It was a night of mixed results for the Orioles' affiliates. The Bowie Baysox and Delmarva Shorebirds remained hot with impressive victories, but the Norfolk Tides and Frederick Keys both suffered losses.
Bowie used three home runs to post an 8-2 victory over the Reading Phillies and the Shorebirds relied on strong pitching to beat the Hagerstown Suns for their sixth consecutive victory, 1-0.
Score: Toledo Mud Hens 8, Norfolk Tides 5
Recap: The Norfolk Tides were able to score five runs (three earned) in five innings against Toledo Mud Hens starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis, but it wasn't enough for the victory. Toledo's bullpen held the Tides to only two hits over the final four innings and helped the Mud Hens collect their second straight victory over Norfolk, 8-5. First baseman Oscar Salazar reached base safely in all five appearances at the plate – with three singles and two walks – and scored two runs for the Tides.
Starting pitcher Ryan Bukvich (8-3) suffered the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) and six hits in 3 2/3 innings pitched. He walked six hitters and struck out two. He's walked at least six hitters in his past three starts.
Score: Bowie Baysox 8, Reading Phillies 2
Recap: Designated hitter Steve Torrealba hit two home runs and catcher Matt Wieters added a solo shot to lead the Baysox to the 8-2 win over the Phillies. Baysox starting pitcher Chris Tillman (9-4) allowed no runs and three hits in six innings. He had eight strikeouts and walked two hitters. Shortstop Blake Davis was 3-for-4 with two doubles for the Baysox. Adam Eaton (0-3) allowed six earned runs in six innings pitched for Reading.
With the victory and the Harrisburg Senators' 6-1 loss to the Trenton Thunder, Bowie's magic number for a playoff berth is now three.
Score: Lynchburg Hillcats 11, Frederick Keys 5
Recap: Hillcats second baseman Matt Cavagnaro had four of the team's 14 hits in the 11-5 rout over the Keys. Lynchburg sent nine hitters to the plate in the fifth inning and scored five runs, chasing Keys starter Jake Renshaw (9-11) from the game. Renshaw allowed seven runs total in 4 1/3 innings pitched.
Former Orioles closer Chris Ray, pitching for the Keys on a rehab assignment, didn't fare much better than Renshaw. He allowed two runs and three hits, including a solo home run by Hillcats designated hitter Brian Friday, in one inning of work. Reliever Greg Aquino allowed one hit and struck out two hitters in one inning pitched for the Keys.
Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 1, Hagerstown Suns 0
Recap: Shorebirds starting pitcher Sean Gleason (11-1) struck out a season-high nine Hagerstown hitters in seven shutout innings. He allowed four hits and walked two batters in the 1-0 victory. Delmarva left fielder Wally Crancer scored the game's only run in the seventh inning when designated hitter Ryan Adams was walked with the bases loaded. Second baseman Paco Figueroa was 2-for-3 for the Shorebirds.