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Jake Arrieta pitching well.
First inning home runs by Joe Mahoney and Brandon Waring helped power Norfolk to an 8-2 win over the Columbus Clippers Thursday night at Harbor Park.
The Tides sent eight men to the plate in the first frame against Eric Berger (2-4), taking a 5-0 lead. Mahoney belted a one-out, three-run homer to put the Tides on the board, and three batters later Waring followed with a two-run shot to left field.
Mahoney finished with three hits in the contest, and he's now hit .337 (32-for-95) with six doubles, three home runs and eight RBI over his last 13 games.
The early offense was more than enough for Jake Arrieta, who improved to 3-1 in his fourth start with Norfolk. Arrieta allowed two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings of work, as he walked four and struck out five. The 26-year-old threw 64 of his season-high 116 pitches for strikes.
L.J. Hoes added three hits and a walk in five plate appearances to help push the Tides (57-56) over the .500 mark. Hoes has now reached base safely in 13 of his last 18 plate appearances, as he's collected eight singles and five walks over his last four contests.
With the win, Norfolk surpassed its win total from the 2011 season, when the Tides finished with a 56-87 record. (Ian Locke)
Schoop homers, Baysox win 5-3
The Baysox won their second straight game over the New Britain Rock Cats last night by a score of 5-3 to take their third straight home series. The Baysox got the scoring started in the second inning when Rhyne Hughes scored on a wild pitch. They added three more runs in the third inning. Jonathan Schoop led off the inning with a solo home run, his 13th of the season. Then with two runners on Buck Britton hit an RBI single that scored Widlansky and then on an error Rhyne Hughes also scored to make the score 4-0. The Rock Cats got on the board in the top of the fifth on back to back home runs by Chris Colabello and Deibinson Romero to make the score 4-2. Caleb Joseph then got one run back on a solo home run in the sixth to make the score 5-2. The Rock Cats threatened in the ninth scoring one run, but Kyler Newby was able to get the final out with the tying run in scoring positon. Jake Pettit picked up the win going six innings and allowing two runs on four hits. Newby got his ninth save of the season. Steve Hirschfeld got the loss going five innings and allowing four runs, three earned on seven hits. (Baysox Press)
Keys win 5-4
Keys C Allan De San Miguel registered three hits and drove home the lead run in the eighth inning as Frederick defeated Lynchburg 5-4 for their first series sweep of the 2012 season. The Keys overcame three one-run deficits in the victory.
Tied at 3-all in the eighth inning, RF Jeremy Nowak extended his hitting streak to eleven games with a leadoff single to center field. After a sacrifice bunt by 1B Mike Flacco moved the runner into scoring position, De San Miguel roped a double to the alley-way in eright-center field to score Nowak scoring with the lead run. A batter later, 2B Travis Adair singled home De San Miguel to give Frederick a 5-3 lead.
De San Miguel would exit though in the bottom of the eighth inning running full-speed into fencing just to the side of the backstop chasing a foul ball. C Joe Oliveira would enter in his place.
Lynchburg rallied to make it close against reliever with two outs in the ninth inning. 2B Emerson Landoni legged out an infield single and then scored on a double high off the left field wall by CF Mycal Jones. Walters would settle down and strike out SS Nick Ahmed swinging to put the wraps on his tenth save of the season.
Frederick got a career-high seven innings from RHP Devin Jones who picked up a win in a third consecutive start. Keys starters have pitched into the sixth inning in six straight games. The Keys remain within a game of both Wilmington and Potomac in the North Division. (Adam Pohl)
The Delmarva Shorebirds (16-23) dropped the series finale to the Lakewood BlueClaws (22-19) 10-0. It was their final game on the home stand in which they went 3-3.
Both teams went scoreless in the first, but Lakewood began their attack in a big way in the top of the second. William Carmona led off with a single and was followed by a walk by Josh Ludy and a single by Trey Ford. After a strikeout, Tim Carver, belted a grand slam over the left field fence to put Lakewood up 4-0.
