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DURHAM, NC - The Norfolk Tides smashed four home runs to help them earn a split in a quick two game series at the DBAP, cruising past the Bulls 10-5. Bill Hall collected four RBI as the Tides pulled even in the season series with Durham, as the division rivals have each won five games against one another.
Norfolk jumped out to a quick lead in the first, with Nate McLouth scoring on the first of Hall's four RBI. Alex Torres (3-4, 6.84) then allowed a 2-run shot over the Blue Monster to L.J Hoes, extending the deficit to 4-0. The left handed pitcher struggled through his three innings of work, taking his fourth loss of the season.
Tommy Hunter (2-0, 4.50) looked nearly unhittable until the top of the third inning when the Bulls scratched out a run thanks to back-to-back singles from Cole Figueroa and Jesus Feliciano. In the following frame, Brandon Allen and Henry Wrigley launched back-to-back solo home runs to pull the Bulls to within one.
Hall replied to Durham's rally with a 3-run shot in the fifth, his tenth of the season. Trailing 7-3 in the sixth, the Bulls knocked Hunter out of the game with two runs. Right when it looked like Durham could muster the offense to rally all the way back, Lew Ford and McLouth clubbed back-to-back home runs in the eighth, securing the 10-5 victory for Norfolk. The Bulls failed to complete the mini-sweep of Norfolk, losing out on an opportunity to gain more ground on the second place Tides.
Harrisburg leads late.
Baysox (42-43) first baseman Rhyne Hughes provided an offensive spark with a grand slam, but it wasn’t enough as the team still fell to the Harrisburg Senators (45-40) 8-6 Thursday night to drop down below .500.
The Baysox offense used two home runs to score six runs on six hits, but also struck out nine times while Harrisburg was more effective at spreading 13 hits throughout their lineup to score runs in four different innings.
The Baysox pitching staff has allowed seven or more runs in each of their past three games as the starting pitchers have struggled to limit the early damage.
“We have just been working uphill a little bit with our bullpen just because of how exposed it was on the road,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “When you have to run guys out there a little bit longer than you want to and you aren’t fresh, it affects you.”
Harrisburg struck first in the top of the third inning against Baysox left-handed starting pitcher Jake Pettit. Sean Nico hit a lead off triple to right-center field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Kobernus to give the Senators a 1-0 lead.
The Senators struck again in the top of the fourth inning. Chris Rahl hit a lead off single to center field and moved to third base when Zach Walters hit a one out single to center field. Sandy Leon plated Rahl with a sacrifice fly to center field and Justin Bloxom followed with a two-run home run to left field to give Harrisburg a 4-0 lead.
The Baysox tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning against Harrisburg reliever Robert Gilliam. Right fielder Josh Barfield drew a one out walk, designated hitter Robbie Widlansky was hit by a pitch and shortstop Manny Machado drew a walk to load the bases. Hughes brought everyone home with a grand slam home run to right field to tie the game 4-4. It was Hughes’ first grand slam of the season and the team’s second.
“I wasn’t trying to hit a grand slam, but I was looking for something up to try to get at least one run across,” Hughes said. “We were down four there and I just wanted to get something on the board.”
Harrisburg retook the lead in the top of the sixth inning when Jimmy Van Ostrand hit a solo home run to right-center field to give the Senators a 5-4 lead.
The Senators extended their lead in the top of the seventh inning. Eury Perez hit a one out single to center field and stole second and third base with Kobernus batting. Kobernus singled to center field to bring Perez home and right-handed reliever Pat Egan then replaced Pettit on the mound. The first batter Egan faced, Destin Hood, doubled to left field to plate Kobernus and Rahl followed with a walk. With two outs, Walters walked to load the bases and Leon singled to left field to plate Hood before Rahl was thrown out at home to end the inning with Harrisburg leading 8-4.
Bowie cut into the lead in the top of the eighth inning against Zech Zinicola. Ronnie Welty hit a pinch-hit single to left field and scored when shortstop Manny Machado hit a towering home run to left field to make the score 8-6.
Pettit pitched six and one-third innings and allowed seven runs on 11 hits while striking out two batters in the loss. Egan pitched two and two-thirds innings and allowed one run on two hits while striking out one batter and walking two.
Erik Davis earned the win for Harrisburg , pitching three scoreless innings and allowing two hits while striking out two batters.
Potomac turned a nip and tuck affair into a blowout as the Nationals scored the game’s final 13 runs as the Keys fell 14-3 on Thursday night at Pfitzner Stadium. Frederick led the game 3-1 into the bottom of the sixth inning but as the final out was recorded that lead felt like a distant past.
