All three games involving the Orioles' affiliates went into extra innings tonight. The Norfolk Tides, Bowie Baysox and Frederick Keys all needed to play additional baseball in order to determine winners. The Baysox were the only team to pick up a victory.
In the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, the National League All-Stars scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn the come-from-behind victory, 4-3.
Aberdeen IronBirds pitcher Cole McCurry started the game for the American League All-Stars and pitched one scoreless inning. He allowed one hit and had one strikeout. IronBirds left fielder Robbie Widlansky and catcher Caleb Joseph both entered the game as defensive replacements in the fifth inning. Joseph was 1-for-2 with a run scored and Widlansky was 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
Score: Toledo Mud Hens 2, Norfolk Tides 1, 11 innings
Recap: An error by first baseman Mike Costanzo in the top of the 11th inning allowed the go-ahead run to score. The line drive hit off Costanzo's glove and into shallow right field and Toledo center fielder Clete Thomas scored from second base. Tides third baseman Freddie Bynum doubled to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, but he was stranded there as the next three hitters were retired. After falling behind 1-0, the Tides scored their only run on a sacrifice fly by Bynum. Left fielder Tike Redman, who had singled earlier in the inning, scored on the play. Starting pitcher Andy Mitchell allowed one run and three hits in seven innings pitched.
Score: Bowie Baysox 3, Reading Phillies 2, 10 innings
Recap: Second baseman Carlos Rojas hit a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning to help the Baysox beat the Phillies. Catcher Steve Torrealba had three hits for the Baysox. Starting pitcher David Hernandez allowed one run and four hits in four innings pitched. He struck out six hitters and walked four. Julio Manon pitched a scoreless bottom of the 10th inning to collect his 30th save of the season. Does anyone think he'll be called up to the Orioles in September?
The Akron Aeros and Harrisburg Senators both lost tonight, so Bowie's magic number to clinch a playoff spot is down to five. The Baysox lead the Aeros by three games in the Southern Division of the Eastern League. The Senators are eight games behind Bowie. The top two teams from the division will make the playoffs.
Score: Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Frederick Keys 4, 10 innings
Recap: Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Keys scored twice to send the game into extra innings. Brandon Tripp and Justin Johnson both had pinch-hit RBI doubles to tie the game for the Keys. Jason White hit a fly ball with one out and a runner on third base, but Todd Davison was thrown out at the plate by Hillcats right fielder Miles Durham to end the inning. Hillcats first baseman Kent Sakamoto hit a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning against Keys reliever Ryan Rodriguez to propel Lynchburg past Frederick.
Keys first baseman Brandon Snyder was forced to leave the game in the top of the third inning after he injured his arm in a collision at first base. The severity of the arm injury is not known at this time.