The Norfolk Tides scored plenty of runs tonight, but it wasn't enough to pick up a victory over the Durham Bulls. The Bowie Baysox lost their final home game, but they still won the first division title in franchise history because the Akron Aeros lost.
The Delmarva Shorebirds won two games against the Lake County Captains and the Aberdeen IronBirds failed to get on the scoreboard in their loss to the Vermont Lake Monsters.
Score: Durham Bulls 11, Norfolk Tides 9
Recap: The Tides couldn't overcome a five-run first inning by Durham in the 11-9 loss at Harbor Park. Norfolk scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough to win.
Starting pitcher Ryan Bukvich (8-4) picked up the loss for the Tides after allowing seven runs (five earned) and seven hits in three innings. Bulls starting pitcher David Price (1-1) won for the first time in four Triple-A starts after giving up two runs and four hits in five innings.
Center fielder Luis Terrero was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored for Norfolk and catcher Chris Heintz was 2-for-5 with four RBIs. Tides first baseman Mike Costanzo also added two RBIs.
Score: Trenton Thunder 9, Bowie Baysox 3
Recap: The Baysox were temporarily grounded by the Thunder tonight at Prince George's Stadium. Trenton scored six runs (five earned) in the top of the third inning against Baysox starting pitcher Jason Berken and went on to win, 9-3.
Berken (12-4) only lasted four innings and suffered his first loss since June 19. Bowie's only runs came on a three-run home run by third baseman Jeff Nettles in the sixth inning. It was his 24th home run of the season. Catcher Matt Wieters was 2-for-4 with a run scored and shortstop Blake Davis was 2-for-3 for the Baysox.
Despite the loss, Bowie clinched the Southern Division championship because the Akron Aeros lost the second game of their doubleheader to the Altoona Curve, 1-0. It's the first division title in franchise history for the Baysox.
Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Lake County Captains 2; Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Lake County Captains 3
Recap: The Shorebirds finished the suspended game from earlier this month by defeating Lake County, 7-2, and then they beat the Captains in the regularly scheduled game, 4-3. Robert Neigebauer (4-0) pitched five innings for Delmarva, allowing two runs (one earned) and three hits, to pick up the victory in the first game. Shorebirds reliever Joe Esposito (2-0) struck out five Lake County hitters in three scoreless innings to collect the win in the second game.
Shorebirds first baseman Anthony Martinez and designated hitter Paco Figueroa each had three hits in the first game. Martinez had two doubles and two RBIs. Second baseman Ryan Adams was 2-for-5 and shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
Center fielder Joe Nowicki led the Shorebirds in the second game. He was 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs. Figueroa and Florimon also had two hits for Delmarva in the second game.
Score: Vermont Lake Monsters 5, Aberdeen IronBirds 0
Recap: IronBirds starting pitcher Cole McCurry (7-3) continued his shaky August, surrendering four runs (three earned) and four hits in five innings during the IronBirds' 5-0 loss to Vermont at Ripken Stadium.
The IronBirds didn't provide a lot of help for the left-handed starter. Aberdeen managed only five hits and they committed three errors. First baseman T.J. Baxter was 2-for-3. Designated hitter Greg Miclat, right fielder Arthur Bonevacia and center fielder Calvin Lester each had a hit for Aberdeen in the loss.