Norfolk Tides 8, Gwinnett (Braves) 1
Rylan Bannon’s bat and Keegan Akin’s arm helped make this an easy night for the Tides. Bannon hit a grand slam and scored two runs, and Akin struck out seven in six innings while allowing only two hits and one run to improve to 6-7 for the year.
Dwight Smith Jr. and Engelb Vielma each had a pair of hits for Norfolk, while Mark Trumbo had a double and two RBI. Hunter Cervenka and Tanner Scott worked 1.2 and 1.1 innings, respectively, of scoreless relief.
Bowie Baysox 17, Reading (Phillies) 2
It was a field day for everyone in a Bowie uniform, as the Baysox led 2-0 after the top of the first, 8-2 after four, and were never threatened from there. Bowie outhit Reading 23-4.
Where to start? How about with Anderson Feliz, who went 4-for-6 with a home run, four runs and seven RBI? Props also go to Yusniel Diaz (3-for-5, home run, two RBI), Ryan McKenna (4-for-5, three runs, two RBI, two doubles), Cedric Mullins (2-for-4, four runs) and Preston Palmeiro (3-for-5, two RBI). Diaz is now batting .257, while McKenna is at .234.
Michael Baumann had all the run support he could ever want, but he still delivered a strong outing of his own. He allowed two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings while striking out eight. He’s 6-2 with a 2.31 ERA.
Down East (Rangers) 6, Frederick Keys 3
Frederick could have used some of Bowie’s offensive magic. The Keys could also have used a better start from Brenan Hanifee, who allowed six runs (all earned) on 11 hits in six innings.
Frederick managed only four hits, two (including a double) coming from Robbie Thorburn. Sean Miller and Irving Ortega had the other hits.
Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Lakewood (Phillies) 1
Another Grayson Rodriguez start, another gem. The team’s second-ranked prospect impressed again Thursday, throwing six no-hit innings and striking out seven. He allowed only one walk and no earned runs, and improved to 10-4 with a 2.68 ERA.
He needed to be good, because the Shorebirds weren’t mustering much at the plate. Toby Welk, Ryne Ogren and Cody Roberts (double) had the team’s only three hits, and Roberts also picked up two RBI.
It was a flat night for Adley Rutschman, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and is hitting .100 in nine games with Delmarva.
Aberdeen IronBirds 12, Brooklyn (Mets) 3
Down 2-0 after the top of the first, Aberdeen roared back with eight runs in the bottom half and never looked back.
Jaylen Ferguson went 3-for-6 with two runs and four RBI, including his fifth home run and a triple. Clay Fisher went 4-for-4 with two RBI, and Mason Janvrin, Ian Evans and Trevor Putzig had two hits apiece.
Dan Hammer went five innings on the mound, allowing two hits and one earned run while striking out four. Houston Roth took the next three innings, allowing one run on two hits while fanning six, and Morgan McSweeney struck out two in a perfect inning of relief.
Friday’s scheduled games
- Norfolk: vs. Charlotte (White Sox), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Chandler Shepherd (2-10, 6.70 ERA)
- Bowie: at Richmond (Giants), 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD
- Frederick: vs. Potomac (Nationals), 7 p.m. Starter: Luis Perez (6-1, 2.97 ERA)
- Delmarva: vs. Kannapolis (White Sox), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Ryan Wilson (6-4, 2.57 ERA)
- Aberdeen: vs. Brooklyn (Mets), 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD