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Tillman takes the Win
Five different Tides collected multiple hits as Norfolk knocked off the Durham Bulls 8-5 Tuesday night at Harbor Park.
Joe Mahoney had three singles and three runs batted in to lead the 13-hit attack, while Luis Exposito, Jamie Hoffmann, Scott Beerer and Matt Antonelli each added two hits apiece.
The Tides jumped out to an early lead in the second frame off of Bulls' starter Alex Cobb (0-2), as Exposito singled and scored on a double by Hoffmann. Beerer followed with a run-scoring triple to center field, and Jai Miller plated Beerer with a sacrifice fly to give Norfolk a 3-0 lead.
After Durham scored a run in the third, Norfolk extended its lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the frame on a two-run single by Mahoney.
Durham pulled within 5-4 on a two-run homer by Will Rhymes in the fourth, but Xavier Avery extended his hitting streak and the Tides' lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the frame. Avery has now hit safely in eight straight games, batting .414 (12-for-29) with a home run, three RBI and eight walks over that span. He also scored three runs and stole three bases in the contest, making him 7-for-7 on steals this season.
Tides starter Chris Tillman (2-2) earned the victory, allowing four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings of work. Tillman struck out seven while walking two, throwing 67 of his 96 pitches for strikes.
The Baysox offense struggled to get going Tuesday evening as they lost 5-1 to Akron in the second of a three game home series. With the loss, the Baysox fall to 7-12 on the season and remain in last place in the division.
After a rocky start to the game, Right-handed reliever Eddie Gamboa settled in and retired 12 consecutive batters during his four innings of work to keep the Baysox in the game, but the offense was unable to get anything going.
“Our bullpen was good – Egan gave up a cheap run,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “We gave up two cheap runs with a ball not leaving the infield tonight and you can’t do that against a pretty good team. I thought our bullpen pitched really well, Gamboa and Egan.”
After being shut out Monday night, Akron wasted no time getting on the board in the top of the first inning against left-handed starting pitcher Cole McCurry. After cruising through the first two batters, McCurry surrendered a solo home run to right-center field by Jared Goedert. The two out damage continued as Chun Chen doubled to left field and scored when Nick Weglarz reached on a throwing error by Jonathan Schoop that made the score 2-0.
The Baysox got on the board in the bottom of the second inning against Akron left-handed starter T.J. McFarland. First baseman Brandon Waring drew a lead off walk, but was caught stealing with shortstop Manny Machado batting. Machado then doubled to right field and scored on a Robbie Widlansky single to center field that made the score 2-1.
Akron added more two out runs in the top of the third inning. Weglarz hit a one out single to shortstop but was thrown out a second when Ryan Rohlinger reached on a force out for the second out. Neal doubled to center field to move Rohlinger to third base and Abraham doubled to center field to clear the bases and give Akron a 4-1 lead.
The Aeros extended their lead in the top of the ninth inning against right-handed reliever Pat Egan. Neal hit a lead off double to left field and with two outs, Tim Fedroff singled to shortstop to plate Neal and put Akron up 5-1.
McCurry pitched four innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out two batters and walking two more in the loss. Gamboa pitched four perfect innings for the Baysox in relief of McCurry, not allowing a single hit while striking out one batter. Egan pitched the ninth inning for the Baysox, allowing one run on two hits while striking out one batter.
“It was one of those situations where you just have to go in and get early contact and give our team a chance to get back in there and get us back in the game,” Gamboa said. “I was just trying to get ahead in the count and let the defense do the work and that’s exactly what happened tonight.”
Despite having runners in scoring position on a number of occasions, the offense was unable to work itself back into the game. The team has struggled all season to hit with runners in scoring position and to string hits together.
“We stranded a lot of guys; you like to get that big hit and I thought in the seventh we had some opportunities,” said Kendall . “We make contact and put a run or two on the board there and I thought that we have a chance in a one run situation. We just didn’t get the big hit. We aren’t putting the ball in play enough with runners in scoring position. I understand that we have some inexperience in some of those situations, but we have to step it up because this is Double-A regardless of our age.”
Storming out to a five-run lead after the fourth inning, the Keys coasted to their sixth win of the year to pick up a 8-3 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
With the Keys leading 8-3 after the fourth, the skies opened up, pouring down rain and delaying the game 36 minutes. After the delay ended, the Keys didn’t register a hit but the Pelicans failed to score as the 8-3 advantage held up until the end of the game.
Relief pitcher Kenny Moreland gets the win for the Keys after pitching 3.2 innings and giving up no runs on three hits.
Trailing 2-1 entering the top of the third inning, the Keys took a lead they never gave up when they sent three Keys to the plate to take a 4-2 lead. Bobby Stevens helped start the scoring when he got on base after getting hit by a pitch and then with walks issued out to Mike Flacco and Kipp Schutz, the Keys had the bases loaded with two outs. Nowak, who already had a triple in the game, singled to bring two runners home. The next batter, Matt Sweeney, singled to bring home another.
The Pelicans would get one run back in the bottom half of the inning to cut the Keys’ lead to 4-3, but a big four-run fourth inning opened up a sizable advantage for the Keys.
The scoring spree started with a line-drive homerun from Bobby Stevens. Then, after drawing back-to-back walks to put two runners on, Aaron Baker smacked a two-RBI double down the right field line to make the score 7-3 in favor of the Keys. Another RBI base hit from Nowak made it 8-3 and that would be the last hit the Keys would record on the night.
Dylan Bundy hurls four perfect innings with six strike outs.
Shorebirds win 4-2
Doubles from Narron who was 2 for 4 and Esposito.
The Delmarva Shorebirds (10-8) scored two runs in the bottom of eighth inning to defeat the Greenville Drive, 4-2, at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on Tuesday night. Dylan Bundy, Zach Davies and Miguel Chalas combined to allow just five hits. Bundy and Davies did not allow a hit over the first 5.2 innings.
The marquee pitching matchup of Dylan Bundy and Matt Barnes lived up to the hype early. Bundy retired all 12 batters he faced over four perfect innings. He struck out six. In 13 total innings, Bundy has not allowed a hit or run and has fanned 21 batters. Barnes struck out nine batters over five scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits.
The Shorebirds broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning. Gabriel Lino hit a one out single. Brenden Webb drew a walk. Then, relief pitcher Jason Garcia issued two wild pitches to advance the runners to second and third. Connor Narron followed with an RBI single to give the Shorebirds a 1-0 lead. Narron has recorded an RBI in six straight games. Nicky Delmonico followed with an RBI groundout to second to plate Webb.
The Drive responded by tallying a run in the seventh and eighth innings. Boss Moanaroa tripled with one out in the seventh and scored on an RBI single by Bryan Johns. In the eighth, Henry Ramos hit a two-out single to score Garin Cecchini to tie the game at 2-2.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Shorebirds regained the lead. Jason Esposito led off with a sharp double down the right field line. Two batters later, Webb drew his second walk of the game. After a groundout moved the runners up, Delmonico chopped a two-run single into center field to give the Shorebirds a 4-2 lead.
Miguel Chalas fanned the final two batters he faced to end the game in the ninth. Chalas allowed three hits and two runs and picked up his staff high third win of the year.
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