The Shorebirds played two today vs. the Nationals affiliate Hagerstown Suns, making up for a game postponed yesterday. Game 1 was a rather uneventful affair, with the Baby Birds losing 5-3. Roderick Bernadina went 2-2 with a 2 run HR. In Game 2, 22 year old southpaw Matt Taylor got the start and tossed 4 IP of scoreless ball. He K'd 5 and only allowed 3 hits, but walked 5 and uncorked 1 wild pitch as well. Former SS prospect Mychal Givens earned the win in relief with 2 IP of scoreless work, allowing just 1 BB while K-ing 2. I'd really like to get a look at the stuff he's working with on the mound. On the offensive side, Christian Walker returned from the busted lip he sustained the other day and put up a 2-4 day at the dish. SS Joel Hutter followed up his 2 triple day on Thursday with a 1-4 effort with 2 RBI. Roderick Bernadina went 1-2 with 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 run scored, 1 RBI, and 1 error (throwing). Fill up that stat sheet, kiddo.
The Keys walked it off today, 3-2, vs. a strong Salem Red Sox squad. UVA alum Tyler Wilson pitched 6 innings, allowing 2 runs (both earned) via 2 hits (1 HR (solo shot)) and 3 walks while whiffing 7. My boy Brenden Webb went O-fer 4 with 3 Ks. Oof. Nicky Delmonico had command of the strike zone today, drawing 3 BBs in 4 PAs. Them boys for the Salem squad were running early and often, going 3-5 on SB attempts against Michael Ohlman.
Kevin Gausman made his first start of the minor league season tonight. I haven't reviewed the video yet, but it looks as if his effort was much more encouraging than the results would indicate (#don'tscouttheboxscore). 4 IP with 0 BBs and 8 Ks is pretty swell. 84 pitches with 65 strikes and a 5:0 Ground out to Fly out ratio is even sweeter. However, he did allow 8 hits and 6 runs (4 earned runs) while uncorking 2 wild pitches over the course of those 4 innings. So, the defense didn't do him and particular favors with two errors (Wheeler and B.Britton) behind him, and neither did the offense, which after yesterday's explosion only managed 3 hits and 3 walks tonight, good for but 1 run.
The Tides were scheduled to play two today, making up for the rained out opener. But when the first game ended up going 11 innings the second game was postponed yet again. Jair Jurrjens spun a gem of a game against a pretty formidable Durham (Rays affiliate) squad, going 6 IP and allowing but 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 7. Mark Hendrickson wears the goat horns on this day, giving up the only run of the game in the 11th. Russ Canzler...oof...0-5 w/ 4 Ks. Jonathan Schoop went 1-4 with 1 BB and 2 Ks.