Written by Michael Williams
Steve Johnson great in his AAA return
Chris Parmalee's bases-clearing double in the 15th inning helped Rochester outlast the Tides 4-1 Wednesday night at Harbor Park.
With the score knotted at 1-1, Rene Rivera started the decisive rally with a one-out single off of Zach Phillips (0-2), who was working his fourth inning of relief. Pedro Florimon followed with a single, and Clete Thomas flied out deep to center to put runners at second and third with two out. After Phillips intentionally walked Matt Carson, Parmalee belted a 2-1 pitch off the left field wall, unloading the bases and giving the Red Wings the lead.
Caleb Thielbar (2-0) earned the win for the Red Wings with 3.2 innings of shutout relief, while Dan Sattler worked the 15th to record his first save of the season.
The 15-inning game was Norfolk's longest of 2012. It was also Norfolk's 15th extra-inning game of the season, the most in the International League.
Tides starter Steve Johnson was impressive in his return to Norfolk as he allowed one run on three hits in six strong innings. He yielded a homer to Matt Carson in the first inning, but ended his outing by retiring each of the last 10 batters he faced. The 24-year-old struck out two without walking a batter as he threw 60 of his 95 pitches for strikes.
L.J. Hoes led Norfolk's offense with two hits and a walk, while Zelous Wheeler added two singles. Hoes has now hit safely in 25 of the last 26 games. (Ian Locke)
Baysox win 5-2
Behind 15 hits and three home runs, the Salem Red Sox soundly defeated the Frederick Keys by a score of 14-4.
In the loss, the Keys potentially made history as a pitcher hit a home run in the contest. Travis Adair, a position player, was called upon to pitch in the seventh inning and in his following at-bat, he hit a home run. With the designated hitter used exclusively in the Carolina League, Adair’s home run was an extremely rare occurrence and the highlight in an otherwise frustrating night.
Adair pitched 2 and 1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs in an atypical appearance on the mound.
The 14 runs allowed tied a season high for runs allowed which was set on July 5th against the Potomac Nationals.
In the loss, the Keys fell behind early 3-0 in the first inning, 8-0 in the fourth, and 12-1 in the sixth, building a seemingly insurmountable deficit early on.
Starting pitcher Scott Copeland was chased from the game early as Salem tagged him for six earned runs in 3 and 2/3 innings, as he allowed ten hits and two home runs.
Salem started the scoring binge with three runs in the first, as Shannon Wilkerson hit a two-run home run to break the ice and put Salem on top 2-0. The next batter, Travis Shaw, launched his 15thhome run of the year to put the Red Sox up 3-0.
It was all downhill from there.
After scoring twice in the third to go up 5-0, Salem added three more runs in the next inning to chase Copeland out of the game and go up 8-0. With two outs and runners on first and second, Xander Bogaerts hit a single to score the first run in the inning and then a single from Michael Almanzar brought two more runners home to give Salem a more than comfortable eight-run lead in the fourth inning.
Salem would score six more times in the evening, including a Sean Coyle three-run home run in the sixth that gave the Red Sox a 12-1 lead.
After Adair’s incredibly rare home run as a pitcher, Michael Mosby hit a two-run home run later on in the inning, but that would be it for the Keys offense as they were limited to just five hits on the night. (Derek LeComte)
O's lose 16-1
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