As I mentioned earlier, the game between the Frederick Keys and Lynchburg Hillcats was canceled due to rain. It's not expected to be rescheduled at this time, but that could change if the result will affect the playoff race in the Carolina League.
The Norfolk Tides beat the Durham Bulls in extra innings and the Bowie Baysox defeated the Trenton Thunder again tonight. The Delmarva Shorebirds and Aberdeen IronBirds were also victorious.
Score: Norfolk Tides 5, Durham Bulls 4, 10 innings
Recap: First baseman Mike Costanzo's one-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning led the Tides to a 5-4 victory over Durham tonight at Harbor Park. Two errors by the Bulls in the inning allowed the Tides to load the bases prior to Costanzo's game-winning hit. Costanzo was 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored.
Tides designated hitter Luis Terrero had a two-run double in the third inning, but he was thrown out while attempting to stretch it into a triple. Second baseman Eider Torres was 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Norfolk.
Starting pitcher Garrett Olson allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings for Norfolk. He had nine strikeouts and walked two, but didn't factor in the decision. Tides reliever Kam Mickolio (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning with three strikeouts to earn the victory.
Score: Bowie Baysox 4, Trenton Thunder 2
Recap: Baysox starting pitcher Zach Clark (4-1) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings pitched to lead Bowie to a 4-2 victory over Trenton tonight at Prince George's Stadium. Clark has allowed four earned runs in 28 1/3 innings over his past four starts for the Baysox.
Third baseman Jeff Nettles was 2-for-4 with an RBI double and first baseman Ryan Finan scored two runs for Bowie. Catcher Matt Wieters was 1-for-4 with a run scored and designated hitter Jonathan Tucker had a triple, an RBI and a run scored.
Closer Julio Manon struck out all three hitters he faced in the ninth inning to collect his 32nd save of the season, which is the best in the Eastern League. The Baysox increased their lead to 5 1/2 games tonight because the game between the Akron Aeros and Altoona Curve was rained out.
Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Lakewood BlueClaws 0
Recap: Left-handed pitcher Nathan Nery (6-3) tossed seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits with three strikeouts, to lead the Shorebirds to a 3-0 victory over Lakewood. Left fielder Robbie Widlansky fueled the Shorebirds' offense by going 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI triple and a run scored.
Second baseman Paco Figueroa and catcher Brendan Monaghan each had an RBI for the Shorebirds. Reliever Andrew Schindling pitched the final two innings to earn his first save of the season for Delmarva. With tonight's victory, the Shorebirds finished with a 36-32 record away from Perdue Stadium, including 20-14 in the second half of the season.
Score: Aberdeen IronBirds 5, Vermont Lake Monsters 1
Recap: Catcher Caleb Joseph led the IronBirds' offensive attack by hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning tonight to lead Aberdeen to a 5-1 victory over Vermont at Ripken Stadium. It was Joseph's sixth home run of the season. First baseman Paul Chmiel was 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored for the IronBirds. Center fielder Calvin Lester had two hits and left fielder Arthur Bonevacia had an RBI for Aberdeen.
IronBirds starting pitcher Pat Egan (5-5) had another strong outing to pick up his third consecutive victory. He allowed one unearned run and four hits in six innings pitched. Reliever Oliver Drake had five strikeouts in three scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the season for Aberdeen.