Durham (Rays) 9, Norfolk Tides 5
A 5-4 game turned in the Bulls’ favor when Durham scored two runs in the fifth and then two more in the sixth to take a 9-4 lead.
It was a tough game team-wise, but there were a few highlights. Cedric Mullins hit his third home run, a solo shot in the ninth inning, and outfielder DJ Stewart went 2-for-3 and is now batting .307. Ryan Mountcastle went 2-for-5 and his hitting .324 in Triple-A.
Pitching-wise, it was a tough night. Luis Ortiz (four innings, five runs) struggled out of the gate, and Sean Gilmartin fared no better in his relief, allowing three earned runs in 1.2 innings.
Frederick Keys 8, Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 7, 11 inn.
The Keys climbed over .500 at 23-22, and they picked a dramatic way to do it.
Zach Jarrett hit a game-tying three-run home run with one out in the ninth, and then Jomar Reyes brought in Cole Billingsley with a ground-rule double in the 11th to lift the the Keys to the come-from-behind victory in a game that featured a great start from DL Hall.
Reyes went 3-for-6 and Jarrett went 2-for-5 with three RBI, but there were a few offensive standouts. Trevor Craport went 3-for-5 with a double, while Sean Miller, J.C. Escarra and Willy Yahn had two hits apiece.
For all the hitting, however, the best news came on the mound, where Hall started, threw five two-hit innings and struck out 10. The ERA is higher than desired at 4.50, but with 53 strikeouts in 30 innings, he’s turning heads.
Delmarva Shorebirds 14, Lakewood (Phillies) 0
The Shorebirds roughed up BlueClaws pitching and shut down the bats to the tune of three hits and the zero runs. Delmarva is now 35-10; to put that in different terms, a major league team off to a 35-10 start would be on pace to finish 126-36.
But back to the game. Adam Hall went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs and two RBI, and is now at .323. Cadyn Grenier, the team’s No. 9 prospect, had a hit, three walks and four runs, while Nick Horvath (triple, three RBI, two runs) and Doran Turchin (home run, four RBI, two runs) were the big bats in the middle of the lineup.
Of course, a shutout summary isn’t complete without a nod to the pitchers. Drew Rom (3-0, 1.45) started and struck out seven in six two-hit innings, while Jhon Peluffo allowed only one hit over three scoreless innings.
Box scores from Thursday’s games can be found here.