Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 1, Norfolk Tides 0 (14 innings)
A 1-0 game that went 14 innings must have been quite the boring affair. The Tides had their share of scoring chances, but they completely whiffed on every one of them, going 0-15 in at-bats with runners in scoring position. Sheesh. The lack of offense meant there was no support for a strong start made by Michael Bowden, who pitched seven innings of one hit ball, walking two batters and striking out two. The 28-year-old has been both long reliever and spot starter for the Tides and he's put up an impressive 1.32 ERA in his 47.1 innings of work.
Chris Parmelee had a 3-6 game and walked for good measure. Paul Janish had two hits, including a triple, and also walked twice. Unfortunately, there were a lot of 0-fors all around outside of those two.
Bowie Baysox 8, Portland (Red Sox) 7
The Baysox had command of this game after a six-run second inning. They let the Sea Dogs play their way back into it in the ninth inning. Portland scored five runs in the inning to pull back to a one run deficit, and the tying run was already on first base by the time the game ended. Bowie reliever Kenn Kasparek soaked all five earned runs without recording an out. That is tough.
Bowie's starter was Parker Bridwell, who only gave up two runs, but also only pitched 4.2 innings. He managed to give up six hits and four walks in that time. It is ever thus with Bridwell.
On the plus side, recently-promoted first baseman Trey Mancini continued his hot streak in his first taste of the Eastern League. Mancini went 2-3 and walked in the game, also driving in two runs. He's only been around for seven games. They're seven impressive games, though - a .296/.345/.556 batting line so far.
Potomac (Walgreens) 4, Frederick Keys 1
Frederick drew the tough assignment of batting against Lucas Giolito in this game. Giolito was a first round pick back in 2012 and he was in the top 10 of the usual prospect-industrial complex lists for all of baseball before this season. They got eight hits off him in 6.1 innings, which isn't bad, considering. They just couldn't capitalize on any of the chances they got.
One downer in this game is that the Potomac team was running almost at will off Keys pitchers and catcher Chance Sisco. Potomac stole five bases in the game and did not have a runner thrown out.
Kannapolis (White Sox) 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 1
There's not a whole lot interesting to say about this particular game either. Delmarva just lost. They only had eight hits in the whole game and three of those came off the bat of leadoff batter Jay Gonzalez. Two of his three hits were triples. He also walked, which he's done 46 times in 56 games. That's a lot of walks! Gonzalez's batting line looks like this: .296/.423/.364. Hopefully he gets a bump up to Frederick soon because it seems like he's earned one.
The Shorebirds starter was Matthew Grimes, who gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in 6.1 innings of work. Grimes struck out five Intimidators. That'll get you a win most of the time.
If you'd like complete box scores from the Orioles affiliates on this Friday, including the two Dominican Summer League teams, you can find them here.
Saturday's Probable Pitchers
Norfolk: Zach Davies
Delmarva: Josh Walker