Rochester (Twins) 10, Norfolk Tides 5
Mark Trumbo continued his effort to get healthy by playing right field and hitting a two-run homer in the Tides loss. Ryan Mountcastle added a pair of singles and a walk. Mason Williams went 2-for-5. On the flip side, Austin Hays had a tough 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, and D.J. Stewart was 0-for-3 with a walk and a punch out.
Chandler Shepherd’s difficult season continued. He lasted five innings but served up eight runs (six earned) on 13 hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. Evan Phillips trotted in from the bullpen first and did no better. Over two innings, the righty gave up two runs on five hits, a walk and a strikeout. At least there was Josh Lucas, who tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
Following today’s game, the Orioles optioned INF Rio Ruiz to Triple-A Norfolk.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) July 24, 2019
Bowie Baysox 8, Richmond (Giants) 1
Dean Kremer was at it again. The Baysox righty started on the mound and delivered yet another impressive outing. He tossed six scoreless frames, striking out six, walking three and allowing four hits to lower his season ERA to 3.04. He was followed by one perfect inning from Luis Gonzalez and a two-inning, one-run relief appearance by Pedro Araujo.
Every Bowie hitter got in on the action. Each of them reached base at least once. Carlos Perez hit his ninth home run of the season and doubled once to knock in four runs. Yusniel Diaz smacked a pair of doubles and drove in three runs. Rylan Bannon went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. Mason McCoy, Cedric Mullins and Ryan McKenna combined to go 0-for-11, but they scored five times and walked four times.
Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 6, Frederick Keys 5 F/10
Things were going well for the Keys through the game’s first seven innings. Cameron Bishop had thrown five innings and allowed just one run on four hits, two walks and four strikeouts. David Lebron had followed with two scoreless innings. But then things fell apart in the eighth frame.
Lebron stayed on to pitch. The first batter of the inning reached base on a Jomar Reyes error. Following a fielder’s choice, the third batter of the inning reached on yet another Reyes error. What should have been a 1-2-3 inning continued. A run had scored on Reyes’s second miscue. Then another run scored on a single up the middle. Then Lebron issued a pair of walks, including one with the bases loaded, before being replaced by Zach Matson. Matson also walked in a run before finally escaping the jam. Just like that, the Keys’ four-run lead had evaporated. The two teams eventually went to extra innings, where Matson took the loss.
J.C. Escarra and Cadyn Grenier were the only two Frederick hitters with more than one hit. Grenier’s two knocks were both doubles. The lineup’s top three hitters, Cole Billingsley, Zach Jarrett and Brett Cumberland, combined to go 0-for-13. Robert Neustrom took a 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Game 1: Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Greenville (Red Sox) 0 F/7
The Shorebirds won a baseball game. What else is new? Hector Guance delivered five scoreless frames on the mound. The righty allowed just one hit, walked three and struck out five. Jhon Peluffo closed out the victory with two no-run innings of his own.
Edison Lantigua led the offensive output with his second South Atlantic League homer of the year. Adam Hall and Jaylen Ferguson added two hits each. Johnny Rizer and Zach Watson both went 1-for-3. Jean Carlos Encarnacion took an 0-for-3.
Game 2: Delmarva 2, Greenville 0 F/7
Delmarva won the second half of the doubleheader in similar fashion. Adam Stauffer delivered four scoreless innings as the starter, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out six. Nick Vespi earned the win with his two no-hit innings of work. And then Felix Bautista earned his second save after tip-toeing around two hits in an otherwise clean seventh inning.
The little offense that emerged was supplied by Ferguson and his RBI double. Cody Roberts also drove in a run during his 1-for-3 performance. Encarnacion added his 15th double of the year. Rizer stole his first base with the Shorebirds. Hall went 0-for-2 with a walk.
Aberdeen IronBirds 4, Lowell (Red Sox) 1
Toby Welk, a 21st round pick out of Penn State-Berks, continued the impressive start to his professional career by hitting his first home run. Welk now owns a .394 batting average this season. Kyle Stowers added a 1-for-4. Joey Ortiz struggled with an 0-for-5 and an RBI, but he did record his second stolen base on the year.
Aberdeen relied on a pair of Rodriguezes on the mound. Leonardo Rodriguez started and allowed just the one unearned run over six innings while striking out seven and walking two. The 21-year-old has a 1.67 ERA and 50 strikeouts over 43 innings with the IronBirds. Yelin Rodriguez closed things out with three no-hit innings to earn his first save of the year.
Complete box scores from Wednesday’s set of games can be found here.
Thursday’s Scheduled Games
Norfolk: at Rochester, 11:05 a.m. Starter: David Hess (1-1, 4.34 ERA)
Bowie: at Binghamton (Mets), 6:35 p.m. Starter: Zac Lowther (11-5, 2.64 ERA)
Frederick: vs Myrtle Beach, 12 p.m. Starter: Blaine Knight (0-7, 6.14 ERA)
Delmarva: vs Greenville, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Gray Fenter (6-2, 2.18 ERA)
Aberdeen: vs Lowell, 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD