Norfolk Tides 10, Gwinnett (Braves) 8 (13 innings)
Nine innings just wasn’t enough to contain this madness. The teams combined for 33 hits and four errors, with the Tides picking up 19 of the hits and three of the errors. The Tides and Stripers traded twelfth inning runs before Norfolk loaded the bases in the top of the 13th and eventually plated the three decisive runs.
DJ Stewart continues to blister the International League pitching. He was 4-6 in this affair and added a walk for good measure. He maintains an OPS over 1.000. Chance Sisco had two hits, including a two-run homer on the way to driving in three runs. That’s the eighth homer of the season for Sisco. Jace Peterson and Christopher Bostick each added three-hit games for the Tides. Peterson committed all three Tides errors.
Jimmy Yacabonis tossed three scoreless innings of relief, allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out four. Tanner Scott pitched the final two innings of the game. Both automatic extra innings runners Scott saw scored, which are recorded as unearned runs.
Bowie Baysox 19, Erie (Tigers) 4
The Bowie offense has had its disappointing games so far this season. Saturday’s was not one of them. They blitzed Erie for 19 hits, drew nine walks, and were an almost unbelievable 13-for-23 with runners in scoring position. Bowie scored seven runs in the first and five in the ninth.
Right fielder Austin Hays, making his way back up the ranks, had a 3-6 game and drove in a pair of runs. Surprise performer Mason McCoy was 2-6 and also drew a walk. He’s now batting .391/.462/.565 in 16 Double-A games. Ryan McKenna was 1-3 with three walks, and designated hitter Brett Cumberland was 2-4 with two runs driven in and two walks as well. It all helps the OBP.
The bad news here is that the starting pitcher in this game was Hunter Harvey, who had another rough game. It took Harvey 78 pitches to get through just 2.1 innings, and he labored through with four hits allowed, including two homers, and four walks against three strikeouts. His ERA sits at 5.82.
Potomac (Walgreens) 1, Frederick Keys 0
Not the most exciting baseball contest ever played, with the two teams combining for nine hits and Frederick picking up just four of them. Although the Keys offense was flat, starting pitcher Cody Sedlock pitched well once again, limiting Potomac to a hit and two walks in five innings, while striking out six. Sedlock’s hopeful prospect revival continues. He now has a 1.44 ERA for his season.
Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Hagerstown (Walgreens) 0
It’s tough for a baseball team to win a game when they only get four hits. It helps if they hold the other team to just one hit. That was the Shorebirds on Saturday night. First baseman Seamus Curran hit his eighth homer of the season for Delmarva, a solo shot.
Starting pitcher Ofelky Peralta struck out eight batters in six innings, which is impressive, though he also issued four walks, which is less good. Peralta’s command has been so poor in previous years to keep him from any success at all. In the 2019 season, he’s working with a 1.51 ERA. Perhaps the 6’5” 22-year-old can make his way back up to Frederick, where he spent the last two seasons before this.
Complete box scores from Saturday’s games can be found here.
Sunday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: at Gwinnett, 1:05. Starter: Tyler Herb
- Bowie: at Erie, 1:35. Starter: Zac Lowther
- Frederick: at Potomac, 1:05. Starter: Brenan Hanifee
- Delmarva: vs. Hagerstown, 1:05 doubleheader. Starters: Hector Guance, TBD
The Baysox will be facing last year’s #1 overall pick, Casey Mize, who is the Erie starting pitcher.