Durham Bulls 5, Norfolk Tides 3
Norfolk lost by a pair of runs in a game where both teams had nine hits. But Norfolk made a late push, scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth, although it proved to be too little too late.
Donnie Hart actually started the game, throwing 2.1 perfect innings with four strikeouts. He was followed to the mound by scheduled starter Matt Wotherspoon, who took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
At the plate, Cedric Mullins went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk from the leadoff spot. DJ Stewart was also 1-for-4 with a double, leaving his triple slash line at .268/.367/.459 on the year. Pedro Alvarez and Drew Dosch were held hitless on the night, and Dosch added an error on a missed catch. Garabez Rosa was 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
Eerie SeaWolves 4, Bowie Baysox 3
Bowie lost a nail-biter against the Seawolves on Friday night. The score was tied at 3-3 from the fourth inning until the bottom of the seventh, when Eerie scored an unearned run off of Baysox reliever Reid Love to take the lead, which would hold up through the end of the game.
Christian Binford got the start for Bowie, taking a no-decision after pitching five innings of three-run ball with seven hits, zero walks and two strikeouts. Reid Love pitched two innings of relief, taking the hard luck loss after the aforementioned unearned run in the seventh.
On the offensive side, Jaycob Brugman went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and Ademar Rifaela went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ryan McKenna went hitless, leaving his batting average at .212 since his promotion to Double-A. Anthony Santander and Ryan Mountcastle each went 1-for-4 on the night.
Winston-Salem Dash 12, Frederick Keys 10
The Dash outlasted the Keys in a slugfest at Nymeo Field. Winston-Salem had an astonishing 23 hits in this game, compared to 14 for Frederick. Alex Wells took the loss, allowing seven runs in four innings on 12 hits and two walks. He is now 3-5 on the year with a 3.90 ERA.
There were home runs by second baseman Preston Palmeiro and shortstop Chris Clare and two home runs by first baseman Wilson Garcia. Randolph Gassaway was 3-for-4, bringing his average up to .294 and Jomar Reyes was 1-for-5, bringing his average down to .236.
Greensboro Grasshoppers 1, Delmarva Shorebirds 0
Delmarva got shut out on Friday night against Greensboro. Matthias Dietz took the hard luck loss after allowing a lone run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings. His record stands at 6-2 to go along with a 3.56 ERA.
Obviously, there wasn’t much going on at the dish for the Shorebirds on this particular night. Mason McCoy, Zach Jarrett, Trevor Craport, Jean Carrillo and Max Hogan managed one hit apiece. As a team, the Shorebirds struck out 13 times against Grasshopper pitching. Delmarva was 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and they left four men on base.
Lowell Spinners 4, Aberdeen Ironbirds 3 (Game 1)
Aberdeen lost a close one in seven innings. Luis Perez got the start and he did pretty well. Over the course of five innings he allowed one run on a solo home run while giving up three walks and registering two strikeouts. His ERA was 0.56 when he left the mound.
On offense, Adam Hall was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run, leaving his batting average at .255. Aberdeen managed 14 hits as a team but went 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position, leaving 13 men on base. Alexis Torres and Robbie Thorburn had three hits each, while J.C. Escarra and Doran Turchin had two hits each.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 9, Lowell Spinners 1 (Game 2)
In a makeup game for the postponement on June 28, the Ironbirds trounced the Spinners, scoring seven runs in the final inning, the seventh. This was an error filled game, as the Ironbirds had four and the Spinners had two.
Jimmy Murphy threw four innings for Aberdeen, allowing an unearned run on one hit with one walk and four strikeouts. Jose Diaz earned the win with two scoreless innings in relief. Six different Ironbirds had RBI in this game, including two for mid-game replacement J.C. Escarra. Robbie Thorburn went 2-for-2 as another mid-game replacement and Willy Yahn went 2-for-3 with a run, a walk and an RBI.
Saturday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk vs. Durham, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: Chris Tillman (0-0, -.--)
- Bowie at Eerie, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: TBD
- Frederick vs. Lynchburg, 6:00 PM ET. Starter: Lucas Humpal (2-7, 4.56 ERA)
- Delmarva at Lakewood, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: DL Hall (0-5, 3.43 ERA)
- Aberdeen at Lowell, 5:35 PM ET. Starter: TBD