Norfolk Tides - OFF
Triple-A teams had their All-star game on Wednesday night, and two Orioles farmhands took part.
Keegan Akin earned the start for the International League. The southpaw danced around a two-out double in the first inning to escape unscathed. But things fell apart a bit in the second inning. He faced five hitters and allowed three hits before being removed. His final line: 1.2 innings, three runs, four hits, no walks, three strikeouts.
Ryan Mountcastle did not start but did get to play first base in the second half of the contest. Unfortunately, he would go hitless in his two at-bats and make a fielding error in the fifth inning.
Bowie Baysox - OFF
It was a drastically different experience for the Baysox and their all-stars, who each had nice showings at their midsummer event for the victorious West (5-0).
Alex Wells and Zac Lowther both threw one inning out of the bullpen and had identical pitching lines: hold, one inning, no hits, no runs, one walk, one strikeout. Wells also picked off a runner in his inning of work.
Mason McCoy started atop the West’s lineup and came through with a double and a run scored in two at-bats. Rylan Bannon came on at second base later in the game and also hit a double in two at-bats.
Frederick Keys 5, Carolina (Brewers) 4 F/10
The Keys offense had 15 total hits in this game. Four of those hits (all singles) came off the bat of Zach Jarrett. But the hero of the day was Jean Carillo, who gave the Keys a walk-off win with an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Patrick Dorrian. Carillo, Jomar Reyes, Trevor Craport and Sean Miller each had two hits apiece. Craport and Dorrian each doubled once for the Keys’ only extra-base hits of the day.
David Lebron battled through six innings on the bump. He allowed four runs on eight hits, two walks and two strikeouts, but only one of the runs was earned due to a throwing error by Miller in the fourth inning. Zach Matson continued to look dominant out of the bullpen, striking out four batters in two innings of work. While Diogenes Almengo snatched the win with two scoreless frames of his own.
Delmarva Shorebirds 7, West Virginia (Mariners) 2
Adam Hall led the offensive charge with three hits, a run scored and an RBI in six at-bats. He is now batting .313 on the season. Robert Neustrom contributed his 10th double of the season and two RBI. Seamus Curran went deep for the 14th time this year. Ryne Ogren had two hits, including a double. Cadyn Grenier was 0-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and two strikeouts.
Hector Guance delivered a nice outing on the mound. Over six innings, the righty struck out nine batters while allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Juan Echevarria followed up with three scoreless innings and three strikeouts to earn the save.
Aberdeen IronBirds 8, West Virginia (Pirates) 4 F/10
It was quite the comeback for the IronBirds in this one. Down 4-1 entering the eighth inning, they stormed back to score two runs in the eighth and one run in the ninth to send the game to extras before exploding for four runs in the 10th inning to take home the win.
Tristan Graham had the most impressive night at the plate, smacking his first home run of the season, driving in two runs and scoring two runs. Ian Evans added a triple and a single in five at-bats. Toby Welk had two more hits to up his season average to .360. Joey Ortiz went 1-for-6. Kyle Stowers was 1-for-5 with a run scored and a walk.
Ryan Conroy turned in a quality start, allowing three runs on six hits, no walks and four strikeouts over six innings. Morgan McSweeney, Kyle Martin and Shelton Perkins combined for four shutout innings and five strikeouts to finish out the win.
Complete box scores from Wednesday’s set of games can be found here.
Thursday’s Scheduled Games
Norfolk: at Durham (Rays), 7:11 p.m. Starter: Dan Straily (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Bowie: at Akron (Indians), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Michael Baumann (0-1, 0.75 ERA)
Frederick: at Carolina, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Blaine Knight (0-6, 6.39 ERA)
Delmarva: at West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Nick Vespi (5-4, 3.31 ERA)
Aberdeen: at West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD