Rochester (Twins) 11, Norfolk Tides 4 (7 innings - game 1)
This was the first rehab start for the ailing Bud Norris. It did not go well. Bud got bombed, plain and simple. He was torched for 12 hits in 2.2 innings and gave up a whopping nine runs, including two home runs to Kennys Vargas of the Red Wings. By game's end, Rochester had 17 hits, which is somewhat astounding when you remember that minor league doubleheaders only play to seven innings. Seven of the nine Rochester starters had multiple hits in the game and everyone in their starting lineup had at least one hit.
Nolan Reimold had a 4-4 game for Norfolk, including two doubles. Chris Parmelee drove in two of the four Tides runs.
Norfolk Tides 3, Rochester (Twins) 0 (7 innings - game 2)
Now that's more like it. The Tides rode a two-run home run from Dariel Alvarez in the first inning of the game all the way to the end. Michael Bowden helped out by pitching a solid 5.1 innings while giving up four hits and a walk. He struck out six Rochester batters. Cesar Cabral and Jorge Rondon combined to close the door the rest of the way.
Reimold was both picked off and caught stealing at different times in the game. Come on, Nolan, don't get TOOTBLANed! We want to see you in the big leagues.
Richmond (Giants) 5, Bowie Baysox 4
A three-run fifth inning by the Flying Squirrels is what really did in Bowie. Tim Berry, the Baysox starter, was knocked out before he could finish that inning. His day ended with 4.2 innings of work and five runs, all earned, on nine hits and two walks. That is a rough day at the office, for sure.
Glynn Davis and David Freitas each had three hits for Bowie, and it was Freitas who drove in three of the four Baysox runs, including one on a solo home run, his second blast of the year. Bowie did not help their cause by grounding into four double plays during the course of the game.
Frederick Keys 14, Lynchburg (Indians) 4
When you get 16 hits, you are probably going to win a game. The Keys really walloped Hillcats starter Mitch Brown, and they stuck it to the bullpen too. Every Keys hitter in the starting lineup had a hit, with Brenden Webb and Trey Mancini each delivering three-hit games. Four Frederick hitters drove in multiple runs, with Webb bringing home four, Adrian Marin and Jeff Kemp driving in three each, and Austin Wynns grabbing a pair of RBI.
Mancini, who was in a bit of a slump to start the season, has now raised his batting line to .304/.322/.482 on the season. While all of this was going on, Keys starter Mitch Horacek struck out ten batters in 6.2 innings of work. He gave up three runs on four hits and a walk, but hey, when your team scores 14, there's a lot of room for error.
West Virginia (Pirates) 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 1
Delmarva starter Bennett Parry cruised through five innings. He came out for the sixth and pitched to three batters, but none of them were retired and all of them ended up scoring before the inning was done. Three of the five hits happened in that inning before he was pulled: a double, a single, and a triple.
The lone Shorebirds run came on a fourth inning home run by Elier Leyva, his second on the season. That was one of only five hits that they had in the game. Despite not having very many runners, they still had a number of chances with runners in scoring position, but they ended up going 0-9 with RISP for the game.
You can check out the day's complete box scores for each game here.
Saturday's Probable Starters
Norfolk: Elih Villanueva
Bowie: Terry Doyle
Frederick: Chris Lee
Delmarva: John Means