Norfolk Tides 4, Rochester (Twins) 3
Christian Walker had three hits for the Tides, including a solo home run in the sixth inning and an RBI double in the seventh that put Norfolk on top for good. Walker had two doubles in addition to the homer. That was part of a 12-hit effort by the Tides offense. Teammates Nolan Reimold, Henry Urrutia, and Michael Almanzar also had multi-hit games.
Mike Wright started the game for Norfolk and netted himself a minimum quality start - six innings, three earned runs. Wright only gave up three hits and a walk but still ended up having the runs hung on him. Some days it's just not your day. He still got the win anyway. Oliver Drake grabbed his fourth save with a perfect ninth.
Harrisburg (Walgreens) 2, Bowie Baysox 1
The Baysox managed to lose the game despite having 11 hits to Harrisburg's six. This wasted a gem of a game pitched by Tim Berry, who needed it after the beginning of his season. Berry gave up two runs on five hits and a walk in eight innings of work. He notched five strikeouts. Unfortunately, one of the five hits he allowed was a solo home run to .197 hitter Matt Skole and his teammates managed to score only one run even though they were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Mike Yastrzemski, Chris O'Brien, and Quincy Latimore each had a pair of hits for the Baysox.
Carolina (Braves) 1, Frederick Keys 0
Here we have another waste of a good starting pitching effort. Keys starter Mitch Horacek gave up just one run on three hits and three walks in six innings of work, while striking out six Mudcats batters. The run scored on a solo home run hit by Jacob Schrader.
Unfortunately for Horacek, his offense got him approximately bupkis. The Keys had only four hits last night, much like their parent club did at "home" in Tampa. It's hard to win baseball games like that.
Augusta (Giants) 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 4
Actual names appearing in the Augusta GreenJackets box score: Johneshwy Fargas, Travious Relaford, Skyler Ewing, Dusten Knight. An actual name appearing in the Shorebirds box score is Zeke McGranahan, who was regrettably the losing pitcher. McGranahan allowed a run in the eighth inning, his second of two innings of work, and the Shorebirds couldn't counter in the ninth.
Outfielder Jay Gonzalez was almost a one man army for the Shorebirds, picking up three hits, including a double. He also walked. I like walks. The caught stealing I could do without. Conor Bierfeldt drove in two of Delmarva's four runs.
You can find the complete box scores for Friday here.
Saturday's Probable Starters
Norfolk: T.J. McFarland
Bowie: Elih Villanueva
Frederick: David Hess
Delmarva: Brian Gonzalez