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Tides win 4-0
Zach Clark tossed a complete game three-hit shutout to pitch the Tides past the Gwinnett Braves 4-0 in front of 7,704 fans Friday night at Harbor Park.
Clark (5-2) was brilliant as he struck out five without walking a batter to help the Tides register their fourth straight win. Over that span, Norfolk has tossed three shutouts while allowing just one run over 32 innings.
Clark retired each of the last 14 batters he faced and needed just 95 pitches - 71 for strikes - in the complete game effort. The victory was his 15th of the season, putting him in a tie for second among all minor league pitchers, one shy of Class-A Modesto's Christian Bergman.
The nine-inning complete game shutout was Norfolk's 2nd of the season, following a complete game effort from Brian Matusz on July 6 at Charlotte.
The Tides got all the runs they would need in the fifth inning, as Jamie Hoffmann belted a leadoff homer off Gwinnett starter Yohan Flande (6-11). The home run was Hoffmann's 10th of the season and his 4th against the Braves in 2012.
Norfolk added three insurance runs in the eighth inning on RBI hits by Ronny Paulino and Joe Mahoney and a bases loaded walk of Endy Chavez.
Sammie Starr, promoted from Delmarva earlier Friday, made his first appearance for the Tides this season to become the 75th different player used by Norfolk in 2012. The 75 players is a new International League record, surpassing the 74 players used by the 2003 Louisville Bats.
Baysox Crush Harrisburg. Pettit cruises.
The Bowie Baysox (76-62) moved to a new season high 14 games over .500 as they pounded out 14 hits in a 9-2 victory over the Harrisburg Senators (62-76) on Friday night.
Despite the win the Baysox win, the Akron Aeros clinched the Western Division title with an 8-1 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Baysox will now open up the playoffs on Wednesday, September 5 at Prince George’s Stadium against the Aeros.
The Baysox struck first in the top of the third inning. Brian Ward hit a one out double and then scored when the next batter Antoan Richardson also doubled to make the score 1-0.
Seth Bynum immediately answered back in the bottom of the third with a lead off home run to make the score 1-1.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Baysox took the lead back. Robbie Widlansky led off with a double and then scored on a two-out single by Zelous Wheeler. Josh Barfield followed with an RBI double to knock in Wheeler and give the Baysox a 3-1 lead.
Destin Hood cut the lead to one in the fifth inning when he hit the second lead off home run for the Senators and made the score 3-2.
The Baysox batted around in the seventh and scored five more runs. Zelous Wheeler led off the inning with a double and scored after two wild pitches by Kevin Pucetas. Brian Ward then walked and scored on a triple by Richardson. After a pitching change, Jonathan Schoop knocked in Richardson with an RBI double. Then with the bases loaded Ronnie Welty capped the scoring with a two-run single to give the Baysox an 8-2 lead.
In the eighth inning, the Baysox added another run when Ward hit an RBI double that knocked in Zelous Wheeler to make the score 9-2.
Jake Pettit got the win going seven innings and allowing two runs on three hits while equaling a season high with nine strikeouts and no walks.
Kevin Pucetas got the loss going 6.1 innings and allowing six runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Keys win 5-4
A road trip that saw the Keys playoff hopes come to a close ended on a positive note, as the Keys rallied for four seventh inning runs in a 5-4 win in Salem Friday night. The victory salvaged a game in the four-game series with the Red Sox.
Down 4-1 into the 7th inning, Salem reliever Scott Swinson hit SS Mike Rooney with a breaking ball to open the inning. He followed that with a walk of CF Glynn Davis. The runners were at second and third base with two outs when RF Jeremy Nowak provided a line drive two-RBI double near the right field line.
Swinson was lifted for Marco Duarte who pitched two scoreless innings against Frederick on Tuesday night. But Duarte was not sharp as he walked LF Steve Bumbry on four pitches and then allowed a two-RBI double to right-center field off the bat of 2B Travis Adair. The Keys had four two-out runs and a newfound 5-4 lead.
LHP Matt Bywater and RHP Ryan Berry combined to retire the final nine Salem batters putting a stam on the win. Berry picked up his 11th save in the effort.
Starter Devin Jones (7-1) got the win going six innings wile allowing four runs, three of which earned. He finishes the season with seven wins in his last eight starts.
Shorebirds lose 3-2
West Virginia second baseman Taylor Lewis hit a two out home run to right field in the eighth inning to lift the Power to a 3-2 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Friday night at Appalachian Power Park.
The Power struck first in the second inning. Dan Gamache hit a lead off double and scored on a two out single by Francisco Diaz.
In the fourth, the Power built a 2-0 lead. Gregory Polanco singled and Jose Osuna hit a double to right-center field to score Polanco from first.
The Shorebirds battled back in the seventh inning. Adrian Marin reached on an infield single and later scored on a single into center field by Wynston Sawyer. With two outs, Jason Esposito hit a single through the right side of the infield to score Michael Ohlman, who had two hits on the night.
In the eighth inning, Taylor Lewis hit a solo homer to right field to break a 2-2 tie and vault the Power into the lead.
Relievers Robbie Kilcrease and Nathan Kilcrease combined to shutdown the Shorebirds over the final two innings to give West Virginia the win in game one.
Shorebirds starter Miguel Chalas went five innings and allowed five hits and two runs. He struck out three and walked one batter.
Alex Schmarzo went three innings and allowed just three hits and one run, the home run by Lewis. Schmarzo struck out five and did not issue a walk.
Ironbirds lose 2-1 in extras
In the first game of the final series this season at Ripken Stadium, the IronBirds and Hudson Valley Renegades competed in a pitching duel last night, allowing minimal hits and no runs in four innings. In extra innings, after keeping the Renegades scoreless for eight innings, the IronBirds gave up the win 2-1.
Birds RHP Brady Wager notched a career-high six strikeouts in his 6.0 innings pitched and gave up a season-low two hits. Renegades RHP Jesse Hahn, in his first professional season after missing the 2011 season following Tommy John surgery, struck out five batters in five innings, and gave up five hits and one run.
Hudson’s 2B Thomas Coyle picked up his 19th stolen base of the season in the top of the fourth inning before being left stranded by a ground out from SS Leonardo Reginatto.
IronBirds plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. C Sam Kimmel scored on an RBI sacrifice fly from LF Will Howard. Last night Hahn gave up his first run since August 10th; Hahn held 19 consecutive innings without a run.
Visiting Aberdeen on rehab assignment from the Bowie Baysox, DH Aaron Baker got his first hit of the night in the bottom of the sixth. Baker smacked a deep double to CF Joey Rickard.
Relief LHP Josh Hader continued his scoreless streak in his fourth game with the IronBirds. Hader picked up his sixth consecutive scoreless inning last night in the top of the eighth after 2.0 innings pitched.
Following eight scoreless innings for the Renegades, DH Richie Shaffer tied the game with a solo homerun over left field in the top of the ninth against RHP Sander Beck. In the next inning, Beck struck out the side in order to move to the bottom of the tenth.
In the top of the 11th, Birds RHP Jose Nivar gave up the leading run to Hudson Valley when Shaffer scored from second on an RBI infield single from Reginatto.
Renegades closing pitcher Marcus Jenson (5-1, 3.90) took the win last night after2.0 innings pitched and four strikeouts. IronBirds Jose Nivar (2-3, 4.83) took the loss after 1.0 innings.
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