Pawtucket (Red Sox) 9, Norfolk Tides 6
Victory was snatched away from the Tides Thursday, as Pawtucket scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the ninth, then got a tie-breaking home run from Bryce Brentz as part of three runs in the 10th to take the win.
Mason Williams certainly did what he could to give the Tides a “W.” The left fielder went 3-for-5 with a home run, his fifth, and three RBI. Anthony Santander also went yard for the Tides for his fourth homer, while 23rd-ranked prospect D.J. Stewart had a double.
Tyler Herb struggled to the tune of five runs allowed in three innings, but Matt Wotherspoon turned in an excellent relief outing with four scoreless, one-hit frames.
Frederick Keys 3, Potomac (Nationals) 0
It didn’t matter who got the ball for the Keys Thursday night. Everyone was getting the job done.
Dean Kremer got the start and went 3.2 innings, Luis Perez pitched the next 1.1 to get the win, and No. 3 prospect DL Hall tossed the final four while striking out eight to finish the shutout. It was a nice bounce-back for Hall, who allowed four runs in 3.1 innings in his last time out.
The Keys managed only five hits, but when you make them count, five hits are more than enough. Willy Yahn’s and Jake Ring’s left the yard, their third and fourth, respectively.
Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Greensboro (Pirates) 2
Maybe the Shorebirds, now 25-5, should be collectively called up to play nightly in Baltimore. Grayson Rodriguez is certainly pitching like someone who could be there soon enough.
Rodriguez struck out eight and allowed three hits and one run in 5.2 innings to improve to 4-0. If you want some reasons for optimism in this challenging 2019 season, consider the 19-year-old righty. Rodriguez was the 11th overall pick in last year’s draft, and the early returns have been encouraging.
Another high-ranking prospect, No. 9 Cadyn Grenier, had a big game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with his second home run of the season and three RBI. On a lesser note, Adam Hall went 0-for-4, is 1-for-19 over his last five games, and has seen his average fall from .360 to .306.
Box scores from Thursday’s games can be found here.