Triple-A: Gwinnett Stripers (Braves) 17, Norfolk Tides 8
Despite scoring eight runs on five hits last night, the Tides were blown out by the Stripers. Knuckleballer Mickey Jannis gave up nine runs (seven earned) over the course of 3.2 innings to raise his ERA to 5.02. Then Tyler Joyner allowed six runs in an inning of work, and Fernando Abad allowed two runs in 2.1 innings. Cody Carroll, acquired from the Yankees in the Zach Britton trade, was the only Tides pitcher to not allow a run.
Norfolk did nearly all of their scoring in the sixth inning when they put seven runs on the board. Catcher Cody Roberts cranked a grand slam, J.C. Escarra had an RBI sac fly, Rylan Bannon drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch, and Zach Jarrett had an RBI single. They added a run in the ninth on a Stevie Wilkerson RBI single, but it wasn’t nearly enough to catch Gwinnett.
Double-A: Bowie Baysox 5, Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies) 0
Michael Baumann had a great start against the Yard Goats and he’s been on quite a roll recently down at Bowie. It was the fourth start in a row that Baumann’s gone five innings or more and allowed two runs or less. In that time span, he’s lowered his ERA from 7.06 to 4.89. He threw six shutout innings last night, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out seven. And the Baysox offense made Baumann’s strong effort count.
Bowie got back-to-back jacks to begin the fourth inning, courtesy of third baseman Patrick Dorrian and first baseman Toby Welk. They got three more runs in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run double from Adley Rutschman and a sacrifice fly from Welk.
Rutschman finished the night 2-for-3 with two RBI, a run, and a walk. He’s got a .277 batting average and .906 OPS on the year.
High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 3, Hudson Valley Renegades (Yankees) 1
Starter Garrett Stallings pitched five scoreless innings to lead Aberdeen over the Renegades by a small margin. Along the way, Stallings allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out five Renegades. He’ll go into his next start with a 4.09 ERA. At the back end of the game, Logan Gillaspie pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the year.
At the plate, first baseman Andrew Daschbach went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored for the Ironbirds. Willy Yahn went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly. Dylan Harris had an RBI ground out in the eighth. AJ Graffanino, one of the players to be named later in the Tommy Milone trade with the Braves last year, went 2-for-4.
Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland) 1
Houston Roth was on the bump for Delmarva, and he pitched into the sixth to earn his fifth win of the year. His final pitching line was 5.1 innings, three hits, one run, one walk, and two strikeouts. He’s got a 3.58 ERA after last night. The Shorebirds’ bullpen threw 3.2 scoreless innings, and Rickey Ramirez struck out the side in the ninth to earn his first save of the year.
Delmarva’s no. 9 hitter Mason Janvrin went 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBI, including his seventh home run of the year. Right fielder Cristopher Cespedes was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI double in the second. Second baseman Yorkislandy Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk, including an RBI single in the eighth.
Complete box scores from last night’s games can be found here.
Saturday’s scheduled games
- Norfolk at Gwinnett, 6:05 PM. Starter: Dean Kremer (0-3, 7.20 ERA)
- Bowie vs. Hartford, 6:35 PM. Starter: Grayson Rodriguez (4-1, 2.04 ERA)
- Aberdeen vs. Hudson Valley, 6:05 PM. Starter: Drew Rom (7-0, 2.87 ERA)
- Delmarva vs. Lynchburg, 7:05 PM. Starter: Griffin McLarty (1-6, 5.08 ERA)