Game 1: Norfolk 4, Scranton / WB (Yankees) 6 (Final / 11 Innings)
It was a bullpen game for the Tides as Daniel McCutchen and Chris Jones got the tandem start. Neither was particularly effective, as the combined to give up 10 H and 6 BBs over 6.2 IP which resulted in 4 ER. Old friend Corey Patterson accounted for 2 of those hits and a SB. For the Tides, (RF) L.J. Hoes continues swinging the moderately hot stick. He went 2-5, w/ a BB. Though he did get CS as well. (1B) Russ Canzler, (DH) Zelous Wheeler, and (3B) Brandon Waring each recorded multi-hit efforts. Canzler had a 3-run HR which tied the game in the 7th and Waring had 2 Doubles. Personal hobby horse for 2013, (SS) Brandon Wood went 1-4, w/ a Double and a SF.
Game 2: Norfolk 5, Scranton / WB (Yankees) 2
Jake needs to stop doing this to me. The dashing Mr. Arrieta took the hill for the Tides in Game 2 and tossed a rather nice effort. 6+ innings, 7 hits (1 HR, a solo shot), 0 walks, 5 strikeouts (all swinging K's), 1 HBP, and 2 ER. In addition to having some swing-and-miss, he kept the ball on the ground; recording 7 ground outs to 2 fly outs and 2 double plays. You'll all be sorry for doubting him one day! /shakes fist ruefully.
Other 2013 Under the Radar Minor League Hobby Horse, (RHP) Jairo Asencio pitched another scoreless inning of relief. He has now K'd 30 and walked but 7 over 31.2 IP with a 2.56 ERA. Have a day, (1B) Russ Canzler. A 4-4 effort with 2 Doubles and a BB in the second game. (SS) Brandon Wood went 2-4, though he was also picked off 2nd base. (RF) L.J. Hoes had a 1-4 effort with a BB. And (LF) Xavier Avery popped his first HR with the Tides this season.
Altoona (Pirates) 9, Bowie 10
A rather impressive matchup of Pitchers headlined this event. Top prospect (RHP) Jameson Tallion vs. up-and-comer (RHP) Devin Jones. Unfortunately, neither lived up to their potential on this night. Jones was knocked around early and often, allowing 9 Hits and 8 Runs (7 Earned) over 3+ innings of work. The bulk of the damage came on a 3-run HR to highly regarded (CF) Gregory Polanco in the 1st and a 2-run HR to Aldaberto Santos in the 4th. On the bright side, Jones did K 5 (though 4 of those were called Strike 3s) and walk just 1. He's had a rough go of it since his promotion to Bowie, giving up multiple earned runs in every start thus far and allowing 9 HRs in 54.1 IP. He is getting Ks though (8.1/9) and the BBs are manageable (2.7/9), but he is just very hittable at the moment. Hopefully he can make the needed adjustments and things will begin trending in the proper direction.
However! Mr. Jones was not the only disappointing pitcher in this game. Hot-shot prospect Jameson Tallion also got a bit roughed up. Take that, Andrew_G! Tallion only managed 5 innings of work, over which he allowed just 4 hits and 2 ER, but 5 BBs and a HBP as well while recording just 3 Ks. His wildness suggest that he pitched after having downed a bottle of the whiskey he shares a name with. Particularly encouraging is that (RF) Henry Urrutia managed a 2-2 w/ 1 BB effort off Tallion. He would finish with a 2-3, and 2 BBs on the night. (DH) Nolan Reimold put up another 0-for, and K'd twice, but he did draw 2 BBs. (3B) Ty Kelly may have gone 0-2, but he did draw 1 BB and notched 2 SFs. ( C ) Caleb Joseph would go 1-5, w/ a Double.
Myrtle Beach (Rangers) 6, Frederick 13
(LHP) Tim Berry showed why left handed pitching may just be the O's strongest and deepest portion of the organization. That's a valuable commodity to have. 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks, and 1 WP. He was followed by (LHP) Trent Howard, who would pitch 2 perfect innings, K'ing 2. On offense, (3B) Nick Delmonico and (1B) Christian Walker each had 2 hit efforts and scored 2 runs apiece. Walker would add a SB, while Delmonico would add an Error, his 14th on the season. ( C ) Michael Ohlman continues to mash. 1-3, w/ a 2-run HR and 2 BBs. (RF) Brendan Webb came on to replace John Ruetigger for some reason and did what he does: 1-3, w/ a Double and 2 Ks.
Asheville (Rockies) 0, Delmarva 2
(RHP) Parker Bridwell, baby! He followed up his 8 IP, 10 K gem with 6.2 IP of shutdown pitching, allowing 7 hits, walking 1, and striking out 7 (all swinging punchouts). I'd certainly be interested to know if he received some guidance from Mr. Peterson, or if things have just randomly clicked for him. Either way, love to see him having some sustained success. On offense, (SS) Adrian Marin managed a 3-3 on the night. He's managed to raise his AVG up to .273 on the year now. The OBP is a bit hollow though (.323), and he offers almost nothing in SLG (.356). But if he can stick at SS defensively, those will be acceptable enough numbers.
Aberdeen 5, Brooklyn (Mets) 4 (Final / 10 innings)
Whoa, Sebastian Vader. 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 10 Ks (9 swinging!). (3B) Hector Veloz continues his hot start to the season. he went 2-4, w/ a BB.
GCL Rays 5, GCL O's 9
Let the legend of (LF) Andrickson Zorrilla commence. 1-4, w/ a 2 run HR and a BB. Local product, and 2013 draftee, ( C ) Alex Murphy made his debut and got a hit in his 1 at bat. Fellow draftee, Chance Sisco also debuted and had a 2-4 day as the DH. (RHP) Julio Rodriguez, who came over from the Phillies earlier this year, pitched 4 innings, allowing 4 Hits, 1 BB, and 2 ER while K'ing 4 and inducing 5 ground outs to zero fly outs.
DSL Twins 4, DSL O's1 5 (Final / 10 innings)
(2B) Alexander Mercedes had a 3-3, w/ 2 Doubles and a BB. Interesting seeing him get a look at 2B. He's typically been used at CF in the past. (1B) Victor Medina went 1-4, w/ a BB. 21 y/o RHP Carlos Sosa pitched 2 innings of relief and allowed but 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 4. He has K'd 17 over 13.1 IP thus far and walked just 3.
DSLO's2 0, DSL Yankees 4
Not much of note here, as the offense K'd 15 times while recording just 4 hits and 3 walks. 19 y/o LHP Johalis Pacheco pitched 4 innings and K'd 6 while allowing just 3 hits, 3 BBs, and 1 Earned Run.