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Ezequiel Carrera stole four bases and scored three times, Matt LaPorta knocked in two runs, and Columbus doubled up Norfolk 6-3.
The Clippers would strike quickly in the bottom of the first. Ezequiel Carrera singled to begin the frame. Carrera would later move up all the way to third by stealing second and third. In between those instances, Cord Phelps walked to put runners on first and third with one out. Matt LaPorta would help the home team crack the scoreboard with an RBI single up the middle that gave Columbus a 1-0 lead.
Soon after that, Norfolk would retaliate with some runs of their own in the top of the second. With the bases loaded and two outs, Blake Davis found a hole up the middle to drive home two, enabling the Tides to grab a 2-1 advantage.
Again Carrera would show off his speedy wheels, this time in the bottom of the third. He led off the frame with a walk. After stealing second, his third base theft of the game, Carrera moved up to third on a Jason Donald fly-out to right. LaPorta, the man who gave the Clippers their first lead of the game in the bottom of the first, would once again come through for his ball club with an RBI single to right, tying the contest at 2-2.
The very next batter, Russ Canzler, did his part to give Columbus another lead, plating LaPorta with an RBI double down the left field line and giving the Clippers a 3-2 edge. The two out hit parade would continue as Jared Goedert stroked an RBI single to left, scoring Canzler on the play and augmenting the Columbus advantage to 4-2.
The Clippers would continue to add to their led in the bottom of the fourth. Once again, it was Carrera who got things started as he singled and stole second to begin the inning. After Donald and Phelps were hit by pitches to load the bases, LaPorta hit a tapper in front of the plate. Norfolk catcher Scott Thomas ran to pick up the ball, but two times he bobbled the baseball, allowing Carrera to just slide in safely at home. Canzler would then force home another run, coaxing a bases loaded walk from Tides left-hander Rich Rundles. All that action ended up augmenting the Columbus edge to 6-2.
Meanwhile, the Clippers bullpen came up huge tonight. Toru Murata, who was called up from Akron to make a spot start for Columbus left in the fourth inning with an undisclosed injury. Left-hander Eric Berger would come on to relieve Murata and did a fantastic job, hurling striking out three and not walking a batter while holding the Tides scoreless for 3 1/3 innings. Dan Wheeler pitched a scoreless eighth and despite a solo homer from Norfolk's Bill Hall, Cody Allen sealed the victory in the ninth. (courtesy Norfolk Tides)
Bobby Bundy works the mound.
The Baysox (39-39) used a four-run fourth inning to rally from three runs down and beat the Binghamton Mets (36-41) 8-6 Thursday evening for their fifth straight win.
With the win, the Baysox improve to .500 for the first time since the second game of the season when they were 1-1. The low point of the season came as recently as June 6 when the team was 11 games below .500.
The Baysox took advantage of several defensive mistakes to stay ahead of Binghamton despite being outhit. The Baysox scored two runs as a result of passed balls, including the first run in a three run ninth inning that was the difference in the game.
Binghamton struck first in the bottom of the first inning against Baysox right-handed starting pitcher Bobby Bundy. Juan Lagares hit a lead off single to center field and Reese Havens followed with a walk. Jefry Marte plated Lagares with a single to left field and both runners advanced on a throwing error by Josh Barfield. With one out, Wilmer Flores hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Havens and give the B-Mets a 2-0 lead.
The B-Mets extended their lead in the bottom of the third inning. Eric Campbell hit a one out single to right field and moved to second base on a throwing error by Jai Miller. Flores brought Campbell home with a single to center field that made the score 3-0.
The Baysox came storming back in the top of the fourth inning against Binghamton starter Darin Gorski. Barfield hit a lead off single to second base and stole second with first baseman Robbie Widlansky batting. Widlansky then singled to left field to move Barfield to third where he scored when shortstop Manny Machado singled to left field. Designated hitter Buck Britton kept things going with a single to center field that plated Widlansky and moved Machado to third base. Third baseman Zelous Wheeler then reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Machado to score from third. Britton reached third safely on the play as B-Mets first baseman Campbell was unable to record an out. With Miller batting, Britton scored on a throwing error by catcher Juan Centeno to give the Baysox a 4-3 lead.
Binghamton tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning against Baysox reliever Eddie Gamboa, who entered the game in the fourth inning after Bundy was struck by a line drive. Centeno hit a lead off single to left field but was thrown out at second base when Pedro Zapata reached on a force out. With Lagares batting, Zapata advanced to third base on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt by Gamboa. Lagares plated Zapata with a sacrifice fly that tied the game 4-4.
Bowie jumped back into the lead in the top of the eighth inning against Binghamton reliever Ryan Fraser. Center fielder Antoan Richardson drew a lead off walk and moved to second base after a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Richardson moved to third on a groundout by Barfield and scored on a passed ball to make the score 5-4.
The Baysox added several insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning against Binghamton reliever Robert Carson. Wheeler hit a lead off single to center field and Miller followed with a walk. Catcher Brian Ward drew a walk to load the bases and Wheeler scored on a passed by with Richardson batting. With two outs, Barfield doubled to left field to clear the bases and give the Baysox an 8-4 lead.
