This was an instant classic.
Class A-Advanced Wilmington beat Frederick 8-7 in 10 innings Monday after a botched suicide squeeze -- by the Blue Rocks.
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After the Keys had scored a run in the top of the 10th, Lane Adams opened the bottom of the frame with a walk. Jared Schlehuber followed with a double and Daniel Mateo walked.
Parker Morin’s sacrifice fly tied the game. Alex McClure, who was pinch-running for Schlehuber, took third and Mateo then moved to second on a wild pitch. A botched suicide squeeze resulted in the second out as McClure was nailed at the plate.
Disaster? Nah. Mateo then broke for third and Keys catcher Michael Ohlman’s throw went into left field.
There may have been small ball at the end, but Dennis Raben earlier helped the Blue Rocks tie the game -- twice.
Trailing 4-1 in the third inning, Raben hit a three-run homer to tie the game. The Keys scored twice in the fifth to grab a 6-4 lead, but Raben’s two-run homer made it 6-6.
Blue Rocks starter Sam Selman struggled with his control, walking five in 2 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits with four walks.
Jorge Bonifacio played his first game since breaking his hamate bone. He went zero for three, walked twice and scored two runs.
Class AAA Omaha
Chris Getz’s two-run double was the key blow in a three-run eighth inning as the Storm Chasers won 5-1 at Memphis.
Getz, who was three for five with two doubles and raised his average to .304, doubled after Irvin Falu had opened the inning with a double and Quintin Berry was hit by a pitch.
Anthony Seratelli singled later in the inning to score Getz. Max Ramirez hit a solo homer in the third inning to give Omaha a 2-1 lead.
In his last six games, Getz is batting . 393 (11 for 28).
Justin Marks, 3-9, allowed just one run on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Class AA Northwest Arkansas
Every Naturals starter had at least one hit in a 7-3 victory at Frisco.
Brett Eibner and Whit Merrifield each had three hits, and Merrifield drove in two runs. Juan Graterol hit a solo homer and finished with two hits. Brian Fletcher and Cheslor Cuthbert each had two hits. The Naturals had 16 hits in the game.
That was more than enough for starter Brooks Pounders, 4-4, who allowed two runs on three hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked four.
Strong pitching helped the Royals to a doubleheader sweep at Elizabethton.
Burlington won the opener 4-1 as Jake Newbury allowed just one run on two hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked three.
Shortstop Ramon Torres had two hits and two RBIs, while second baseman Kevin Kuntz and left fielder Desmond Henry each had two hits and scored twice.
In the nightcap, Luis Santos pitched a five-hitter, striking out six without a walk.
Henry had a double and scored a run, while Torres had a single, a sacrifice fly and scored a run.