Norfolk Tides 7, Charlotte Knights (White Sox) 6
The Tides battled back from deficits of 3-0 and 6-3 to tie the game twice and went ahead on a bases-loaded groundout by Dariel Alvarez in the ninth inning. They had ten hits in the game, five of which were doubles. Mike Wright started the game, giving up three runs in 3.2 IP, with no walks and five strikeouts. Norfolk players committed three errors in the game. Old friend Matt Lindstrom gave up three runs in the eighth inning to blow the Knights' lead.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants) 1, Bowie Baysox 0
The good news is that the Baysox only gave up five hits. The bad news is that they only got three hits and were shut out. Richmond's Jack Snodgrass threw five scoreless for the Flying Squirrels, giving up only one hit. He walked four. Bowie's starter Elih Villanueva gave up the game's lone run on four hits in 5.2 innings. Matt Hobgood had 2.1 scoreless innings of relief in the game. Jason Esposito committed a pair of fielding errors at third base.
Frederick Keys 3, Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox) 2
Frederick held a 3-0 lead and held off the Dash scoring a couple of late runs. Keys starter David Hess, last year's fifth round pick, started the game and pitched five scoreless, walking out three and striking out three. Hess gave up only one hit. Trey Mancini hit a solo homer for the Keys. Three of his teammates each stole a base, including Chance Sisco, showing off some catcher speed. Sisco had two walks in the game.
Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins) 10, Delmarva Shorebirds 2
This one looks ugly, and well, it was. The two teams were tied 1-1 after five innings, with Shorebirds starter Tanner Chleborad, a 16th rounder from last year, holding the Grasshoppers to only an unearned run in five innings of work. That run resulted from Chleborad committing a throwing error, who struck out six and walked none while in the game. Nick Cunningham was the pitcher who got bombed, giving up five runs in 0.2 innings.
Shorebirds second baseman Steven Wilkerson had a double and a triple in the game, and left fielder Conor Bierfeldt drove in the Shorebirds' only runs on a pair of doubles.
All four affiliates have started out 1-1 on the season.
Today's Probable Starters
Norfolk: T.J. McFarland faces off against Charlotte's Carlos Rodon, last year's #3 overall pick
Bowie: Parker Bridwell
Frederick: Luis Gonzalez
Delmarva: Brian Gonzalez
You can find Friday's full box scores here.