Norfolk Tides 3, Syracuse Chiefs 9
Edgmer Escalona, who is currently on a rehab assignment after being placed on the 60-day DL during spring training, got lit up last night. In just four innings Escalona gave up seven runs on ten hits, including two home runs. In six rehab games so far (three starts) Escalona has pitched a total of 20 1/3 innings with 27 hits, 5 walks, 4 home runs, and 14 runs. Something tells me that when his rehab time is up, he might just be released.
Former Oriole Clay "the Imp" Rapada made his Tides debut in the game, pitching one inning with one double allowed.
On offense, the Tides hit for the cycle with 3B Buck Britton homering, LF Xavier Paul tripling, 2B Jemile Weeks doubling, and four other guys with singles. Steve Clevenger had one hit in two at bats before he had to come out of the game when he was hit on a batter's follow through. X-rays were negative and he has a bruise on his elbow. Get well soon, Steve!
Frederick Keys 10, Carolina Mudcats 11
The Keys had a spectacular meltdown last night, giving up eight runs over their final two innings to lose by one run. Starting pitcher Joe Van Meter had a mediocre but passable start, giving up three runs over five innings. He gave way to Mychal Givens, who pitched two scoreless innings, and then things fell apart. Miguel Chalas started the eighth but retired only one batter and ended up getting charged with six runs. The first four batters he faced singled, and he walked the fifth with the bases loaded. After one more RBI single he was pulled for Gene Escat, who let the rest of Chalas' runners score. Still, they took a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Escat blew it thanks to three singles and two walks in the inning. Oy.
At least the offense was good, though. Just promoted from Delmarva yesterday, 1B Trey Mancini and LF Mike Yastrzemski made a good first impression on their new team. Mancini double, homered, and had four RBI, and Lil' Yaz went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. DH Michael Burgess also homered, and 3B Jason Esposito had two doubles. RF Brendan Webb was 0-for-3 with two walks.
Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Lexington Legends 5
The Shorebirds had to come back twice to win this one. They came back from a 4-0 deficit to go ahead 5-4, then allowed the Legends to tie the game in the eighth before scoring two in the bottom of the inning to go ahead for good. Mitch Horacek started for the Shorebirds and his night would have looked a lot better if his defense hadn't let him down. Two errors in the fourth inning and a passed ball in the fifth led to two unearned runs, giving Horacek four runs allowed on the day. His pitching line: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. Williams Louico replaced him and was bad. Two walks and a single in the seventh inning, though no runs scored. And in the eighth he got two outs but gave up a single, a walk, and threw a wild pitch before being replaced by Dylan Rhealt. Rhealt allowed the tying run to come in but got out of the inning, and pitched a scoreless ninth.
The offense succeeded despite just losing two of their best hitters to the Keys, as they scored seven runs on eight singles and six walks. 3B Drew Dosch was 3-for-5 and 1B Creede Simpson, who was demoted from the Keys when Mancini was promoted, had two hits and a walk. LF Anthony Vega walked twice.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 4, Staten Island Yankees 5
The Ironbirds pitching staff struggled with control in last night's loss, issuing six walks. Starting pitcher Janser Severino walked three and gave up six hits and two runs in 3 1/3 innings. His relief, Dariel Delgado, gave up three runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched, two of which came on a home run. And Eric Green struck out five in 2 1/3 innings, but also walked three.
Calvert Hall alumnus Alex Murphy was the DH last night and went 3-for-5. LF Sam Kimmel went 2-for-4 with a walk. 2B Ronarsy Ledesma had two hits and walk, and catcher Jonah Heim homered. RF Andrickson Zorilla, mentioned only for his awesome name, went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
For more details on these games as well as the two teams in the Dominican Summer League, check out MiLB.com.
Norfolk Tides vs. Indianapolis Indians, 7:05 p.m.
Tides SP: Nick Additon
Special appearance by the Zooperstars! Cow Ripken, Jr.! Monkey Mantle! Harry Canary!
Bowie Baysox vs. Binghamton Mets, 6:35 p.m.
Baysox SP: Jake Pettit
It's fireworks night at Prince George's Stadium
Frederick Keys @ Carolina Mudcats, 7:00 p.m.
Keys SP: Mark Blackmar
Delmarva Shorebirds vs. Lexington Legends, 7:05 p.m.
Shorebirds SP: Steven Brault
It's Big Beer Friday at Perdue Stadium. Just $6 for 32 oz beers, followed by fireworks!
Aberdeen Ironbirds vs Brooklyn Cyclones, 7:35 p.m.
Ironbirds SP: TBD
It's Opening Night at Ripken Stadium. The first 873 fans through the gates get a schedule magnet, and all fans will get to see fireworks after the game. 873. Get it?