Norfolk Tides 7, Durham Bulls 5 - The Tides beat the Bulls last night behind the mediocre pitching of Freddy Garcia, who allowed 3 runs on 10 hits and a walk in 5 innings pitched. Mark Hendrickson gave up the other two runs, which were unearned thanks to a fielding error by Jonathan Schoop. Hendo also intentionally walked Wil Myers in that inning, which seems to me like it should be against the rules in the minors.
On offense, Jason Pridie and Schoop each homered in the game. The homer was Schoop's only hit if the day, and Pridie added a double and walk. L.J. Hoes and Russ Canzler had three hits apiece, with Hoes scoring three runs. Danny Valencia had a good day with two doubles. My spring training favorite Connor Jackson went 0-for-5. Oops.
Bowie Baysox 7, Akron Aeros 10 - The good news is that the Baysox scored seven runs tonight. The bad news is, well...look at how many they gave up. Devin Jones started for the Baysox and went 6 1/3 innings while giving up 3 runs (2 earned). He was followed by Sean Gleason, who allowed the Aeros to score four more runs thanks to four hits and a walk. After the Baysox scored four runs in the bottom of the 7th to tie it, Jason Gurka shut down the Aeros for two innings to keep the team in the game, but Tom Boleska blew it in the 10th inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk.
The Baysox had no homers tonight but did get doubles from Lew Ford, Zelous Wheeler, Buck Britton, and John Ruettiger. Camden Chat favorite Ty Kelly didn't get a hit, but he did draw two walks and score two runs.
Frederick Keys 4, Wilmington Blue Rocks 3 - SUSPENDED - After the Keys scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 4-3 lead over the Blue Rocks, the rain came and forced the game to be suspended with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. The last play of the game was a dropped pop up by Michael Olhman. If he could have just held on the game could have been called with the Keys winning, but given how hard it rained for awhile in Baltimore last night it's hard to know without being there if the weather played a part in him dropping the pop up. At any rate, the game will be finished today before their regularly scheduled game.
Tim Berry made the start for the Keys and he was great. He pitched six innings and struck out 8, while walking 2. He gave up 2 runs, just one earned, on two hits. Through the first five innings Berry allowed just one baserunner on a one-out walk in the fifth. Both runs came in the sixth thanks to a couple singles, a walk, a wild pitch, and an error in the outfield by Glynn Davis.
The Keys scored one run in the top of the first without a hit, as Davis reached on an error and then scored on an error. After that they were shut down until the seventh inning when Zane Chavez walked and NIcky Delmonico doubled him in, this second double of the game. They scored two in the eighth when Travis Adair doubled, Ohlman walked, and Delmonico singled in Adair. It was a big game for Delmonico. Ohlman scored the second run of the inning on a sac fly by Brenden Webb.
Delmarva Shorebirds 0, Hagerstown Suns 4 - Shorebirds starting pitcher Matt Taylor didn't do so well. He lasted just two innings, giving up 4 runs (1 earned) on three hits and two walks. I wondered if he got hurt coming out that early, but I can't find any record of that, so I guess he was just bad. Matt Hobgood, on the other hand, was very good. He pitched three scoreless innings with just 1 hit, no walks, and 3 strikeouts.
The Shorebirds couldn't touch Suns starter Brett Mooneyham (that's really his name). He pitched six shutout innings with just one hit and three walks. Relief pitcher Brian Raugh pitched the last three innings and while the Shorebirds got 5 hits, they couldn't score any runs.
All six hits the Shorebirds managed were singles, and no Shorebird had more than one hit.