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Tides lose 5-3
The Durham Bulls rallied for three runs in the fifth inning on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Norfolk Tides on Saturday night. Durham collected their fifth straight victory, tying their season-high win streak.
Rehabbing Rays starter Jeff Niemann struggled in his second outing with the Bulls. Xavier Avery took the 6'9" righthander deep in the night's first at bat, giving the Tides a 1-0 lead five pitches into the game. Niemann found himself in trouble again in the top of the fourth inning. He allowed the first three batters to climb aboard before Luis Expositio stroked an RBI single to make it 2-0. The Tides added a third run on a Brandon Waring sacrifice fly. Avery then lined a ball off of Niemann, who picked it up and fired to first to retire the side, but the big righty would not come back into the game. He finished the night going 4.0 IP, allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits, with 2 walks, 1 strikeout and a home run.
Determined to get Niemann off the hook for a loss, the Bulls battled back. Zach Clark (L, 4-2, 2.17) gave up back-to-back one out walks in the third, setting the stage for Leslie Anderson. Durham's leading hitter smoked an RBI single to left center to put the Bulls on the board.
Ryan Reid (W, 5-2, 3.58) replaced Niemann in the fifth and put the Tides down in order. The Bulls bats rewarded him with a three spot in the second half of the inning. Cole Figueroa started the rally with a bloop double to left field. He moved to third on a single by Reid Brignac and came home on Jesus Feliciano's base hit. Sean Rodriguez, making his first start for the Bulls this season, hit a bases-clearing double down the left field line, giving Durham a 4-3 advantage. It was Rodriguez' first hit with the club since 9/6/09, in game also against the Norfolk Tides.
Reid was lifted after two scoreless frames and was relieved by Frank De Los Santos. Durham padded their lead with an insurance run in the seventh to make it a 5-3 game. After De Los Santos exited after two scoreless frames of his own, Dane De La Rosa entered to earn his 19th save of the year and his 4th in five nights. (Tides Press Office)
Baysox pull out a 5-4 win in the 9th
The Baysox dug themselves out of a four run hole to come back and beat the Harrisburg Senators 5-4 in walk-off fashion after catcher Caleb Joseph’s game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth Saturday. With the win and a loss by Richmond , the Baysox Wild Card lead increases to five games.
“I have been in that spot maybe once or twice this year and I haven’t gotten it done so I really tried to relax,” Joseph said. “I was just trying to hit it in the outfield. We had a lot of guys do a lot of really good things in that inning. After we got two runners on, we felt like the game is really moving in our direction. I was just the lucky one who go to be the by product of the last at-bat.”
The Baysox offense didn’t have any trouble getting on base, recording 14 hits, but struggled to come through with clutch hits early in the game. The team hit just 5-for-15 with runners in scoring position, but was still able to score five unanswered runs to win after falling behind 4-0 in the fifth inning.
“It didn’t look good early, but we battled back with a couple runs here and a couple runs there,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “We kept it close and it was a good job by everyone that participated.”
Harrisburg took their first lead of the series in the top of the third inning when Brian Goodwin hit a solo home run into right field against Baysox starter Tim Bascom to give the Senators a 1-0 lead.
The Senators extended their lead in the top of the fifth inning after Bascom got into some two-out trouble. Goodwin doubled to right field and Jose Lozada followed with a walk before Baysox reliever Robert Hinton replaced him on the mound. Hinton issued a walk to Anthony Rendon to load the bases and Justin Bloxom followed with a triple to center field to clear the bases and give Harrisburg a 4-0 lead.
The Baysox got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning against Harrisburg starter Brian Broderick. First baseman Rhyne Hughes hit a lead off single to center field and third baseman Zelous Wheeler followed with a double to left field that moved Hughes to third base. Hughes scored when right fielder Jai Miller singled to right field and Wheeler scored when left fielder Ty Kelly hit a two-out single to make the score 4-2.
Bowie cut into the lead again in the bottom of the sixth inning. Joseph hit a one out double to center field and scored when Wheeler hit a two-out single to right field to make the score 4-3. Harrisburg reliever Jimmy Barthmaier replaced Broderick on the mound to finish the inning.
