Gwinnett (Atlanta) 10 Norfolk 5
(RHP) Suk Min Yoon had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad debut. He allowed 9 ER via 11 hits (1 HR) and 1 walk over 2.1 IP. So, we shall speak no more of that. Eddie Gamboa came on in relief and knuckled his way to 5 Ks and 0 Runs allowed over 5.2 IP.
Norfolk's collection of 4A players got to face some actual qualified Major League pitching in the forms of Mike Minor and Gavin Floyd, each making rehab appearances. The Fightin' Tides touched Minor and Floyd up for 3 runs (2 Earned) via 4 hits, 3 walks, and 1 HBP, while K'ing 6 times. (RF) Henry Urrutia had a 2-5 night; both hits coming off of Floyd. But he also GIDP'd and K'd twice. ( C ) Caleb Joseph also had a multi-hit night, touching up Minor for a 2B and hitting a HR in the 8th. He would also catch 1 of 2 base thieves; which, by the way, represented 1/3rd of the innings Yoon is credited with recording, so...moving on.
Game 1: Richmond (Giants) 5 Bowie 3
(LHP) Jake Petit was only marginally more effective than Yoon, tossing 4 innings while allowing just 4 ER via 7 Hits and 2 walks. He K'd 3, but also uncorked a wild pitch. A 4 run 1st inning was his undoing, where he allowed 5 consecutive singles to start the game.
The offense tried in vain to make a go of it. Older bros (3B) Buck Britton and (DH) Sharlon Schoop each contributed to the effort. The elder Britton with a hit, a walk, and 2 RsBI. While the elder Schoop hit a HR and drew a walk. (CF) Dariel Alvarez also contributed 2 base knocks. Forgettable night for both (1B) Christian Walker and ( C ) Michael Ohlman who each went 0-3 with a GIDP. Ohlman also had his hands full defensively, allowing 3 SBs in 3 attempts (all with Petit on the mound though, so perhaps that was a primary contributing factor.)
Game 2: Richmond 1 Bowie 2
The Baysox were able to secure a split behind a fine enough pitching performance by the troika of Matt Bischoff, Jason Gurka, and Oliver Drake. In total: 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BBs, 11 Ks. 119 pitches, 81 strikes. 9 groundouts to 4 flyouts.
(CF) Dariel Alvarez, (3B) Buck Britton, and (2B) Sharlon Schoop continued their onslaught against Flying Squirrel pitching by each putting up 2 hit games. While (1B) Christian Walker and (DH) Michael Ohlman each continued to struggle, going 0-3 each with 3 combined Ks. Alvarez added an OF assist to his stat sheet as well by gunning down some poor schmuck trying to turn a single into a double.
Carolina (Cleveland) 7 Frederick 0
There would be no joy in
Mudville Frederick on this Opening Night. (RHP) Branden Kline was good, going 6 IP and K'ing 8 while yielding just 2 ER via 3 H and 2 BBs. But the 'pen melted down, allowing 5 ER over the final 3 frames. Meanwhile the offense was offensive, managing just 2 hits and 2 walks to 7 Ks. (CF) Glynn Davis hit a 3B. He's fast.
Game 1: Delmarva 2 Hagerstown (Nats) 10
Another blowout loss for the Baby Birds. (RHP) Austin Urban made his A-ball debut and received about the same greeting as Yoon did at AAA. 3 IP, 7 Hits and 1 Walk led to 7 ER. He K'd but 1, though the 7:1 groundout : flyout ratio is pretty spiffy. So there's that. The only real saving graces of this game is that (CF) Josh Hart went 3-3 and ( C ) Chance Sisco went 1-2 with a 2B and a Walk. Each contributed an RBI, and each of those RsBI came with 2 outs on the board. So that's nice.
Game 2: Delmarva 1 Hagerstown 7
Another game, another poor pitching line. This one belongs to (RHP) Luc Rennie: 4.2 IP, 12 H, 7 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HBPs, 2 out of 3 SB attempts successful.
Another game, another inept offensive performance. Just 4 hits and no walks for the Shorebird offense. Though one of those hits was a HR by (3B) Hector Veloz.
So, in total the O's affiliates went 1-5 on the night, getting outscored by a collective 40-13. yikes.