Both the Tides and the Shorebirds were rained out last night, but the Bowie Baysox and Frederick Keys games had plenty of action.
Bowie Baysox 14, Harrisburg Senators 2
It was a big night for the Baysox offense, who scored seven of their 14 runs in the ninth inning. Every member of the starting lineup had at least one hit, but the big winners were CF Dariel Alvarez, RF Chih-Hsien Chiang, and 1B Christian Walker. Alvarez had five(!) hits, including two doubles. Both Chiang and Walker with had three hits and fell just a triple short of the cycle. SS Niuman Romero and 2B Garabaz Rosa also had three hits, with Romero picking up the Baysox only walk. The Big Brothers of Orioles Club (Buck Britton and Sharlon Schoop) each had two hits as well.
Matt Bischoff started for the Baysox and almost made it five innings. He went 4 2/3 with six strikeouts and one walk. He gave up two runs on seven hits, with a 1/6 ground out to fly out ratio (ick). Marcel Prado followed with 3 1/3 inning in relief with one hit and two walks allowed, but no runs. Ashur Tolliver pitched the final inning.
Frederick Keys 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5
At least the Keys kept the score respectable against this bunch, who racked up 21 runs against them in a game earlier this week.
The big news from this game, of course, was the return of Manny Machado. Playing in his first real baseball game since injuring his knee last September, Machado batted second and served as the game's designated hitter. He was originally going to play third base, but when it rained all day and made the field a big mess, it seemed safer to start him out as the DH. He should be playing third base today, though. Machado went 3-for-4 on the day with two doubles and a triple. The best news of the day was that he felt good afterwards. MASN's Steve Melewski was at the game and talked to Machado, so check out Manny's good quotes over there.
As for the rest of the game, Parker Bridwell had another lousy start. He gave up five runs in six innings on eight hits and two walks. He couldn't keep the ball out of the air with a GO/FO of just 2/7. I guess all hope isn't lost for Bridwell yet, but he'll need to improve soon if he hopes to continue in the system as a starting pitcher. Miguel Chalas pitched the final three innings of the game without allowing a run.
On offense, the Keys had their chances with nine hits and two walks, but only scored single runs in three different innings (Manny scored two of them). Zane Chavez pinch hit for Manny in the ninth inning and hit a home run for the third. 1B Creede Simpson contributed a double and two walks, and Jason Esposito also doubled. CF Glynn Davis had a rough day, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
For the box scores and more details on these games, please visit MiLB.com.
Columbus Clippers @ Norfolk Tides, 7:05 pm
Tides SP: Kevin Gausman (3.24 ERA, 4.15 FIP)
Bowie Baysox @ Harrisburg Senators, 6:00 pm
Baysox SP: Tyler Wilson (2.70 ERA, 3.22 FIP)
Carolina Mudcats @ Frederick Keys, 2:00 pm
Keys SP: Matt Taylor (2.14 ERA, 4.45 FIP)
Charleston Riverdogs @ Delmarva Shorebirds, 4:35 pm
Shorebirds SP: Sebastian Vader (2.84 ERA, 4.43 FIP)
Charleston Riverdogs @ Delmarva Shorebirds, Game 2
Shorebirds SP: Luc Rennie (11.37 ERA, 5.40 FIP)