The Keys grabbed the lead in the fourth inning with two triples. CF Trent Mummey ripped a ball into the right-center field gap for a triple with one retired. After a four-pitch walk to 2B Ty Kelly, 1B Aaron Baker repeated the feat, tripling hard off of the glove of Nats 1B Stephen King to drive home both baserunners grabbing a 2-1 advantage.
An inning later the Keys brought home a third run. After SS Travis Adair legged out an infield single. On a hit and run 3B Mike Mosby lined a ball in the right-center gap scoring Adair with ease. The RBI-double gave the Keys a 3-1 lead.
But things fell apart for Frederick in the sixth inning. Having not allowed an earned run entering, starter Tyler Wilson did not get an out. A fielding error, single and three-run David Freitas home run pushed Wilson from the contest.
Down just 4-3 Frederick struggled out of the pen. RHP Oscar Melendez retired the first five batters he faced but in the 7th inning allowed three consecutive singles, followed by two wild pitches and a walk. He was followed by RHP David Baker who faced nine batter and got two outs. SS Travis Adair was summoned to get the final two outs in the eighth inning. All-in-all the Keys pen allowed ten runs in three innings.
Reliever Devin Jones shutdown the Hickory Crawdads (11-4) over the final four innings to lift the Delmarva Shorebirds (4-10) to a 6-4 win on Thursday night at L.P. Frans Stadium. It was the Shorebirds first win over the Crawdads in five tries this season.
The Crawdads tallied runs in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. In the first, Drew Robinson hit a two out double off the base of the right-center field wall to give the Crawdads a 1-0 lead. In the second, Rougned Odor singled home Jhonny Gomez.
The Shorebirds tied the game in the fourth inning. Connor Narron drew a two out walk. Then, Michael Ohlman followed with a two run home run over the high right field wall to tie the game.
After the Shorebirds squandered a chance to take the lead in the top of the fifth, the Crawdads took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Jorge Alfaro singled. Then, Chris Grayson walked. Jhonny Gomez followed with a double down the left field line to put the Crawdads in front 4-2.
The Shorebirds responded with three runs on one hit in the sixth inning. Narron hit a leadoff single and Ohlman drew a walk. Crawdads starter Victor Payano was removed from the game and Arlett Mavare entered. Wynston Sawyer walked to load the bases. Then, Narron scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 4-3. Mychal Givens hit a chopper to first and Trevor Adams threw low to the plate, allowing both Ohlman and Sawyer to score to give the Shorebirds a 5-4 lead.
The ‘Birds added an insurance run in the eighth inning. Givens hit a two out single into center field. Glynn Davis lined a single into left field and Sammie Starr was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Then, Crawdads reliever Santo Perez was called for a balk to force in Givens.
Miguel Chalas earned his seventh win of the season over five innings.
he Scrappers used a pair of big innings to fuel an 11-4 victory of the IronBirds on Thursday night. Mahoning Valley plated five runs in the second inning and six more runs in the fourth en route to the win.
LHP Cameron Coffey made his third start of the season for the IronBirds on Thursday. Coffey struck out the first two batters he faced and retired the side in order in the first inning. The Scrappers’ bats exploded in the second inning. Mahoning Valley scored five runs on six innings in the frame. SS Jairo Kelly capped off the big inning with a two-run triple to right-center.
Coffey exited the contest after the second inning. He allowed five runs on six hits while striking out four and walking none.
Despite loading the bases in the top of the first with no outs, Aberdeen did not get on the board until the third inning. CF Anthony Vega led off the third with a single to centerfield. Later in the frame, 1B Cameron Edman lined a Luis DeJesus pitch up the middle. Vega, who stole his fifth base of the season during the third, scored from second on Edman’s single.
Still ahead by four runs, Mahoning Valley tagged reliever Dustin Ward for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. With a pair of runs already home in the inning, RF Juan Romero stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. Romero, who had struck out in his first two at-bats of the night, line a Dustin Ward pitch into the gap into right-center. CF Tyler Naquin, 3B Joe Wendle, and LF Aaron Seliga all scored on the play. Romero slid into third with his first triple of the season. 2B Robel Garcia drove in the Scrappers’ final run of the inning with a RBI single to left field.
The IronBirds scored three runs off RHP Luis Encarnacion in the top of the sixth but it was too little, too late for the Birds.
1B Cameron Edman led off the top of the seventh for Aberdeen. Edman was rung up on an outside breaking ball. On his way back to the dugout, Edman was ejected from the game. Following Edman’s ejection, IronBirds’ manager Gary Allenson got a heated discussion with home plate umpire Ben Levin. Allenson was eventually ejected from the game as well.
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