Norfolk Tides 1, Gwinnett (Braves) 0
Not much went the Tides' way in this game, except for the final scoreboard totals. They committed two errors and got only three hits and one walk for the whole game. Gwinnett's starter, Mike Foltynewicz, pitched a complete game and struck out nine. Most of the time that means you lose. But the Tides grouped a walk and two singles in the second inning to score a run, and that turned out to be enough, somehow.
Norfolk starting pitcher Mike Wright blanked the Braves for six innings, scattering five hits and allowing no walks. After three starts on the season, he's sitting pretty with a 1.72 ERA. Taylor Swift's #1 fan Steve Johnson added 1.2 innings in which he gave up three hits and a walk but also struck out three batters. Cesar Cabral closed the door for the Tides, notching the game's final four outs for his first save of the year.
Bowie Baysox 5, Richmond (Giants) 3
What is best in life? Turning four double plays in one game is surely up there on the list. The Baysox did this on Monday as part of this 5-3 victory. They needed the help as Richmond was running all over poor Chris O'Brien, who allowed three steals and committed a throwing error. Outfielders Quincy Latimore and Glynn Davis both had multi-hit games for the Baysox, though Latimore never scored a run even with two doubles. Jason Esposito also had two hits.
Bowie starter Elih Villanueva lasted for five innings, throwing 70 pitches, of which 43 were strikes. He gave up four hits and a walk, with three runs, two earned, and struck out two. He was followed by three scoreless innings from Andrew Triggs, who struck out five. Gene Escat grabbed the save, his first of the year.
Frederick Keys 6, Lynchburg (Indians) 4
Keys third baseman Drew Dosch came a single short of the cycle. That's the easy one, Drew! After a rough start to the season, Dosch is now batting .283/.346/.478. He has multi-hit games in three of his last four games and has driven in ten runs in that time. He drove in four on Monday. Of course we can't scout only the box scores in the minor leagues, but still, that's an impressive streak.
Frederick starter Mitch Horacek struck out eight batters in 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits without walking anybody. It was also his third start of the season and he is sitting with a 2.04 ERA, averaging just short of six innings per start.
Hagerstown (Walgreens) 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 1
Delmarva, you've ruined everything! The affiliates almost swept yesterday. Oh well. The Shorebirds committed an unenviable four errors in the game, leading to four unearned runs that crossed the plate against starter Bennett Parry, whose five hits and two walks in five innings would look a lot better with only the earned run. The Shorebirds batters only got six hits all game and went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
You can find the full box scores for yesterday's games here.
Tuesday's Probable Starters
Norfolk: T.J. McFarland
Bowie: Parker Bridwell
Frederick: David Hess
Delmarva: Brian Gonzalez