By Tiffany Williams –
Welcome to one of the greatest American cities South of New England. The Worcester Red Sox are here in Norfolk, Virginia for a six-game set against the Norfolk Tide and kicked off this set with a 2-1 win. Devlin Granberg made it over the plate at the top of the third off a wild pitch and then at the top of the seventh, Ronaldo Hernandez was called out on a sac fly but Nick Sogard made it over the plate to give Worcester a 2-0 lead. At the bottom of the ninth, the tide rolled in with a dinger from Rylan Bannon to end the contest 2-1. Chris Murphy went seven innings allowing just two hits, no runs and struck out three. Darwinzon Hernandez took over for Murphy on the mound and allowed no hits, no runs and struckout one. Zack Kelly was Worcester’s closer allowing one hit, one hit (homer) and struckout one.
The Yard Goats returned home Tuesday night to Dunkin’ Donuts Park and opened up a six-game series against the Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals affiliate). Justin Connell opened up this contest hitting his tenth dinger of the season to drive in Jack Dunn and get the Senators an early 2-0 lead at the top of the first, The Senators controlled the top of the second with Andrew Young, Brady Lindsly and Jackson Cluff making it over the plate to put the Senators on top 5-0. At the top of the third Abdrew Young hit his fifth double of the season to drive in Dondrei Hubbard to put the Senators on top 6-0. Top of the fourth Justin Connell made it over the plate for the Tide and made it a 7-0 game. But at the bottom of the fourth Aaron Schunk and Michael Toglia both scored to get Hartford into this game and make it 7-2. Grant Lavigne at the bottom of the sixth hit his first dinger of the season for the Yard Goats to drive in Michael Toglia and make it a 7-4 Senators lead. Brady Lindsly at the top of the eighth hit his fifth dinger of the season to put the Senators on top 8-4. But with Grant Lavigne, making it over the plate at the bottom of the eighth, the Yard Goats were down by four to win the game. At the bottom of the ninth the Yard Goats got Daniel Montano and Aaron Schunk over the plate to make it an 8-7 game, two shy from getting a Yard Goats win.
Up North in Portland, Maine the Sea Dogs hosted the Somerset Patriots. The Sea Dogs, who are the winners of eight straight with Tuesday night’s 10-8 win, gave up control of the first five innings of this game. At the top of the first with Elijah Dunham hit his first dinger of the season to drive in Anthony Volpe to put the Patriots on top 2-0. Bottom of the second Izzy Wilson made it over the plate for the Sea Dogs to make this a 2-1 Patriots lead. The Patriots with a run at top of the third and three runs at the top of the fourth made this a 6-1 game. With a homer by Izzy Wilson at the bottom of the fourth to drive in Christian Koss it was a 6-3 Patriots lead. Elih Marrero then hit his second homer of the season at the bottom of the fifth to Drive in Wil Dalton and make it a 6-5 Patriots lead. Izzy Wilson hit a single at the bottom of the fifth to drive in Tyreque Reed to make it a 6-6 tie game. Bottom of the seventh Elih Marrero scored to make it a 6-7 game and Sea Dogs lead. Wil Dalton joined the homer parade at the bottom of the eighth, hitting his fifth dinger of the season to put the Sea Dogs on top 6-8. At the top of the ninth with two runs the Patriots made it an 8-8 tie game. But at the bottom of the ninth Izzy Wilson hit his second dinger of the game, fifth for the season, to drive in Christian Koss to give the Sea Dogs a 10-8 win.
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats were in Reading, Pennsylvania Tuesday night and they went six-blank against the Reading Fightin Phils.