Norfolk Tides 3, Indianapolis (Pirates) 2; Indianapolis 3, Norfolk 2
Ademar Rifaela and Austin Hays had two-hit games to help the Tides take one of their two games Thursday night. Norfolk scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn a seven-inning win over the Indians, but then dropped the resumption of a game that was suspended on Aug. 7.
In the win, Hays went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run, while Rifaela went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Ryan Mountcastle went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Matt Wotherspoon got the win with two innings of scoreless relief. Dillon Tate got the save, striking out one and allowing a hit in an inning of work.
In the makeup game, Mason Williams had two hits, including his 15th home run of the season. Mountcastle went 0-for-2 but had the Tides’ other RBI; he’s batting .313 for the season.
Rifaela doubled for Norfolk, and Sam Shepherd, who was bad luck personified, went six innings while allowing six hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out six but nevertheless saw his record fall to 1-10.
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Trenton (Yankees) 3, Bowie Baysox 2; Trenton 4, Bowie 0
Bowie was edged in the resumption of a suspended game from Aug. 7, then had the bats silenced in the second game against the Thunder.
Bowie managed only four hits in the first game, with two (including a double) coming from Brett Cumberland. Ryan McKenna and Jesmuel Valentin had the other hits, while Mason McCoy had the lone RBI. Brian Gonzalez took the loss while allowing two runs in 2.2 innings of relief.
In the second game, the tandem of Nick Nelson and Daniel Alvarez shut down the Bowie bats. Willy Yahn had no troubles, going 3-for-3 out of the ninth spot, but Anderson Feliz, Preston Palmeiro and Ryan Ripken (who, let it be known, is batting a cool .325) were the only other Baysox with hits.
Michael Baumann allowed three runs in five innings of work and took the loss, falling to 2-2.
Potomac (Nationals) 8, Frederick Keys 2
Not a good day for DL Hall. The team’s No. 3 prospect allowed three runs in 5.2 innings to take the loss, falling to 4-5. He allowed three hits (including a home run), walked three and struck out five.
Daniel Fajardo (2-for-3) was the only multi-hitter for the Keys. One of the other three hits was picked up by Cadyn Grenier, but the shortstop and No. 21 prospect is hitting only .164 for the season at Frederick. Grenier and Jomar Reyes drove in the team’s runs.
In spite of the offensive struggles, the game was close. Frederick trailed only 3-2 entering the eighth, but two Potomac runs in the eighth and three in the ninth blew the game open.
Kannapolis (White Sox) 2, Delmarva Shorebirds 1
Normally the Shorebirds can break up a tough night for the affiliates, but not this time. Kannapolis scored twice in the first and that was all the offense the Intimidators needed.
Delmarva managed four hits, two apiece by J.C. Encarnacion (2-for-3) and Johnny Rizer (2-for-4). Notable among the oh-fers: Adam Hall, who came in hitting .300, went 0-for-3 and is now batting .298. It’s the first time he’s finished a game below .300 since May 18.
Gray Fenter (three innings), Jhon Peluffo (three innings) and Felix Bautista (one inning) combined for seven innings of scoreless relief.
Staten Island (Yankees) 1, Aberdeen IronBirds 0
One run in the fourth was all the Yankees needed to take care of the IronBirds in a low-scoring game Thursday night.
Shayne Fontana, Andrew Daschbach (double) and Jean Carmona had the IronBird hits. Aberdeen went 0-for-6 with men in scoring position.
Dan Hammer allowed one run in four innings while striking out six to take the loss. Houston Roth tossed the next four, and Morgan McSweeney pitched a scoreless ninth.
Friday’s scheduled games
- Norfolk: vs. Syracuse (Mets), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Bruce Zimmermann (0-1, 6.30 ERA)
- Bowie: at Richmond (Giants), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Tyler Herb (1-2, 5.84 ERA)
- Frederick: vs. Down East (Rangers), 7 p.m. Starter: Ofelky Peralta (0-2, 8.44 ERA)
- Delmarva: vs. Kannapolis (White Sox), 7 p.m. Starter: Drew Rom (6-2, 2.35 ERA)
- Aberdeen: vs. Staten Island (Yankees), 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD