Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 5, Charlotte Knights (White Sox) 4
Trailing 4-3 going into the bottom of the eighth, the Tides got a rally knowing in the nick of time. Robert Neustrom hit his sixth home run of the season in the eighth inning to tie it, and Richie Martin drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to walk off with the win.
Neustrom had himself a day, finishing 3-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI. He’s batting .264 with an .840 OPS for the season.
Martin (triple), Brett Cumberland and Zach Jarrett had the other Norfolk hits. Yusniel Diaz went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and left two men on base.
Kyle Bradish got the start and allowed three runs on three hits in five innings while striking out six.
Double-A: Somerset Patriots (Yankees) 7, Bowie Baysox 3
Two runs in the third and four in the fourth got the Patriots out to a 6-0 lead that allowed them to cruise to the victory.
Bowie’s three runs came on three solo home runs, two coming from Kyle Stowers (Nos. 16 and 17), who saw his OPS climb to .938. Shayne Fontana swatted the other one, while Zach Watson had two hits, one of which was a double. No. 6 prospect Jordan Westburg went 0-for-4 and is batting .148 since getting the promotion to Double-A.
Mickey Jannis got the start for Bowie and allowed six runs on six hits in five innings. The knuckleballer walked three and struck out two.
High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 20, Jersey Shore BlueClaws (Phillies) 1
It took Aberdeen a little time to get started, but once the IronBirds got going, there was no stopping them. Aberdeen got seven runs in the third, two in the fifth and three in the sixth, and then eight in the seventh to beat the BlueClaws in a laugher.
The big hitters for the IronBirds were...well...take your pick. Jean Carmona certainly fit the bill, going 4-for-5 with six RBI, including a three-run homer and two doubles. Then there’s Dylan Harris, who was 3-for-4 with three RBI, three runs, two doubles and a two-run shot. No. 4 Gunnar Henderson got in on the action, going 1-for-4 with three runs, four RBI and a three-run blast, Adam Hall went 4-for-6, TT Bowens and Ryne Ogren had three hits apiece...
Suffice to say, it was a good day to be an IronBird batter.
The pitcher given a whole month’s worth of run support was Zach Peek, who pitched five innings and allowed one run on five hits while fanning seven.
Low-A: Carolina Mudcats 8, Delmarva Shorebirds 4, 10 inn.
Up 4-2 going into the seventh, the Shorebirds allowed runs in the seventh and eighth to set up extras, and then had to watch as Darrien Miller’s grand slam won it for the Mudcats.
John Rhodes led Delmarva with three hits and two RBI, while Collin Burns, Donta’ Williams and Logan Michaels each had two hits. No. 9 prospect Connor Norby went 1-for-5, while No. 24 Darrell Hernaiz went 1-for-6 with a run and No. 21 Reed Trimble went 0-for-3 with an RBI.
There are no games scheduled for Monday.