Norfolk Tides 11, Gwinnett (Braves) 1 (7 innings)
Some way, some how, Chien-Ming Wang is still pitching in the professional ranks. After a day like he had on this makeup game from a Tuesday rainout, perhaps he needs to consider doing something else. The Tides blew him up for ten runs in only three innings of work.
Norfolk had two big league ringers doing some rehab. Starter Bud Norris finally had himself a minor league start where he looked like he had something left in the tank. Norris threw four hitless innings in the game before being lifted, probably to give him the chance to start in Sunday's game for the Orioles. Catcher Matt Wieters was also in action, batting leadoff to make sure he'd get the most plate appearances. He went 2-3 with a walk in the game. Hopefully he can carry that into his return to the Orioles.
Tides hitters had 14 hits in the game. Along with Wieters, Chris Parmelee and Dariel Alvarez had two hits apiece, with Rey Navarro and Christian Walker both collecting three hits. Walker hit two doubles and drove in four of Norfolk's 11 runs.
Gwinnett (Braves) 2, Norfolk Tides 1 (8 innings)
Remember, in a minor league doubleheader, they only play seven innings, although it took eight to resolve this one in favor of the Braves. I guess the Tides used all of their offense up in the first game they played, because they only had four hits in this game. One of those four hits was a Wieters home run, after which he was lifted. His next game will be in Cleveland.
Tyler Wilson had a great start for Norfolk, giving up only a run on five hits in seven innings of work. Wilson walked none and struck out four.
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 1, Bowie Baysox 0
Good grief. Are these guys trying to follow the big league team with offensive futility or what? The Baysox only had three hits in the entire game. That meant that starter Elih Villanueva's strong outing was in vain. Well, I shouldn't say it was in vain, because it's always good to succeed individually for the sake of success.
It wasn't enough for Bowie to win even though Villanueva pitched eight innings, only allowing five hits and a walk. The lone run that scored was unearned, the result of second baseman Garabez Rosa's fifth error of the season.
Frederick Keys - off
Delmarva Shorebirds - scheduled doubleheader postponed by rain
If you'd like to check out the full box scores from yesterday's games, including the action of both Dominican Summer League Orioles teams, you can find them here.
Thursday's Probable Pitchers:
Norfolk: Eddie Gamboa
Bowie: Tim Berry
Frederick: David Hess
Delmarva: John Means