Gwinnett Stripers (Braves) 8, Norfolk Tides 1
Norfolk allowed five runs in the second inning, and never really stood a chance after that. After they trimmed the lead to four, the Tides gave up three more in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Matt Wotherspoon started for Norfolk and made it through just 3.2 innings. The Stripers homered three times in the second to post the five spot. That’s not exactly a recipe for success when you’re on the mound. Sean Gilmartin and Evan Phillips combined for 4.1 scoreless innings before Luis Gonzalez allowed three runs, and another Gwinnett homer, in the ninth.
Norfolk’s only run came by way of a Jesus Sucre single that plated Jace Peterson. Norfolk managed only five hits, and Sucre was the only Tide player to record more than one.
Bowie Baysox 7, Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies) 3
Bowie fared much better than the Tides behind another strong start by Alex Wells. Wells allowed only two runs through six innings and struck out eight Yard Goats. Wells picked up his sixth win of the year at Bowie, and his eight strikeouts were a season high. Wells, along with fellow pitcher Zac Lowther, Mason McCoy and Rylan Bannon, will represent Bowie in the Eastern League All Star game on July 10.
Bowie’s offense exploded early with four homers in the first two frames. Ryan McKenna and Yusniel Diaz both went deep in the first, while McCoy and T.J. Nichting each blasted one in the second. McCoy finished 3-5 from the leadoff spot, and Diaz finished 3-4 with a pair of RBIs. McKenna drove in three with a 2-4 performance.
Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians) 4, Frederick Keys 3
Frederick held a two-run advantage through six innings, but let this one slip away late. Frederick reliever Zach Matson was charged with a blown save after a costly error by first baseman J.C. Escarra led to two Lynchburg runs in the seventh. Matthias Dietz took the loss after giving up one run via an RBI single in the top of the ninth.
The late runs wiped out another impressive start by top prospect DL Hall. Hall was in line for a victory after allowing just two hits and one run through five innings. He struck out seven batters, but did walk four. Hall dominated at times after making a few mistakes. The only hits he allowed came in the top of the first, which led to his only run allowed. He walked the first two batters he faced in the fourth, but escaped without allowing a run. He only needed eight pitches to finish the fifth inning.
Jomar Reyes led Frederick with a three-hit night. Despite the Keys out hitting the Hillcats, no other Frederick player had more than one hit. Trevor Craport plated two with a double in the third.
Lakewood BlueClaws (Phillies) 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 0
Like Frederick, Delmarva also failed to take advantage of a strong start by a highly ranked pitching prospect. The Shorebirds were blanked, and Grayson Rodriguez received his second loss of his season. Unlike the seven-run anomaly back on June 4, this loss was a lot easier on the eyes.
Rodriguez allowed just one run through five innings, but unfortunately that was all Lakewood would need. Rodriguez gave up five hits, and struck out five batters. He allowed one walk. Reports had Rodriguez touching 96 mph with the fastball, which sounds consistent with what we’ve seen this year.
The Shorebirds managed only three hits against two Lakewood pitchers. Adam Hall, Cody Roberts and Jaylen Ferguson kept Delmarva from being no hit.
Connecticut Tigers 2, Aberdeen IronBirds 1
Aberdeen managed only one hit through the first six innings, and its only run in the eighth inning was not enough in this one. Andrew Fregia drove in Maverick Handley with a single to center, but Connecticut held on after Aberdeen had the winning run aboard in the ninth.
Kevin Magee received the loss after giving up a run in the fourth and fifth innings. Jake Lyons and Connor Gillispie combined for four shutout innings.
Today’s scheduled games:
Norfolk vs. Gwinnett, 7:05. Starter: Luis Ortiz (2-7, 6.75)
Bowie at Hartford, 7:05. Starter: Dean Kremer (3-4, 3.96)
Frederick vs. Lynchburg, 7:00. Starter: Brenan Hanifee (5-7, 4.74)
Delmarva at Lakewood, 7:05. Starter: Ofelky Peralta (5-2, 3.32)
Aberdeen vs. Connecticut, 7:05. Starter: TBD