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The knuckler was knuckling for Eddie Gamboa down at Norfolk today. He turned in his sharpest outing to date (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K).

Tides [AAA] Won 1 to 0

Chris Parmelee had a 2-for-4 day at the plate.

Nolan Reimold also had a 2-for-4 day at the plate.

Baysox [AA] Lost 3 to 1

Dylan Bundy worked 3 scoreless innings and fanned 3. Reports are he was mostly 94-95 MPH with his fastball and touched upper 90's a few times.

Jason Esposito walked and homered.

Keys [A+] Lost 4 to 3

Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer.

Drew Dosch raised his average to .305 with a 2-for-4 game.

Jhonaton Ramos made the start (5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 3 K).

Shorebirds [A] Lost 6 to 0

Jay Gonzalez walked and singled.

Sebastian Vader took the loss (6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K).

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Ian Locke

Eddie Gamboa and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Tides blanked the Buffalo Bisons 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Harbor Park.

After allowing two hits and a walk in the first frame, Gamboa (2-1) rebounded to retire 16 of the next 17 batters he faced to help Norfolk complete the three-game sweep. He walked two and struck out six over six innings of work, throwing 58 of his 87 pitches for strikes to lift Norfolk (17-13) to its fourth consecutive win.

Cesar Cabral and Pedro Beato followed Gamboa and combined for three shutout innings of relief, with Beato recording the final five outs for his first save of the season.

It was the second consecutive 1-0 shutout win for the Tides, who lowered their IL-leading staff ERA to 2.50 this season. Norfolk now has six shutouts this season, surpassing the five shutouts registered over the entire 2014 campaign.

The Tides plated the only run of the contest in the sixth inning, as Julio Borbon led off the frame with a double down the left field line that was misplayed by Chris Dickerson, allowing Borbon to move to third. Rey Navarro, making his first appearance with the Tides since being optioned from Baltimore, followed with a sacrifice fly to give Norfolk the only run it would need.

Chris Parmelee continued his hot hitting as he singled twice to raise his average to .339. Parmelee, who entered play tied for second in the IL with 19 RBI, has now reached base safely in 17 consecutive contests.

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Matt Wilson

The Baysox trio of Dylan Bundy, Terry Doyle and Mychal Givens held Richmond's bats at bay as the Baysox salvaged a game of their series 2-0 at The Diamond Sunday afternoon. The Flying Squirrels were held to four hits.

Bundy worked three innings, allowing two hits and no runs while throwing a season-high 65 pitches. Bundy got out of a jam in the third inning when Bowie (18-12) got a double play on a fly ball to left field to end the inning. Runners were at second and third when the line drive caught in left caught runner Kelby Tomlinson by surprise. He was doubled off by Baysox LF Mike Yastrzemski.

Bowie took the lead in the fifth inning. 3B Jason Esposito hit a two-strike pitch well out to left field. The solo home run was his second of the year giving Bowie a 1-0 lead.

An inning later DH Chris O'Brien came through again. The clutch-hitting O'Brien lined a two-out RBI-double to right field to put Bowie on top 2-0.

The Keys were then handed to the Baysox deep bullpen. RHP Terry Doyle (2-0) cruised through four shutout innings earning the win. Givens struck out three batters in two scoreless innings for his fifth save.

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Geoff Arnold



Woodbridge, Va.-Christopher Bostick stroked a walk-off RBI single to center in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Potomac Nationals to a 4-3 win over the Frederick Keys on Sunday afternoon at Pfitzner Stadium. Holding a 3-1 lead through 6.5 frames, the P-Nats scored the final three runs of the game to end a three-game losing streak. Despite the loss, Frederick can still earn a series win with a victory on Monday night.

Back out for the home-ninth, Jon Keller walked Craig Manuel to open up the inning, while Estarlin Martinez reached on a bunt which was mishandled by Steel Russell. With the first two on base, Nationals manager Tripp Keister would pinch-run Spencer Kieboom for Manuel. A Narciso Mesa groundout moved Kieboom to third, while Bostick lifted a 2-1 pitch over the head of Johnny Ruettiger in center to give Potomac the win. It was the Nationals first walk-off win of the 2015 season.

The Keys had a chance to go ahead with two on in the ninth, but could not capitalize after a one-out walk by Adrian Marin and a two-out single by Anthony Caronia. With runners at the corners, Frederick manager Orlando Gomez would send up Tucker Nathans to pinch-hit for Gregory Lorenzo. Entering the day in the top 10 in the league in hitting, Nathans would fly out to left to end the threat.

Potomac evened the score in the eighth. Isaac Ballou reached on a one-out single and moved to second on a balk by Keller (1-3) and to third on a groundout by John Wooten. That sent up Khayyan Norfork, who dunked an RBI single to right, his first hit of the series.

In the home-seventh, the Nationals utilized a double by Drew Ward and an RBI base-hit by Estarlin Martinez to pull within a run after the Keys exploded for three runs in the top-half of the inning. Facing MLB rehabber Casey Janssen, Frederick sent seven men to bat. Drew Dosch reached to start the inning after a flyball was dropped by Martinez in left. That sent up Mancini who crushed a two-run homer over the batter’s eye in centerfield. It was his fourth longball of the season.

Later in the inning, Steel Russell doubled while he scored on a triple by Caronia. Finishing with hits in his final two at-bats, the Keys second baseman extended his hitting streak to seven games, while Jeff Kemp used an eighth inning single to move his streak to eight contests-the longest streak by a Frederick player this season.

On the mound, a solo home run by Brandon Miller was the lone blemish on the line score of Jhonathan Ramos. Making his second start with the Keys, the lefty allowed only one run on three hits. He struck out three and walked one. Neither Ramos nor Nationals starter Matthew Spann would factor into the decision. The P-Nats lefty put together his first quality start of the season, working six shutout innings of four-hit baseball.

Keller suffered the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits over 1.2 innings. He walked two and struck out two. Wander Suero (4-2) earned the win tossing two clean innings of two-hit baseball.

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Steve Uhlmann

Reyes Overpowers Shorebirds, 6-0

Delmarva Limited To Five Hits In Defeat

SALISBURY, Md. -- The Delmarva Shorebirds had no answer for Augusta pitcher Jose Reyes, who struck out eight batters in seven innings to help the Augusta GreenJackets earn a 6-0 win at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on Sunday. The Shorebirds picked up just five hits on the afternoon, as Reyes lowered his ERA in five starts to 0.32.

The best chance for Delmarva to score came in the bottom of the second when Riley Palmer and Elier Leyva connected on back-to-back singles with one out. Reyes responded by striking out Jared Breen and getting Jonah Heim to ground out to end the threat.

Palmer’s knock extended his hitting streak to nine games, which is the longest by a Shorebirds hitter in 2015. Leyva also continued a hot streak at the plate, as he has now hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games.

Augusta picked up their first two runs of the afternoon in the top of the third inning thanks to a Seth Harrison double and a sac fly from Jonah Arenado.

Shorebirds starter Sebastian Vader got back on track until the top of the seventh, when a two-run homer from Will Callaway put Augusta up 4-0. Vader finished the afternoon going 6.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits while striking out two.

Augusta finished their day offensively by adding two more runs on a double by Cristian Paulino in the top of the eighth against Zeke McGranahan.

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