Scranton-Wilkes Barre (Yankees) 7, Norfolk Tides 6
The Norfolk bats combined for 10 hits and five walks in this losing effort. Jace Peterson led the way with three hits. Cedric Mullins had just one hit, but it was a three-run homer in the sixth inning to put the Tides within striking distance. Mason Williams and Jesus Sucre both added a pair of singles. Ryan Mountcastle was saddled with an 0-for-3 performance, however he did walk twice.
Tyler Herb started on the mound, but things did not go well. The righty served up five runs on seven hits, no walks and two strikeouts over four innings. Chris Lee followed by allowing two runs on four hits, one walk and two strikeouts over 2.2 relief innings. On the bright side, Tanner Scott was pretty awesome, striking out five over 2.1 scoreless frames.
Bowie Baysox 4, New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 2
Bruce Zimmermann turned in yet another impressive outing. The southpaw lowered his season ERA to 2.87 following a six-inning start, where he allowed two runs on three hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Cristian Alvarado added three perfect innings and four strikeouts out of the ‘pen. And Zach Muckenhirn earned the win with a scoreless inning in the top of the 10th.
The one Orioles affiliate to win on Wednesday had to do it in walk-off fashion. Yusniel Diaz went deep in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive in Chris Clare, who had started the inning on second base, and give the Baysox a 4-2 victory. Diaz went 2-for-4 in the game with two runs scored. Mason McCoy added a hit in four at-bats. Ryan McKenna was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Rylan Bannon walked twice. Brett Cumberland added a double. And Carlos Perez was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Carolina (Brewers) 6, Frederick Keys 2
DL Hall’s start did not last long. The Orioles top pitching prospect managed to get just two outs and allowed one run on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts before he was removed from the game after 41 pitches. There does not to seem to be any injury, but rather Hall was taken out simply because his two-thirds of an inning had been so intense, and the O’s will do what they can to protect their promising youngster.
Cameron Ming did a nice job over 4.1 innings of relief, allowing just one run on five hits, one walk and two strikeouts. But the effort from Matthias Dietz negated all of that when he allowed four runs on two hits, two walks and five strikeouts over two innings. Scott Burke closed the book on the bullpen with two scoreless frames.
J.C. Escarra drove in both runs in this game on a sixth-inning single. He had two hits in the game. Yeltsin Gudino was the only other Keys hitter with a multi-hit performance. Willy Yahn, Jean Carrillo, Sean Miller and Jake Ring each singled once.
West Virginia Power (Mariners) 1, Delmarva Shorebirds 0
It was a tough night at the plate for the best team in minor league baseball. The Shorebirds struck out 10 times and were unable to score a run despite eight hits and a walk. Robbie Thorburn and Jean Carlos Encarnacion both singled twice. Daniel Fajardo added his third double of the season. Cadyn Grenier went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
It was a different story on the mound. Nick Vespi started and looked pretty darn good, striking out eight, walking three and allowing one run on three hits over six innings of work. Jhon Peluffo followed that up with two scoreless innings and striking out three.
Complete box scores from Wednesday’s set of games can be found here.
Thursday’s Scheduled Games
Norfolk: vs Scranton-Wilkes Barre, 12:05 p.m. Starter: Tom Eshelman (1-1, 2.77 ERA)
Bowie: vs New Hampshire, 6:35 p.m. Starter: Marcos Molina (3-5, 3.34 ERA)
Frederick: Salem (Red Sox), 7 p.m. Starter: TBD
Delmarva: vs Hickory (Rangers), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Ofelky Peralta (4-1, 2.55 ERA)