Toledo (Tigers) 3, Norfolk Tides 1
Old friends abound on the Mud Hens roster, with the game having been started by Mike Belfiore and also seeing time from the likes of Xavier Avery and Brendan Harris. Both teams had six hits, which really isn't very many at all. A big problem for the Tides, however, is that knuckleballing wizard Eddie Gamboa walked six guys in 5.1 innings of work. He was charged with three runs, two earned, with the unearned run coming as the result of an error made by Sharlon Schoop.
Three of Norfolk's six hits were collected by Julio Borbon. That's not such a great sign for any given game. One good thing, however, is that Dariel Alvarez picked up a pair of hits. He's batting .386 over his last ten games and has multi-hit games in eight of those ten games.
Bowie Baysox 5, Trenton (Yankees) 3
The much-talked about rehab debut of Jonathan Schoop was not very exciting as far as Schoop was concerned. He went 0-4 at the plate, but he also didn't suffer any grievous injury, so I guess that counts as a win! Also the Baysox won the game which definitely counts as a win.
Joe Gunkel, who was the return in the Alejandro De Aza trade, made his latest start for Bowie, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out four batters. Gunkel was out-dueled by the Thunder's Brady Lail. The team rallied against a Trenton reliever, tagging poor Johnny Barbato with four runs in no part of an inning. Mike Yastrzemski tripled with the bases loaded to help Bowie surge ahead in the game.
A recent favorite of this space, Bowie first baseman Trey Mancini, went 2-3 with a double and a walk in the game, and he also drove in one of the Bowie runs. After 13 games in the Eastern League, his batting line sits at .348/.392/.652. Longtime favorite of this space, Glynn Davis, also had two hits in the game.
Frederick Keys 5, Wilmington (Royals) 1
A four run seventh inning did the damage for Frederick, with much of that being the result of a three-run home run hit by Josh Hart. That was Hart's first home run of the season. Chance Sisco had a pair of hits in the game for the Keys. Both Hart and Sisco stole a base in the game. What is going on when a catcher is stealing a base?
They were kept in the contest by a good start from recent trade acquisition Chris Lee, who went six innings and gave up a run on five hits and a walk.
Hagerstown (Walgreens) 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 2
Delmarva's catcher in this game goes by the name of Phildrick Llewellyn, which is just awesome. He went hitless and is batting just .136, which is a bit less awesome. Actually, the Shorebirds only had four hits. That will make it tough to win any time. Two of the four hits were off the bat of second baseman Stephen Wilkerson, and RBI leader Conor Bierfeldt drove in another run to bring up his total to 56 on the season. I like to say good things when I see Jay Gonzalez do good things, though in this particular game he was caught stealing once and picked off another time.
Hudson Valley (Rays) 7, Aberdeen Ironbirds 2
This was the season opener for Aberdeen, the short-season A-ball team in the New York-Penn League. They're in neither New York nor Penn, but hey, close enough. Just kind of by default, nobody who really is expected to matter all that much at this time starts out on the short-season A-ball roster for the first game; the high draft picks haven't quite signed yet and if they were kicking around in the system from previous years and they were important, they'd be at a full season affiliate.
That said, a couple of 2015 draftees, Cedric Mullins and Jerry McClanahan, both made their professional debuts in this game and each had two hits as well. That's excellent for them. May it be the first of many! Probably the most prospect-y player in the game for Aberdeen was reliever Tanner Scott, last year's sixth round pick, who gave up a run on three hits and three walks in 2.1 innings. Scott also struck out three batters. He is a lefty who can throw hard and maybe that will get harnessed into something.
Saturday's Probable Pitchers:
Bowie: TBD (possibly a short appearance by Miguel Gonzalez)
Frederick: David Hess (Wei-Yin Chen will probably pitch at some point) It's Cowboy Monkey Rodeo night!
Delmarva: Lucas Long
For full box scores for Friday's games, including the adventures of the two Orioles affiliates in the Dominican Summer League, take a gander here.