Norfolk 9 Louisville (Reds) 4
(RHP) Mike Wright continues to put together soild yet unspectacular outings. This game marked his 3rd consecutive start of 5.2 IP, and second straight start of allowing 5 hits and 2 ER over those 5.2 innings. He walked 1 and K'd 2 en route to throwing 89 pitches (61 for strikes), while inducing 10 ground outs to 4 fly outs. He is sporting a very nice 2.91 ERA on the season with an FIP of 3.26. He may not crack the Baltimore rotation this season, but he could almost certainly see some time in the bullpen, and should certainly be in the mix for a rotation slot come next Spring.
Tides' hitters got a rare treat, should one want to call it that, of facing a rehabbing All Star quality pitcher in the form of (LHP) Aroldis Chapman. And treat it was indeed as they knocked Aroldis around for 4 hits and 5 ER over two-thirds of an inning of work. (3B) Buck Britton had the coup de grâce on Chapman's outing, with a 2 RBI double. The brother Britton would add an Earl Weaver Special later on in the 3rd inning to give himself a nifty 5 RBI game.
Bowie 11 Altoona (Pirates) 7
Speaking of Earl Weaver Specials...(1B) Christian Walker dinged one himself in the 4th inning off a rehabbing Wandy Rodriguez. Add in a walk on the night, and the top infield prospect in the system is now sporting a comfortable .328 / .370 / .531 slash line on the season. Not to be outdone, (CF) Dariel Alvarez notched a 2 for 4 night with 2 RsBI of his own to go along with a HBP. Alvarez is currently T-2nd in the Eastern League with his .358 AVG, T-20th with his .376 OBP, and 3rd with a .575 SLG. Quite a 1-2 punch the Baysox have going there so far. And the recently promoted and aforementioned Buck Britton's name remains on each of those leaderboards as well, for the moment.
(RHP) Tyler Wilson got a bit roughed up for the 2nd straight outing, going 5 innings this time while allowing 5 runs, 4 earned. He did K 6 and walk just 1 though. He seems to have been a bit unlucky so far this season, as his 4.08 ERA is complemented by a sterling 2.28 FIP, which is being driven down primarily by a 48 : 7 K to BB ratio. So long as he isn't giving up dingers and isn't issuing free passes, he should continue to find success.
(RHP) Oliver Drake worked a scoreless 9th, striking out the side. He has now K'd 10 in his 10.2 innings of work on the season, while walking just 2 and yielding but 7 hits. Pretty good.
Frederick 3 Potomac (Nats) 4
(RHP) Brady Wager took a 3-0 lead into the 6th before faltering. A lead off double followed by a single and a 3 run HR promptly erased that lead altogether, and Wager's night was done. Final line: 5 IP, 5 H (1 HR), 3 ER, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. (RHP) Mychal Givens came on and worked two scoreless innings before giving way to (RHP) Gene Escat. Aside from his initial appearance of the season, Escat has enjoyed are rather excellent 2014 thus far. But a one out walk in the 9th would prove his undoing this night. He followed the walk by inducing a pop out, but a line drive double into RF would prove well struck enough to get the runner at first all the way Home for the walk off victory.
(CF) Glynn Davis led off the game by reaching on an error. His speed can initiate such things. He would eventually come around to score. But he took an 0-4 in total on the night. (SS) Adrian Marin went 1-3, but also got picked off 1st base.
Today's probables are as such:
Norfolk: (RHP) Eddie 'Gamblor' Gamboa
Bowie: (LHP) Tim Berry
Frederick: (RHP) Branden Kline
Delmarva: (LHP) Steven Brault