Written by Michael Williams
Tides win 8 - 0
Despite a pair of home runs the Bowie Baysox (68-61) dropped their third straight game overall and second straight to the Richmond Flying Squirrels (65-64) by a score of 7-3 on Tuesday night.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Squirrels struck for four runs with two outs. After drawing a lead off walk, Gary Brown was at third with two outs. Wes Hodges knocked him in for the first run of the game. Johnny Monell followed with a walk and then Mark Minicozzi hit a two-run double to center field. Ehire Adrianza capped the scoring in the inning with a double to left that made the score 4-0.
The Squirrels added another run in the third inning when Minicozzi hit into a double play with the bases loaded that allowed Juan Perez to score and increase the lead to 5-0.
In the fifth inning, the Baysox got on the board. Jai Miller led off with a single and then Brian Ward crushed his first home run of the season to left field to cut the lead to 5-2.
Caleb Joseph cut the lead to two runs in the sixth inning with his 11th home run of the season that made the score 5-3.
In the seventh inning, the Squirrels got two insurance runs back. With one out Nick Liles singled and Gary Brown doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Daniel Mayora then grounded out to second, but on the play Liles scored. Perez followed with a bloop single to right that knocked in Brown and made the score 7-3.
Chris Gloor got the win going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
Rick Zagone was credited with all seven runs in the loss. He would end up going 6.1 innings and allow eight hits while striking out one and walking three.
Keys fall 5-4
After Wilmington took a 5-4 lead in the fourth inning, the Blue Rocks flipped a switch and went into shutdown mode, not allowing another base runner to Frederick the rest of the game, as they claimed a 5-4 victory over the Keys at Harry Grove Stadium.
In total, Wilmington retired the final 19 batters in a row as Frederick was demonstrating a lesson in futility against the likes of Blue Rocks starter Andy Ferguson and reliever Edwin Carl.
The Keys led 4-3 in the third inning after Steve Bumbry doubled in two runs, but the Keys bats were stymied from that point on by Blue Rocks pitching, dropping Frederick’s record to 28-29 and 1.5 games out of first place Wilmington, who improves to 30-28.
Keys starter Tim Berry takes the loss Frederick after going 3 2/3 innings and giving up five earned runs on seven hits, three walks while collecting one strikeout.
No runs were scored after the fourth inning, as all the action took place in the early stages of the game.
Wilmington took the lead first just one batter into the game when Orlando Calixte led off the game with a solo home run against starter Tim Berry. After singles from Lane Adams and Cheslor Cuthbert put two runners on, Nick Van Stratten singled in the second run with two outs.
The Keys tied the score in the second, plating two runners with two outs in the inning. With two down, new call-up Torsten Boss was hit by a pitch to get on base, which was followed by a Mike Flacco double which enabled Boss to score the Keys first run. A single from Garabez Rosa scored Flacco, equaling the score at two.
Wilmington would strike back in the third to take a 3-2 lead, but Bumbry had an answer. With runners on second and third and two outs, Bumbry lined a pitch in the left-centerfield gap to give Frederick a 4-3 lead. Little did they know that would be their final batter to reach base.
After Bumbry gave the Keys the lead, Wilmington responded again, scoring twice in the fourth lead 5-4. Guelin Beltre led off the inning with a home run to tie it. The next batter, Jose Bonilla, would walk to get on first. After a successful sacrifice from Angel Franco put Bonilla in scoring position, Calixte hit a double to bring him home, putting Wilmington on top 5-4.
With the Keys failing to produce a base runner from that point onwards, they could not come back, eventually falling 5-4.
Shorebirds win 4-2
he Delmarva Shorebirds (21-37) used a three run fourth inning and a strong six inning start from Zach Davies to defeat the Lakewood BlueClaws 4-2 on Tuesday night at FirstEnergy Park. The Shorebirds ended a six game losing skid with the win.
After three scoreless innings, the Shorebirds broke onto the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Gregory Lorenzo, who finished with three hits, reached on a single. Two batters later, Connor Narron singled. Then, Michael Ohlman lifted a ground rule double to center field to give the Shorebirds a 1-0 lead. Ohlman has reached base in 17 straight games.
Lakewood trimmed the gap to 3-2 in the sixth inning. Aaron Altherr hit a line drive sacrifice fly to left-center to score Stephen Malcolm, who led off with a single. Maikel Franco singled home Alejandro Villalobos.
Zach Davies was perfect over four innings and allowed just five hits over six strong innings to earn his fifth win. Davies allowed just one hit over the first five innings on the mound.
In the eighth, the Shorebirds added an insurance run. Lorenzo led off with a triple to the right-center field alley. Two batters later, Narron ripped a single into center field to give the Shorebirds a 4-2 lead.
Alex Schmarzo entered in the seventh for the Shorebirds and allowed just one hit over the final three innings to pick up his first save.
Lakewood starter Gabriel Arias was a tough luck loser over seven strong innings. He allowed six hits and three runs.
Ironbirds win 6-3
O's lose 9-4
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