Durham Bulls 3, Norfolk Tides 2 (Game One)
In his fifth start for the Norfolk Tides, right-hander Luis Ortiz contained the Bulls for 5.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He now has a 3.04 ERA. But Ortiz missed out on the win after reliever Evan Phillips surrendered a pair of runs in the eighth to take the loss.
The Tides’ offense fell short in this one, going 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and leaving six men on base. They had one walk and 13 strikeouts on the night. Norfolk’s only offense came on a pair of home runs.
Chance Sisco went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the second inning and a walk, while Breyvic Valera went 1-for-4 with a solo home run as well. DJ Stewart was 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
Durham Bulls 3, Norfolk Tides 1 (Game Two)
Norfolk’s offense was even worse in this game than they were in game one, managing to score only one run on five hits. Plus, Norfolk’s defense didn’t do the pitching staff any favors, committing three errors over the course of the game.
The Tides’ hits came courtesy of Mike Yastrzemski, Chance Sisco, Drew Dosch, Jaycob Brugman and Ruben Tejada. Sisco and Breyvic Valera each had a walk as well, while Tejada had the team’s lone RBI.
Tides starter John Means went six innings while allowing three runs, eight hits, three strikeouts and one home run. His ERA stood at 3.48 when he departed the game. Andrew Faulkner and Cody Carroll each turned in a scoreless inning in relief.
Altoona Curve 9, Bowie Baysox 5
Bowie managed five runs on 11 hits, but it was not enough to overcome Altoona on Friday night. In fact, the game was tied at four going into the top of the 11th when Altoona scored five runs off of left-hander Chris Lee, who wasn’t able to get a single out in the inning.
Dean Kremer started for the Baysox and pitched fairly well. He allowed three runs in six innings with six hits, two walks and an impressive 10 strikeouts. His ERA stands at 2.58 on the year.
On offense, Ryan Mountcastle went 3-for-6 with an RBI, raising his average to .297. Yusniel Diaz was 1-for-6, but that one hit was a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Second baseman Rylan Bannon was 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and a run scored, bringing his batting average to .204.
Frederick Keys vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans: Postponed
Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Lakewood BlueClaws 1
The Shorebirds broke free of a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth by scoring a pair of runs to defeat the BlueClaws. Delmarva hitters had six walks versus 11 strikeouts against Lakewood pitching.
Center fielder Kirvin Moesquit was 2-for-4 with the team’s only two RBI on the night. The Shorebirds third run scored on a wild pitch. First baseman Seamus Curran was 0-for-2, but he had two walks and two runs scored. Second baseman Brandon Becker was 2-for-4 with a walk.
Shorebirds starter DL Hall continued his string of dominance, pitching five scoreless innings with two hits, two walks and five strikeouts. He has allowed one run or fewer in his last 13 outings. On the year, he has a 2.10 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 100 strikeouts in 94.1 innings.
Aberdeen Ironbirds vs. Connecticut Tigers: Postponed
Complete box scores can be viewed here.
Saturday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk at Durham, 6:35 PM ET. Starter: TBD
- Bowie vs. Altoona, 6:35 PM ET. Starter: TBD
- Frederick vs. Myrtle Beach, Game One, 6:00 PM ET. Starter: Zac Lowther (5-3, 2.67 ERA)
- Frederick vs. Myrtle Beach, Game Two. Starter: Cody Sedlock (0-2, 10.05 ERA)
- Delmarva at Lakewood, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: John Peluffo (4-6, 5.54 ERA)
- Aberdeen at Hudson Valley, 6:05 PM ET. Starter: TBD