The BlueClaws would extend their lead with an RBI single by Maikel Franco in the fifth to boost their lead to 5-0.
Lakewood clawed another run across the board when ‘Birds reliever Bobby Wilkins dropped a toss from first baseman Connor Narron trying to cover first. Maikel Franco came into score on the error.
The Blueclaws put a few insurance runs on the board in the top half of the ninth. Brock Stassi led off with a double and later scored on a Maikel Franco single. Franco and Kelly Dugan scored on a single by Brian Pointer. Pointer scored the final run of the game on a Trey Ford single to center.
Mikey Planeta recorded two of the Shorebirds three hits. He had a single in the first and a double in the sixth, but Delmarva couldn’t knock him in.
The winning pitcher for Lakewood was starter Hoby Milner (3-2) who went seven strong innings giving up just three hits and zero runs. He also recorded seven strikeouts.
Felix Santos finished the job for the BlueClaws. He pitched two innings of relief retiring all six batters in order.
The losing pitcher on the evening was Delmarva Starter Parker Bridwell (4-8), who went five innings and surrendered five runs on seven hits while walking four.
Bobby Wilkins made his Shorebirds debut pitching two innings and giving up two hits.
Also making his Delmarva debut was reliever Alex Schmarzo who pitched one inning of relief but gave up four runs on three hits. He also struck out one and walked two.
Finishing the game for the ‘Birds was Gene Escat who gave up one hit and one walk in one inning of relief. (Bret Lasky)
For the second consecutive night, the Williamsport Crosscutters walk-off winners against the Aberdeen IronBirds as the Cutters topped the Birds 6-5 in 10 innings on Thursday night. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth inning, RHP Sander Beck walked RF Zach Taylor. Taylor’s walk allowed Walding to score from third and end the ballgame.
Similar to the series opener, the IronBirds trailed early on Thursday night. Entering the seventh inning, the Birds trailed 3-1. With one out and Scott Kalush on second, DH Lucas Herbst cut the IronBirds deficit to one with a RBI double to right field.
Aberdeen took their first lead of the night in the eighth inning. SS Joel Hutter led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by SS Roman Quinn. 2B Creede Simpson followed up with a RBI single to center to tie the game up at three. Following a Will Howard infield single and Anthony Vega sac bunt, RHP Ramon Oviedo exited the game with two men in scoring position. RHP Jeb Stefan entered out of the Crosscutters’ bullpen while the IronBirds turned to Sam Kimmel off the bench. Kimmel delivered with a two-run single to right field. Simpson and Howard scored on the play to give the IronBirds a 5-3 lead.
Williamsport quickly responded in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs and men on first and second, 3B Mitch Walding hit a bloop base that dropped into left field. 2B Tyler Greene scored on the play and CF Kyle Hoppy advanced from first to third. Chace Numata followed up Walding with a RBI single into right field to tie the game up at five.
For the third time in the last six games, the IronBirds headed to extra innings on Thursday night. After being held scoreless in the top of the tenth, 2B Roman Quinn led off the bottom of the tenth with an infield single. Quinn then stole second and advanced to third after Kimmel’s throw ricocheted off Quinn into left field. With the game’s winning run just 90-feet away, RHP Sander Beck intentionally walked Mitch Walding and Chace Numata to load the bases. Beck struck out 1B Chris Serritella for the first out of the inning and got Larry Greene to ground into a 6-2 fielder’s choice. With two down, RF Zach Taylor stepped to the dish. Taylor did not need to swing his bat to win the game. Beck walked Taylor on five pitches as Walding came in from third as the game’s winning run.
Jeb Stefan (1-1) picked out the win out of the Crosscutters bullpen while Sander Beck (1-3) got the loss.
RHP Kevin Brady started for Williamsport on the night and did not factor in the decision. Brady surrendered three hits over four shutout innings.
RHP Sebastian Vader allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits over six innings of work. (Tim Murray)
O's win 8-0
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