Columbus (Indians) 12, Norfolk Tides 5
The Tides kept pace early but couldn’t maintain it, falling as Columbus scored runs in the fourth and fifth innings to break a 3-3 tie, then broke out for four more in the seventh and three in the eighth to run away with the victory.
The Clippers smacked four home runs in the victory, with one, a three-run shot in the seventh, hit by former Oriole infielder Ryan Flaherty. A key figure in Baltimore’s run to the 2014 ALCS, Flaherty is hitting .259 for the Cleveland affiliate.
Back to the Tides: Norfolk did manage highlights in the form of Chance Sisco, who swatted his ninth and 10th home runs of the season while driving in four runs, and is now up to .296 for the season. Joey Rickard also hit one out.
Akron (Indians) 9, Bowie Baysox 5
Two runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings turned a 2-1 game into a RubberDuck runaway. Bowie put up four runs in the ninth to make it respectable, but still dropped its third straight to Akron and fifth straight overall.
The biggest offensive day of the night for the Baysox went to Ryan McKenna, who smacked a three-run home run in the ninth inning, his fourth of the season. No. 4 prospect Austin Hays went 1-for-3 and is now batting .310, and Mark Trumbo, playing in his second game of the season, collected his first hit with a double in the first inning.
On the mound, Marcos Molina allowed three runs on five hits in five innings. His record fell to 3-5, though he sports an acceptable 3.57 ERA. Cristian Alvarado had a particularly rough night in relief, allowing four runs in two innings and seeing his ERA climb to 4.82.
Delmarva Shorebirds 10, Greenville (Red Sox) 2
The Shorebirds made it look easy Thursday, getting a six-run second inning to put themselves comfortably in front. Delmarva also picked up 13 hits in the win.
Adam Hall put up another strong day at the plate; the second baseman went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and two RBI, and is up to .323 for the season. The biggest day, however, went to JC Encarnacion, who slammed two home runs among three hits, and who also drove in three runs while scoring three more.
Doran Turchin had two hits, while No. 9 prospect Cadyn Grenier doubled and drove in two and Daniel Fajardo also brought in a pair. A trio of pitchers got it done for Delmarva; starter Drew Rom (4-0) allowed one run on three hits while fanning six in five innings (and saw his ERA fall to 1.49 in the process), while Jhon Peluffo and Matthew Hammonds both tossed a pair of scoreless innings.
Frederick’s game with Lynchburg was postponed due to rain. The Keys will play a doubleheader Friday.
Box scores from Thursday’s games can be found here.
Friday’s scheduled games
- Norfolk: vs. Louisville (Reds), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Tyler Herb (3-2, 5.06 ERA)
- Bowie: vs. Hartford (Rockies). 7:05 p.m. Starter: Hunter Harvey (2-3, 5.82 ERA)
- Frederick (doubleheader): vs. Lynchburg (Indians), 5 p.m., following Game 1. Starters: David Lebron (2-0, 3.21 ERA), TBD.
- Delmarva: at Greenville (Red Sox), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Nick Vespi (3-2, 5.45 ERA)