The Baysox came back to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning against Harrisburg reliever Pat McCoy. Second baseman Buck Britton drew a lead off walk and Joseph followed with a single to center field that moved Britton to second base. Hughes moved both runners with a sacrifice bunt and Zech Zinicola then replaced McCoy on the mound. Wheeler then plated Britton with a single to center field to tie the game 4-4 before Zinicola retired to next two batters to get out of the inning.
Bowie continued their comeback with fireworks in the bottom of the ninth inning. Schoop drew a lead off walk and Kelly followed with a single to left field. Hughes advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt and Britton was intentionally walked to load the bases. Facing a defensive shift that positioned the right fielder in front of second base, Joseph launched a single into left field on the field pitch to score Schoop and seal the 5-4 win for the Baysox.
Bascom pitched four and two-thirds innings and allowed three runs on four hits while striking out seven batters and walking one in the no decision. Hinton pitched three and one-third innings and allowed one run on two hits while striking out three batters and walking one. Left-handed reliever Mike Belfiore pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the win for the Baysox.
Zinicola pitched one inning and allowed one run on three hits while striking out two and walking to as he earned the blown save and the loss. (Matt Wilson)
Keys shut out 3-0
As the steady rain that had fallen for 20 minutes turned to a downpour the call for the tarp never came. With a runner at first base and two outs in a scoreless game in the sixth inning holding major playoff ramifications the game went on. Instead of the tarp, a fly ball RBI-triple, wild pitch and solo home run happened before the umpires finally pulled the drenched Keys from the field. The game was not resumed and the Keys lost 3-0 in six innings.
Frederick’s loss sinks them a game behind Wilmington in the division as the Blue Rocks were rained out in Lynchburg. A game behind the Keys sit Potomac.
The Keys had multiple opportunities to lead the game but failed to come through. With a runner in scoring position from the second through sixth innings the Keys did not bring a runner home. Eight men were left on base and Frederick went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
The offense struggles and weather foiled another stellar effort from RHP Devin Jones (6-1) who went unblemished until the downpour.
Shorebirds Lose two
The Hagerstown Suns (37-24) broke a 5-5 tie with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the Delmarva Shorebirds (22-39) 6-5 in game two of the doubleheader on Saturday night. Hagerstown also won game one 3-1. The Suns have won all three games in the series.
The Suns took an early lead with two runs in the second inning in game one. Caleb Ramsey drew a lead off walk. Then, JR Higley singled. Shorebirds starter Miguel Chalas was called for a balk to move both runners into scoring position. Cole Leonida followed with a hard single past the dive of Connor Narron to score both runs.
The Suns tacked on a run in the third. Khayyan Norfork singled to open the inning. Then, Cutter Dykstra doubled to deep left field to stretch the lead to 3-0.
Suns starter Brian Rauh limited the Shorebirds offense to just three hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked two batters.
The Shorebirds scored their lone run in the seventh inning. Rauh issued a lead off walk to Michael Ohlman, who reached base for a 20th straight game. Then, Rauh was replaced by Richie Mirowski. Lucas Herbst doubled to right-center field to advance Ohlman to third. Wynston Sawyer hit a hard grounder to short to bring in Ohlman.
Miguel Chalas was pinned with the loss over five innings. He allowed five hits and three runs. Chalas issued a season high four walks with two strikeouts.
In game two, the Shorebirds struck first. Greg Lorenzo was hit by a pitch to open the inning. He stole second base and reached third on a wild pitch. Then, with two outs, Ohlman smacked a single to right-center to put the Shorebirds in front 1-0.
The Suns tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first on a two out RBI single to left field by Adrian Nieto.
In the second, the Suns grabbed the lead on a home run to left-center field by JR Higley.
The Suns used a three run fifth inning to build a 5-1 lead. The Suns had just one hit in the inning, but capitalized on three walks and a hit batter. Caleb Ramsey had the only run scoring hit of the inning.