Binghamton rallied in the bottom of the ninth against Baysox reliever Clay Schrader. Schrader walked the first three batters he faced to load the bases before being replaced on the mound by left-handed reliever Pedro Viola. Viola walked the first batter he faced to allow a run, but then got Wilfredo Tovar to ground into a double play that plated one run and moved another runner to third. Viola struck out Francisco Pena to limit the damage and end the game with the Baysox leading 8-6
Bundy pitched three and two-thirds innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out three batters and walking three in a no decision. Gamboa pitched two and one-third innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits while striking out one batter. Right-handed reliever Pat Egan pitched two scoreless innings and allowed just two hits while striking out two batters and walking two in the win. Schrader walked all three batters he faced and allowed two runs. Viola earned his fourth save of the season after he recorded all three outs in the ninth inning after entering the game with the tying run at the plate.
Fraser earned the loss for Binghamton as he pitched two innings and allowed one run on two hits while walking one batter. (Baysox Press)
Dylan Bundy goes five and give up a run.
Keys Leave 16 Men On Base But Get Enough in Win
The Keys got a strong start from RHP Dylan Bundy and saw the top-three batters in their order reach base four times each in a 4-2 win on Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem.
Bundy was sharp early retiring the first nine batters in just 24 pitches. He labored through the fourth inning allowing a run on four hits but retired the final three batters in succession in the fifth inning leaving with a 2-1 lead in hand.
The surprise was that it was only 2-1. Dash starter Jake Petricka was errant, walking seven batters in four innings. The Keys only pushed home one unearned run though against the erratic righty as they left nine men on-base in the first four innings.
Frederick grabbed the lead in the fifth inning when RF Steve Bumbry, who threw out a runner at the plate to end the fourth, doubled off the centerfield wall. He would score on 3B Travis Adair’s RBI-single to grab a 2-1 lead.
In the eighth inning, LF Johnny Ruettiger singled and then scored on CF Trent Mummey’s RBI-double to put the Keys up 3-1. Frederick would add another when 2B Ty Kelly singled home Mummey.
The Keys led 4-2 to the ninth inning and RHP Ryan Berry entered and set down the side in order. The bullpen trio of Jason Gurka, David Walters and Berry combined to not allow an earned run in four innings. (Adam Pohl)
After giving up a two-run home run to Hendry Jimenez the Delmarva Shorebirds (28-48, 0-7) trailed the Hagerstown Suns (48-29, 6-2) 5-4 and were never able to bounce back dropping their tenth game in a row.
Both teams squandered opportunities to score in the first inning. The Shorebirds offense put three runs on the board in the second inning. After two quick groundouts, Gabriel Lino walked and advanced to third on a two-out double by Austin Knight. Lino scored on a wild pitch off the arm of southpaw Bobby Hanson, Jr. Following back-to-back walks by Mychal Givens and Glynn Davis, Sammie Starr was hit by a pitch that brought in the second run of the ball game for Delmarva. Givens scored on a grounder up the middle by Jason Esposito that gave the Shorebirds a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The Suns attack began in the third inning with a one-out RBI double off the bat of Cutter Dykstra. The Suns were able to put another run across the board after an RBI fielder’s choice by Caleb Ramsey.
The Shorebirds scratched another run across the board on the legs of Mychal Givens who stole back-to-back bases and his third of the game. He scored on a two-out single by Sammie Starr.
Delmarva’s starter Eduardo Rodriguez went six innings and allowed five earned runs on seven hits. His record drops to 2-4 on the season.
The sixth inning of the ball game proved to be the turning point for Hagerstown. Caleb Ramsey led off the sixth inning with a double. Matt Skole advanced Ramsey to third on a groundout to second. Steven Souza, Jr. knocked him in with a sacrifice fly and a close play at the plate after a great throw from Mikey Planeta. Following the close play at the plate, Justin Miller doubled and Hendry Jimenez hit a two-run home run to left-field to put the Suns up 5-4.
Hagerstown never looked back after that point and completed the four game sweep of the Shorebirds.
Suns lefty Bobby Hanson, Jr. only gave up four earned runs after five and a third innings despite five walks. He notched his second consecutive win to boost his record to 2-0.
Christian Meza and Aaron Barrett combined to give up three hits in their three and two-thirds innings of work.
Shorebirds reliever Zach Fowler pitched three scoreless innings to extend his scoreless inning streak to 22 innings. Fowler yielded just one hit over three innings and retired the final six batters he faced. (Bret Lasky)
Similar to Wednesday night in Staten Island, the IronBirds used a big second inning to propel them to victory in Brooklyn, 5-2. The Birds scored three runs in the second and never looked back en route to their second straight victory. 1B Doug Bream finished the night with a pair of RBI.
Following a scoreless first inning, the used patience to load the bases. Facing spot starter Matt Koch, 3B Torsten Boss and SS Joel Hutter led the second inning off with a pair of walks. Koch then hit RF Lucas Herbst to load up the bases. Doug Bream brought home the first run of the night with a ground out to SS Phillip Evans. C Sam Kimmel followed up with a sac fly to right field. CF Anthony Vega finally picked up the IronBirds’ first hit of the inning with a bloop single to center. Vega’s single scored Herbst and gave Aberdeen a three-run advantage.
Doug Bream added to the Birds lead in the fourth when he doubled home Lucas Herbst and Creede Simpson capped off the scoring with a fifth inning single that allowed DH Roderick Bernadina to score from second.
Brooklyn scored an unearned run in the third and plated another in the fifth but that was it for the night.
RHP Juan Guzman started on the hill for Aberdeen and surrendered two runs, one earned, on four hits over 4.1 innings of work. Guzman walked three and struck five. RHP Sander Beck (1-0) picked up the win out the bullpen while RHP Bobby Wilkins notched his first save of the season.
Matt Koch (0-1) got the loss for Brooklyn in his professional debut. (Tim Murray)
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