Norfolk 3, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 4: The campaign to prove that Tsuyoshi Wada is, indeed, a major league caliber pitcher continued today with five solid, if unspectacular innings. Wada's definitely shown some signs of life, but would he be any better than Freddy Garcia? Might he be worse? Today, he allowed seven baserunners and two earned runs. He struck out no one. It was a different story in the Tides dugout as Brandon Waring, Zelous Wheeler and Luis Exposito each struck out three times. L.J. Hoes had a nice game leading off, hitting a double and earning two free passes. Jason Pridie homered.
Bowie 1, Altoona 0: Dan Duquette, you magnificent bastard! Could the great knuckleball experiment be bearing fruit? If a case is to be made in the affirmative, Eddie Gamboa, may be Exhibit A. Gamboa threw his second shutout in three starts. He allowed one hit over seven innings and struck out seven. Marcel Prado and Zech Zinicola finished off the last 1.2 innings perfectly. Ty Kelly did the Ty Kelly thing with two hits and a walk, Hammerin Hank had a hit and a walk. Nolan Reimold picked up the second hit of his rehab stint.
Frederick 5, Myrtle Beach 6: The scalding hot Michael Ohlman had a two hit day and brought his season batting average up to .300. With a miserable first half behind him, Brenden Webb homered, singled and was credited with an outfield assist. Brady Wager must not have had his Wheaties. Four unearned runs scored on Wager, though he allowed only two hits. Wager walked four, hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch. Michael Ohlman was also charged with a passed ball while Jerome Pena made two errors. Pena also struck out thrice, but we can make an allowance just this once for one of the Carolina League's hottest hitters, can't we?
It was just one of those days and maybe the Keys were lucky to only lose by one.
Delmarva 8, Asheville 4: The boys form Salisbury had a little fun today roughing Asheville pitching up for 14 hits. Only John Russell's boy finished the day without a hit. Nik Balog was 3-5 with two doubles and Joel Hutter hit an Earl Weaver special. Adrian Marin and Rod Bernadina also doubled. Two was a magic number for Bernadina on the day as it also represented the amount of outfield assists he had. Mark Blackmar got a quality starts, though really didn't otherwise distinguish himself. Giant lefty Bennett Parry lost his spot and walked four in two innings, but limited the damage to one earned run.
Aberdeen 10, Staten Island 4: Break 'em up! After losing five straight to open the season, the iBirds have won two straight. Connor Bierfeldt and Kris Richards each had three hits and two doubles, though Bierfeldt also homered. After coming out of the gates hot, Hector Veloz had his first dud of the young season going 1-6 with four Ks. Janser Severino and Michael Joseph each pitched three scoreless innings.
The DSL O's1 had a game scheduled, but the boxscore is not presently available.