Gwinnett (Braves) 4, Norfolk 3
Chris Tillman continued his rehab struggles with another “meh” performance in the minors. The former “staff ace” of the Orioles allowed four runs through six innings in a losing effort. Tillman surrendered nine hits, walked two and did not record a strike out. He could have been pitching to contact, but not striking out a single triple-A hitter through six innings is a bit of a red flag.
Norfolk did make things interesting late in the game. After Pedro Alvarez plated Luis Sardinas in the first inning, the Tides did not score until picking up two more in the ninth. Sardinas knocked an RBI double to center, and DJ Stewart scored Sardinas with a single to cut the lead to one. Alvarez popped out with a runner in scoring position to end the game.
The come-back attempt was made possible by two scoreless innings from Francisco Jimenez. Alvarez finished 2-5, and his now hitting .311 in the minors. Former Oriole Xavier Avery finished 2-3 for Gwinnett. The outfield went 2-3 with a triple and a walk.
Harrisburg (Nationals) 8, Bowie 5
Bowie dropped a barn burner that did not lack in late inning action. After falling behind 4-0 early, Bowie trimmed the deficit to one in the bottom of the eighth. However, Harrisburg plated three in the ninth to clinch the victory.
Every Bowie batter recorded a hit, with the Baysox totaling 11 on the evening. Ryan Mountcastle and Ademar Rifaela both had multi-hit games. The Senators tagged Brian Gonzalez for four runs in 4.1 innings. Gonzalez walked three and surrendered eight hits. Matthew Grimes was the only of four Bowie pitcher to not allow a run, and he did not pitch a full inning.
Carolina (Brewers) 8, Frederick 2
Frederick managed only four hits in the road loss Friday night. Carolina scored six runs in the fourth-through-sixth innings to take control of the game. Catcher Yojhan Quevedo finished 2-4 with a double for the Keys. Frederick scored its only runs on a two-run double by Jake Ring in the seventh inning.
Hagerstown (Nationals) 1, Delmarva 0 (Final: 10 innings)
Delmarva did not allow a hit through the first nine frames. Unfortunately for the Shorebirds, they failed to score in those nine innings. Hagerstown started the 10th inning with a runner on second base per the minor league extra-inning rules. Alex Dunlap broke up the combined no-no with a bunt single, and the base runner advanced to third. The runner would eventually come around to score on a wild pitch to provide Hagerstown the lead. The bunt would be the Suns only hit of the game.
DL Hall threw 5.2 hitless innings for his longest start of the year. The Orioles 2017 first-round draft pick truck out seven and walked two batters. Alex Katz replaced Hall and proceeded to throw 3.2 hitless innings of his own with four strikeouts. Delmarva finished with only two hits of their own, and went down in order to end the game.
Aberdeen 2, Brooklyn (Mets) 1
Aberdeen used a two-run double to pick up a low-scoring victory in Brooklyn. Doran Turchin drove in two with a two-out double to left field, and that was all the IronBirds would need. Gary Fenter picked up his first win with six innings of one-run ball, and Ryan Conroy earned his first save with two shutout innings.
Today’s scheduled games
Norfolk vs. Durham, 7:05. Starter: Asher Wojciechowski (4-4, 4.13)
Bowie vs. Harrisburg, 7:05. Starter: TBD
Frederick at Carolina, 7:00. Starter: Zac Lowther (3-1, 1.67)
Delmarva vs. Hagerstown, 7:05. Starter: Jhon Peluffo (1-4, 7.85)