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Nate McLouth belted a solo homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth, powering Norfolk to a 5-4 comeback win over the Syracuse Chiefs Monday night at Harbor Park.
With the score knotted at 4-4 in the ninth, Syracuse reliever Hassan Pena (3-4) retired the first two batters he faced before McLouth launched a 3-1 fastball over the right-center field wall. The homer was McLouth's third of the season and lifted Norfolk to the .500 mark for the first time since the club opened the season 2-2.
The walk-off homer was Norfolk's second of the season, following a 14th inning homer by John Hester on April 13 vs. Charlotte.
The Tides had trailed 4-1 after four innings, but Norfolk plated single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames to tie the score.
McLouth finished with three RBI in the contest, as he drove home Xavier Avery with sacrifice flies in the first and seventh innings. McLouth has now hit safely in three straight games, going 5-for-12 with a homer and five RBI.
Brad Bergesen (4-3) earned the win with two shutout innings of relief. He stranded a runner at second base in the eighth, then stranded runners at second and third in the ninth to lower his ERA to 3.86. He's now posted a 2.01 ERA in nine outings as a reliever this season.
Bill Hall had three hits for Norfolk, while Avery finished with two hits, two walks, two runs and a stolen base.
Xavier Paul paced Syracuse with two hits and two RBI, including a solo homer in the fourth inning.
Norfolk has now won three straight, 10 of their last 13 and 14 of their last 19. (Ian Locke)
Manny Machado has mastered AA
The Bowie Baysox (42-40) used a big fifth inning to beat the New Britain Rock Cats (44-37) 11-2 on Monday night.
The Rock Cats got out to the early lead in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Oswaldo Arcia tripled and then scored on an RBI single by Chris Colabello to make the score 1-0.
In the fourth inning, the Baysox took the lead. With the bases loaded and one out, Manny Machado hit a two-run single to give the Baysox a 2-1 lead.
The Baysox broke the game open when they scored six runs with two outs in the fifth inning. Josh Barfield started the scoring with an RBI single that knocked in Antoan Richardson. After Robbie Widlansky doubled to put two runners on, Machado hit another RBI single. Rhyne Hughes followed with a two-run double and then Buck Britton hit a two-run home run to cap the scoring in the inning and make the score 8-1.
In the sixth, the Rock Cats got one run back on an RBI single by Evan Bigley to make the score 8-2.
The Baysox added to the lead in the ninth inning. They loaded up the bases with one out in the inning and then Hughes hit a two-run single. With two outs in the inning, Jai Miller hit an RBI single that extended the lead to 11-2.
Chris Petrini picked up the win, throwing three innings in relief and allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Shairon Martis got the loss. He allowed eight runs, six earned on eight hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
Tomorrow, the Baysox will wrap up their eight-game road trip tomorrow when RHP Bobby Bundy (2-9, 4.79) takes on LHP Blake Martin (2-3, 3.31). (Baysox Press)
Delmarva Shorebirds (2-9) pitchers Matt Taylor and Zach Fowler held the West Virginia Power (6-6) scoreless over the final seven innings en route to a 4-2 game four win on Monday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Adam Davis anchored the offensive attack with a 3-for-3 night and two RBIs in his first start for the Shorebirds since May 11.
West Virginia scored the first two runs of the game. In the first inning, Alen Hanson reached on an error by Mychal Givens. After stealing second, Hanson scored on a single by Willy Garcia. In the second, Chris Lashmet and Elias Diaz hit singles to open the inning. After a sacrifice bunt, Lashmet scored on a groundout by Hanson.
The Shorebirds cut into the deficit in the fourth inning. With two outs, Adam Davis reached on a hit by pitch. West Virginia starter Robby Rowland walked the next batter and threw two wild pitches during the following at-bat, allowing Davis to score.
In the sixth inning, Connor Narron singled and advanced to second on a bunt. Then, Adam Davis crushed a two-run home run to left field to give the Shorebirds a 3-2 edge.
Shorebirds starter Matt Taylor went a career long seven innings to earn his third win of the season. Taylor allowed eight hits and one earned run.
The Shorebirds scored an insurance run in the seventh against reliever Rinku Singh. After Singh issued back-to-back walks, catcher Elias Diaz fired high to second on a double steal, allowing Glynn Davis to score.
Zach Fowler tossed two scoreless innings to increase his scoreless innings streak to 24. He has not allowed an earned run to cross since April 28. Fowler picked up his second save of the season. (Bret Lasky)
A grand slam by 2B Jose Rosario gave the Yankees a victory Monday night at Ripken Stadium, 7-5. Staten Island put four runs on the board in the sixth inning to seal the win. The IronBirds and the Yankees are all tied up in the series, 1-1.
Facing starter David Richardson, 1B Matt Snyder brought home the first run of the night on a line drive to centerfield for the Yankees. The Birds responded with a pair of runs on the board in the bottom of the first. CF Roderick Bernadina singled LF Will Howard home, his 6th RBI of the season. SS Joel Hutter slapped a single to shortstop, allowing 2B Creede Simpson to score for Aberdeen.
Following a scoreless second inning, Staten Island tied it back up in the third DH Saxon Butler doubled to right field. 3B Fu-Lin Kuo’s RBI scored Butler home. RF Roberto Ortiz’s sacrifice fly to center field, gave 1B Cameron Edman his first run of the season for the IronBirds.
Aberdeen plated a run in the fifth, C Pedro Perez doubled home Dudley Leonora.
In the top of the sixth, Rosario came to the plate against RHP Sander Beck. Rosario sent the ball over left field for a grand slam. Rosario’s first home run of the season gave the Yankees a two run advantage.
Rehabber, Ronnie Welty’s fly ball to center field doubled Howard home in the bottom of the eighth but it was not enough for the win.
Staten Island increased their lead in the top of the ninth, Kuo capped off the scoring with his second RBI of the game. Snyder scored the final run of the night, securing the Yankee win, 7-5. (Tim Murray)
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