Norfolk Tides 3, Charlotte Knights 6
The Tides haven't won on Opening Day since 2007 and this night would be no different. Chris Parmalee homered on the game's first pitch and it all went downhill from there. Tyler Wilson struck out seven and only allowed one walk, but also allowed a pair of home runs and four earned runs. Nolan Reimold had a very Reimoldian night with a single, a walk and a steal. Christian Walker doubled and Henry Urrutia had a pair of hits.
Per the Tides, with two strikeouts this evening, Steve Johnson now has the second most career strikeouts by a Tides pitcher since the Tides became an O's affiliate in 2007.
Bowie Baysox 2, Richmond Flying Squirrels 3
The Baysox went toe to toe with the Flying Squirrels for 13 innings and change, but 26 year old reliever Andrew Triggs allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the 14th.
Tim Berry made an abbreviated four inning start, but was effective. Mychal Given struck out three without walking anyone in 1.2 innings while Gene Escat followed up given with a four strikeout performance over two innings. Mie Yastrzemski singled and walked while Glynn Davis singled, doubled and stole a base.
Frederick Keys 0, Winston-Salem Dash13
Lefty Mitch Horacek struck out eight, walked three and got eight outs via the groundball (aided by three double plays). Though the defense helped Horacek out at times, it also bedeviled him and his successors on the mound. The Dash lived up to their name as they victimized Chance Sisco for seven steals. Sisco also failed to block a wild pitch on a third strike and was 0-3 on the day. The combination of Jimmy Yacabonis, Dylan Rheault and Ronan Pacheco allowed nine runs over the next 3.2 innings, including a seven run seventh. In one inning plus three batters, Yacabonis walked six Knights. Dating back to 2014, Yacabonis now has allowed 34 walks in 29.1 innings at Frederick.
Delmarva Shorebirds 10, Greensboro Grasshoppers 0
Pretty great full season debut from former Mountaineer John Means. The 2014 11th Rounder twirled six shutout innings, striking out seven along the way. He allowed three hits and walked none while inducing seven groundouts. Serving as the DH, Calvert Hall alum Alex Murphy went three for five aevd drove in a run. Cuban defector Elier Leyva was 2-4 in his stateside debut.
Norfolk: Mike Wright
Bowie: Elih Villanueva
Frederick; David Hess
Delamarva: Tanner Chleborad
Full box scores available here.