Durham (Rays) 6 Norfolk 5 (Final / 10 innings)
(RHP) Eddie Gamboa struggled again in his 2nd consecutive start vs. this Durham squad. Last week he allowed 4 ER over 5 IP, while yesterday he would yield 5 R (3 ER) via 8 H over 4 and 2/3rds. The knuckleballer hasn't been particularly wild, as he's walked just 1 over those two outings. So I guess the Durham hitters are just seeing the fastball he uses in conjunction with the knuckler well and squaring it up. Lefties seem to be feasting on him thus far, as 9 of the 11 ERs and both HRs he has allowed have been to them. (RHP) Brad Brach pitched 1 inning of relief and struck out the side. That's 18 Ks to 2 BBs over 8.2 IP this season. That'll play. (LHP) Kelvin de la Cruz took the loss, giving up 3 hits and the winning run in the 10th.
Erie (Tigers) 4 Bowie 9
(RHP) Tyler Wilson has long been a favorite of mine, and he continued to show why he deserves some praise by going 6 innings and K'ing 9. He allowed 5 hits and a walk, which led to 2 ERs. His ERA now stands at 2.70, while his FIP comes in at a sterling 2.85. He has allowed 3 HRs already, but a 27:3 K:BB ratio and a 0.92 GO:FO ratio shows how he has managed to find the success he has found thus far. (RHP) Marcel Prado is a ground ball machine. He pitched another 2 innings of relief and he now sports a GO:FO ratio of 2.67 over his 12.1 IP. That, along with 13 Ks. Pretty neat.
(1B) Christain Walker, fresh off his EL Player of the Week award, continued his hot hitting by going 2-5. Unfortunately, he also committed his 3rd error on a missed catch. (CF) Dariel Alvarez blasted his 2nd HR of the season, while (3B) Buck Britton sent his 3rd dinger over the fences. Buck also went 3-5 on the day. ( C ) Michael Ohlman continues to struggle, both offensively (0-4 on the day with 3 runners stranded in scoring position) and defensively (his 3rd PB and 2 more successful SBs allowed).
Frederick 4 Carolina (Cleveland) 3 (Game 1)
(LHP) Matt Taylor continued his strong start to the season by tossing 5 innings while allowing 6 hits, 1 walk, and 3 ER. (RHP) Mychal Givens tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief, and has allowed just 1 ER in his 9 total innings thus far.
(CF) Glynn Davis continues to bid his time until he gets promoted to Bowie by going 2-4 with a triple. He is slashing .415 / .457 / .538 thru 16 games and 69 PAs thus far.
Frederick 1 Carolina 2 (Game 2)
This looks like it was a 'Get out of town' special, as neither team seems to have been particularly interested in having a hard fought game in the 2nd game of a double header before leaving town. (CF) Glynn Davis went 1-3 and scored the only run for the Keys. 3 pitchers combined to K 9 and walk 1 while allowing 2 ERs. Not much else to say.
Savannah (Mets) 10 Delmarva 5
(RHP) Austin Urban is having a dreadful go of it in his first taste of full season ball. 3 IP, 5 H (2 HRs), 3 BBs, 0 Ks, 4 R, 3 ERs. (RHP) Luc Rennie came on in relief and fared no better, allowing 4 ERs of his own over 3 IP. blech. Each of them now sport ERAs over 10.00.
(CF) Gregory Lorenzo is fast. He went 2-6 with his 5th SB of the season. Also added an Error and an OF Assist by nailing a runner at Home. (RF) Mike Yastrzemski went 1-4 but did draw 2 BBs. ( C ) Chance Sisco would go 4-5 at the plate, but also allowed a PB and a SB on defense.
Just 3 games today: (RHP) Hunter Harvey takes the hill again for the Shorebirds. duck has promised to be in attendance, so I look forward to his observations. (LHP) Tim Berry gets the start for Bowie. (LHP) TJ McFarland was scheduled to go for Norfolk, but since he is getting summoned to the big leagues, it hasn't been announced who will start in his stead.