Norfolk Tides 1, Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees) 0
Cedric Mullins missed his second consecutive game with an illness. Feel better, Cedric! Without him, the Tides offense recorded eight hits but didn’t score until the bottom of the ninth inning when shortstop Luis Sardinas hit a walk-off solo home run to left field.
Best way to cap off a four-hit night? How bout a walk-off homer that puts your team into the Wild Card lead?— Norfolk Tides (@NorfolkTides) August 9, 2018
Well done, @thesardisardi! #Birdland #SeaTheGreen pic.twitter.com/CsMWMvJuSP
The dong was Sardinas’s fourth of the year. He had a four-hit night, adding three singles to the homer. Adrian Marin notched his eighth double of the season and a single of his own. Breyvic Valera and Ruben Tejada had a hit piece. Mike Yastrzemski, DJ Stewart and Chance Sisco went a combined 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts.
Josh Rogers made his third start with Norfolk since coming over in the Zach Britton trade and put together a mighty impressive performance against his former team. Over 7.1 innings, he struck out three, walked one, allowed four hits and kept the RailRiders off the board. It was Lucas Long that earned the win, however, with 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Bowie Baysox 13, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) 6
Keegan Akin did not have his most impressive statistical performance of the year, but he fought against a talented New Hampshire team that includes a group of the Blue Jays top prospects. Over six innings of work, the Baysox lefty allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits, two walks, a home run and six strikeouts. The Bowie bullpen was not great as Tanner Chleborad served up a solo homer in one inning and Matthew Grimes gave up one run as well in two innings to close things up, but they had so much support from the offense that it didn’t matter.
The Baysox bats had 18 hits as a group, and every starter earned at least one hit. Austin Hays returned to the Bowie lineup with two hits, including his fifth double. The Ryans, McKenna and Mountcastle, both had a single in five trips to the plate. Brett Cumberland, one of the pieces in the Kevin Gausman/Darren O’Day deal, hit his first homer as an Orioles farmhand. Aderlin Rodriguez stayed hot with a 3-for-4 performance, smacking his 16th double and 19th home run. Anderson Feliz had three hits himself and also hit a round-tripper. Finally, Craig Gentry had a nice rehab appearance, going 3-for-5 as the DH.
Potomac Nationals (Walgreens) 7, Frederick Keys 2
Righty Matthias Dietz has hit a rough patch, and it continued on Wednesday as he gave up six runs on five hits, three walks, two home runs and two strikeouts in just 4.1 innings. He has now allowed 15 earned runs in his last 16 innings pitched. The relievers did what they could. Matt Trowbridge was hit up for a run on three hits over 1.2 innings while Alex Katz tossed two scoreless frames.
Collin Woody led the offensive side of things with two hits, one of which was his eighth home run of the year. Daniel Fajardo also had two hits, both singles. T.J. Nichting hit his 22nd double of the season, and Wilson Garcia and Jake Ring both had a single apiece.
Rome Braves (Braves) 1, Delmarva Shorebirds 0
There was not a whole lot of offense for either team. The only hits for Delmarva came from Zach Jarrett, his 23rd double, and Ryan Ripken, a single. Kirvin Moesquit stole a base for the 42nd time. Jean Carlos Encarnacion, another piece of the Gausman/O’Day deal, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Second-round pick Cadyn Grenier continued to struggle (0-for-3, one strikeout) and is now hitting .176. Seamus Curran struck out three times.
The only run that scored for Rome came in on a throwing error by Encarnacion, the third baseman. The Shorebirds pitchers did their job. Brandon Bonilla tossed three scoreless innings. Ryan Wilson was on the mound for the run that scored, but did not allow any earned run in his four innings of work. And Nick Vespi had a perfect inning out of the ‘pen.
Vermont Lake Monsters (Athletics) 5, Aberdeen IronBirds 4
It only took two pitchers for the IronBirds to get through this game. Jimmy Murphy took the loss after six innings in which he gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Kevin Magee was impressive in three perfect innings while striking out four. Luke Ringhofer had a tough time behind the plate for them as made an error and had a passed ball.
Aberdeen out-hit Vermont 8-7. J.C. Escarra, Willy Yahn and Adam Hall all had two hits each, one single and one double. Robert Neustrom added his 10th double of the year. Alexis Torres also had a two-bagger, his seventh.
Box scores for all of the O’s minor league teams
- Tides at Scranton Wilkes-Barre, 12:05 p.m. ET, Starter: LHP John Means (5-3, 3.25 ERA)
- Baysox vs New Hampshire, 11:05 a.m. Starter: RHP Dean Kremer (3-0, 1.57 ERA)
- Keys at Potomac, 12:05 p.m. Starter: LHP Zac Lowther (3-2, 2.76 ERA)
- Shorebirds at Rome, 7 p.m. Starter: LHP D.L. Hall (2-6, 2.27 ERA)
- IronBirds vs Vermont, 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD