Norfolk Tides 4, Charlotte Knights 2
Kevin Gausman wasn't able to make the start on Opening Day for the Tides because he was being held in case he was needed in Detroit due to a rainout. Well, there wasn't a rain out, so Gausman got sent back to Norfolk where he pitched 4 2/3 shutout innings. He gave up three hits, all singles, and walked two. He struck out six batters. With two outs in the fifth inning, Gausman issued a walk and was pulled out of the game for relief pitcher Brock Hutzinger. Hutzinger immediately picked off the runner to end the inning. No word on why Gausman was pulled after 71 pitches, but I assume it's because of a pitch count the O's have him on.
The Tides were kept off the board until the eighth inning when they scored four runs thanks to five singles and a walk. The Tides had no extra base hits and only Alexi Casilla had a multi-hit game.
Bowie Baysox 9, Harrisburg Senators 0
The pitching was good all around for the Baysox last night. Starting pitcher Tyler Wilson joined in the good start club with six shutout innings. He gave up three hits and walked one, with five strikeouts. He had three 1-2-3 innings and threw 72 pitches, 52 for strikes. Fabio Castillo followed with two innings and only one hit allowed. Juan Morillo closed things out by striking out the side to end the game.
Catcher Michael Ohlman paced the offense by reaching base in all five plate appearances. He singled three times and walked twice. Christian Walker also had three hits, while Chih-Hsien Chang, Garabaz Rosa, and Ronald Bermudez each doubled. Every starter other than Buck Britton had at least one hit.
Frederick Keys 5, Lynchburg Hillcats 6 (10)
Parker Bridwell started for the Keys and didn't have the best of starts. He walked six batters in four innings, with two walks each in three of the four innings he pitched. He also balked and was unable to field a bunt back to the mound. He did strike out three, and gave up three runs in his four innings before being pulled.
Jesse Beal pitched three shutout innings following Bridwell with just two hits allowed. Infielder-turned-pitcher Mychal Givens pitched one perfect innings. The Keys took a 5-4 lead into the when Matt Price gave up a run on two singles in the 9th, and then allowed the Hillcats to walk off in the 10th thanks to three singles.
First baseman Creede Simpson had a big night, going 3-for-5 with two doubles. Glynn Davis had a single and a double, and Wynston Sawyer had a double and a walk.
Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Asheville Tourists 0
Hunter Harvey made his Delmarva debut last night and oh boy, was it good. The 19 year old pitched six innings in which he allowed just four hits, all singles. He didn't walk a batter and he struck out five. He threw just 55 pitches (44 strikes) and had a GO/FO of 8/2. Wow. Dylan Rheault pitched the final three innings in relief and while he gave up just two runs on a double in the seventh, was shaky in all three innings.
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