Toledo Mud Hens 7, Norfolk Tides 2
The first six innings of the game for Norfolk were split between pitchers Matt Wotherspoon and Sean Gilmartin — three innings apiece. The former allowed three runs and the latter pitched three scoreless. The Tides were only down by one heading into the top of the ninth, but Toledo added four very valuable insurance runs, which were surrendered by reliever Jay Flaa.
Cedric Mullins went 2-for-5 on the night but is still only hitting .218 with a .630 OPS for Norfolk on the year. Austin Hays had one hit in four trips to the plate, leaving his average at .240. Ryan Mountcastle continued to maintain his plus .300 batting average with two hits in four at-bats, including two RBI.
Bowie Baysox 3, Trenton Thunder 0
Zac Lowther continued his stellar season with the Baysox, throwing five scoreless innings while allowing only one hit. He struck out seven batters while walking four, and his ERA on the season is now 1.96. Hunter Harvey pitched three scoreless, hit-less innings in relief. He walked one and struck out four. Tyler Erwin completed the shutout with a scoreless ninth. It was a combined one-hitter between those three pitchers.
Yusniel Diaz was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the year. Rylan Bannon and Jesmuel Valentin were responsible for the other two RBI for the Baysox. Also, Ademar Rifaela was 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk.
Salem Red Sox 1, Frederic Keys 0 — Game One
The Keys were shutout in seven innings, managing only three hits (Cole Billingsley, JC Carrill and Yeltsin Gudino) and two walks while going 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position and leaving four runners on base.
Brenan Hanifee pitched all six innings of the game for the visiting Keys and took the hard luck loss, lowering his record to 4-6 on the year. In 56.1 innings pitched he has a 4.15 ERA. Against the Sox on Friday night, he allowed five hits and one run with six strikeouts and no walks.
Salem Red Sox 4, Frederick Keys 2 — Game Two
David Lebron was unable to deliver a pitching performance similar to game one for Frederick. His final pitching line was three innings, six hits, four runs, two walks and five strikeouts. Two relievers combined for three scoreless innings to finish out the game, but once again the Frederick offense was unable to provide adequate run support.
The team was 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Their only runs came in the fourth inning, when they scored on a Sean Miller triple to center and an RBI ground out to shortstop by Yeltsin Gudino.
With that, the Keys were swept in both games of the doubleheader.
Delmarva Shorebirds 9, Hickory Crawdads 2
Hector Guance got a win in his tenth start of the year for the Shorebirds, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings while throwing a total of 97 pitches (48 strikes). He allowed two hits, five walks and struck out five batters. Tyler Joyner was the only pitcher used in relief, going 3.2 innings and winding up with a save. It was his sixth of the year.
Delmarva accounted for 14 hits and seven walks on the night, en route to scoring nine runs. Everyone in the Shorebirds lineup had at least one hit, except for center fielder Nick Horvath. The team was 7-for-20 with runners in scoring position. Left-fielder Will Robertson was 3-for-5 with two RBI and Cadyn Grenier was 2-for-5 with two RBI. There were three other players with multi-hit games.
With the win, Delmarva improved its record to 47-20. They’re in first place in the South Atlantic League Northern division; five games ahead of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 2, Hudson Valley Renegades 1
In their first game of the season the Ironbirds edged out a nail-biter to get the win. Key hits were provided in the seventh inning when Irving Ortega stroked an RBI double to center field and in the eighth when Cody Roberts had an RBI double of his own. That was enough offense for the Ironbirds pitching staff to work with in this one.
Ryan Conroy pitched an impressive game, racking up 12 strikeouts and allowing just one run (unearned) over seven innings. The run in question occurred in the seventh inning, due in part to a fielding error by third baseman Ortega and later a wild pitch by Conroy. This game was also a combined one-hitter, between pitchers Conroy, Yelin Rodriguez and Marlon Constante.
Complete box scores from Friday night’s games can be found here.
Saturday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk vs. Toledo, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: Luis Ysla (2-4, 5.07 ERA)
- Bowie vs. Trenton, 6:35 PM ET. Starter: Alex Wells (3-1, 1.61 ERA)
- Frederick at Salem, 6:05 PM ET. Starter: Michael Baumann (1-4, 3.86 ERA)
- Delmarva vs. Hickory, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: TBD
- Aberdeen vs. Hudson Valley, 6:05 PM ET. Starter: TBD