 6.11.
Hagerstown Suns (Nationals) 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 3 (11 innings)
The Shorebirds’ freefall continued with an extra-inning loss, dropping them to 3-12 in their last 15 games. With Delmarva leading 2-1 in the ninth, Nick Vespi allowed a run to send the game to extras. Then Ryan Ripken had an inning to forget in the 11th. The Hall of Famer’s son committed errors on back-to-back plays, handing Hagerstown a pair of runs. Gray Fenter was the losing pitcher despite allowing zero earned runs.
Starter DL Hall, the Orioles’ first overall pick in the 2017 draft, worked three scoreless innings, with two hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. His ERA is 3.93. Left-hander Max Knutson, a 2016 twelfth-round pick, made his Shorebirds debut with two shutout innings.
Monday’s scheduled games
- Norfolk vs. Gwinnett, doubleheader, Game 1 at 5:05 PM. Game 1 starter: John Means (1-1, 5.21); Game 2 starter: TBD
- Bowie: OFF
- Frederick vs. Lynchburg, 7:00 PM. Starter: Alex Wells (3-4, 3.99)
- Delmarva at Kannapolis, 7:05 PM. Starter: Jhon Peluffo (0-1, 10.13)