The Shorebirds battled back in the sixth inning. Lucas Herbst led off the inning with a solo homer to right field. The Shorebirds then loaded the bases with a walk and two singles. Jason Esposito scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 5-3. Then, Roderick Bernadina hit a line drive single down the left field line to tie the game at 5-5.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Suns grabbed the lead back. Bryce Ortega singled to left field and Bernadina bobbled the ball and Ortega sprinted to second. Bernandina’s throw to second scooted into right field, advancing Ortega to third. Then, Burns singled to left field to put the Suns on top 6-5.
Colin Bates retired the Shorebirds in order in the seventh to end the game.
Christian Meza earned the win in game two over two innings. David Baker, who pitched the bottom of the sixth, took the loss. (Bret Lasky)
The IronBirds lost in heartbreaker in extra innings, as Hudson Valley prevailed in a walk-off 8-7 victory. Hudson Valley came back from five runs down, and the Renegades eventually broke the tie with a sacrifice fly in the 11th. For the second night in a row, Aberdeen fell to Hudson Valley by a one-run margin.
The IronBirds jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. Anthony Vega started the 1st with a leadoff walk. Creede Simpson and Torsten Boss followed up with singles, loading the bases with no outs. Joel Hutter drove home Vega on a sacrifice fly to center field. Eduar Quinonez limited the damage to just one run as he got out of the inning with a strikeout of Cameron Edman.
Hudson Valley tied the ballgame up 1-1 in the third inning. After IronBirds’ starting pitcher Brady Wager worked out of jams in the first and second, the Renegades broke through in the third. Joey Rickard led off the inning with a hit by pitch. Richie Shaffer plated Rickard on an RBI single up the middle to tie the game.
In the fifth inning, the scoring started coming in bunches. In the top of the inning, the IronBirds retook the lead 6-1. Creede Simpson hit his fourth home run of the season, and his second home run of the series. The three-run blast made it 4-1, and Aberdeen followed up with two more runs. A Tommy Coyle error helped extend the inning as Cameron Edman hit a sacrifice to score Joel Hutter. Manny Hernandez hit an RBI double to bring home Sam Kimmel to complete the five-run fifth inning.
However, the Renegades stormed back with their own rally in the fifth. Brady Wager walked Joey Rickard to start the inning. Four consecutive base hits followed, including RBI singles from Richie Shaffer and Luke Maile. Ryan Dunn drove home a pair of runs with a two-run double. Sander Beck came on to replace Wager with Dunn at second representing the tying run. Dunn advanced on two wild pitches from Beck, coming home to tie the game 6-6.
Sander Beck pitched a fantastic outing in relief. Despite the wild pitches to tie the game, Beck bounced back with three strong innings without allowing a run. Beck allowed just one hit and struck out a career-high seven batters.
Josh Hader came on to replace Sander Beck in the eighth inning. After a 1-2-3 inning, Hader came out in the ninth to preserve the 6-6 tie. A walk to Richie Shaffer put the winning run aboard. After Shaffer moved up to second, Ryan Dunn hit a slow grounder to short. Joel Hutter fielded but his throw was high, allowing Dunn to reach. However, Shaffer rounded third heading for home and he was caught in a rundown. Edman threw to Boss and third, who threw to home and Kalush applied the tag on a close play at the plate.
The Renegades broke the deadlock in the eleventh to take the victory in walk-off fashion. With Bennett Parry on the mound for the ‘Birds, Charles Epperson led off the eleventh with a single into left. He then stole second base, and the throw from Scott Kalush went into centerfield allowing Epperson to advance to third on the error. Tommy Coyle hit a high fly ball into centerfield and Anthony Vega’s throw was not in time to get Epperson tagging up. The sacrifice fly gave Hudson Valley the 7-6 walk-off victory, extending their winning streak to eight games.
Bennett Parry took the loss for the IronBirds, falling to 0-2 on the season. Marcus Jensen, who pitched a perfect 11th inning, recorded the win, improving his record to 4-1. Jordan Harrison came on in relief of starter Eduar Quinonez, and he pitched 3.1 innings without allowing a baserunner. Harrison got 10 outs on 10 batters faced. Dylan Floro also pitched well for a solid bullpen showing from both clubs, as he pitched through the ninth and tenth innings without allowing a run. (Tim Murray)
O's lose 4-3
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