Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox) 2, Frederick Keys 0
This was not a day for offense in Winston-Salem. The two clubs combined for only 10 hits, and no player had more than one. The Keys’ lineup, which is decidedly lacking in notable prospects, managed only four hits in getting shut out for the 13th time this year. The first two hitters in the lineup, Robbie Thorburn and Zach Jarrett, each went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Frederick starter Cameron Bishop had a weird night. The only two runs he allowed were unearned, thanks to an error by shortstop Patrick Dorrian in the third. But Bishop didn’t do himself any favors by putting 10 runners on base, including five walks. He didn’t make it out of the fifth inning and is now 0-7 with a 4.71 ERA in 16 games. In more positive pitching news, reliever Tyler Joyner, making his Keys debut after being promoted from Delmarva, worked 2.1 perfect innings, striking out two.
Delmarva Shorebirds 9, West Virginia Power (Mariners) 0
It must be rough being a team called the Power, because the headlines just write themselves when you don’t score. “Power outage!” “Power failure!” “Who turned off the Power?” And so on. On this night, sterling Shorebirds pitching led to a Power blackout.
The story of the game was Ryan Wilson, an Orioles 33rd-round pick in 2017, who twirled his most dominant outing as a professional. After racking up a career-high 10 strikeouts in his previous start, Wilson one-upped himself with 11 whiffs this time around, and he also pitched a career-best seven innings. He allowed only two hits and didn’t walk anyone, lowering his ERA to 2.89.
The Delmarva offense gave Wilson plenty of run support, putting the game away with a five-run ninth inning. Middle infield prospects Adam Hall and Cadyn Grenier each had a two-hit game with a double and an RBI. Catcher Ben Breazeale doubled and homered.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 7, Lowell Spinners (Red Sox) 6 — 13 innings
OK, are you guys ready for a completely ridiculous game? Just an absolute roller coaster? Look no further than Aberdeen. The Ironbirds and Spinners were tied at one heading to extras. The Spinners scored their free baserunner in the top of the 10th, but the Ironbirds followed suit to tie it again. In the 11th, the same thing happened. In the 12th, Lowell upped the ante by plating two runs, only for Aberdeen to also score two and send it to yet another extra inning. In the top of the 13th, the Spinners — you guessed it — scored yet again, taking a 6-5 lead. But in the bottom of the 13th, with the bases loaded and two outs, pinch-hitter Kyle Stowers (the Orioles’ third pick in last month’s draft) ended it in dramatic fashion.
Like I said. Craziness. Lowell scored five runs in extra innings and lost.
Austin Hays finished his rehab for Aberdeen, going 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, and he’ll return to Triple-A Norfolk tomorrow. On the mound, Leonardo Rodriguez delivered an excellent start, giving up just one hit and one run while striking out seven in five innings. The 21-year-old righty has a 2.08 ERA in five starts. 2014 third-rounder Brian Gonzalez, on rehab from Double-A Bowie, worked two scoreless innings.
Wednesday’s scheduled games:
- Triple-A All-Star Game (featuring Norfolk’s Ryan Mountcastle and Keegan Akin), 9:05 PM.
- Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game (featuring Bowie’s Zac Lowther, Alex Wells, Rylan Bannon, and Mason McCoy), 7:05 PM.
- Frederick vs. Carolina, 7:00 PM. Starter: TBD
- Delmarva at West Virginia, 7:05 PM. Starter: TBD
- Aberdeen at West Virginia (yes, another West Virginia), 6:35 PM. Starter: TBD