There was a lot of excitement in the minors last night, which included superb pitching, a shutout, a walk-off win, and a blowout. What more could you ask for?
Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 4, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins) 3 (F/10)
Norfolk starter Kyle Bradish was on point last night. He struck out eight batters over five innings and allowed an unearned run, which was the result of a fielding error by Mason McCoy in the third.
The Tides did all of their scoring late in the game. Rylan Bannon hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to tie the game at one. After Jacksonville retook the lead in the top of the eighth, Norfolk got an RBI single from Tyler Nevin in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score at two.
A scoreless ninth sent the game into extras. With Jacksonville ahead by one in the bottom of the 10th, Zach Jarrett tied it with an RBI single and Kyle Stowers delivered the walk-off win with an RBI single.
Adley Rutschman was 1-for-5 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. He’s hitting .327 with a .952 OPS at Triple-A. Stowers finished the night 1-for-4 with a walk and a RBI and Tyler Nevin was 2-for-4 with a RBI. In four trips to the plate, Rylan Bannon had three strikeouts and his 15th home run of the year.
Double-A: Bowie Baysox 3, Altoona Curve (Pirates) 1
Last night at Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie starter Drew Rom had his third scoreless outing in a row. He also got the win after tossing five scoreless innings with no hits, no walks, and seven strikeouts. Diogenes Almengo worked a scoreless ninth for his 15th save of the year.
The Baysox had a total of three hits last night en route to their victory. Westburg was 1-for-4 with a run scored, Patrick Dorrian was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBI, and Shayne Fontana was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run.
Jordan Westburg led the game off with a double, advanced to third on a throwing error by left fielder Jack Suwinski, and came around to score on a throwing error by Altoona starter Jeffrey Passantino. Baysox third baseman Patrick Dorrian added to the score with a two-run home run in the third inning. It was his 21st long ball of the year. The Baysox maintained the lead for the entire game, with Altoona pushing across a single run in the eighth.
High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 1, Greenville Drive (Red Sox) 0
A home run by IronBirds’ first baseman TT Bowens was the difference in last night’s game. Aberdeen did manage five other hits, but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position as a team.
Bowens’ solo home run in the fourth inning was his his fourth long ball with Aberdeen and 17th of the year. He hit 13 dongs in 64 games with Delmarva before his promotion to High-A.
Aberdeen’s pitching staff was firing on all cylinders, with three pitchers combining to shutout the Greenville Drive. Starter Zach Peek tossed five scoreless innings with two hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. He earned his fourth win of the season and carries a 3.22 ERA into his next start. Adam Stauffer got the hold with three scoreless innings, and Garrett Farmer recorded his eighth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 13, Salem Red Sox 4
The Shorebirds offense burst out last night on the road against Salem, scoring 13 runs on 15 hits and six walks. They went 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Young third baseman Coby Mayo (.340 BA) led the charge for Delmarva, going 3-for-5 with a walk, two runs, a solo home run, and four RBI. Colton Cowser (.351) was 3-for-5 with a walk, two runs, and three RBI, while Connor Norby (.253) went 1-for-4 with a walk, run and two RBI. First baseman Jacob Teter (.302) also had a pair of hits, including a two-run home run.
Delmarva starter Carlos Tavera was a bit wild last night, allowing three walks and one run in 3.1 innings. The first pitcher out of the Shorebirds’ bullpen, Gregori Vasquez, gave up two runs in 2.2 innings but still came away with the win.
Complete box scores from last night’s games can be found here.
Saturday’s scheduled games
- Norfolk vs. Jacksonville, 7:05 PM. Starter: Dean Kremer (1-5, 5.40 ERA)
- Bowie vs. Altoona, 6:35 PM. Starter: TBD
- Aberdeen vs. Greenville, 6:05 PM. Starter: Griffin McLarty (1-1, 3.20 ERA)
- Delmarva at Salem, 6:05 PM. Starter: Houston Roth (8-3, 3.95 ERA)