Charlotte Knights 8, Norfolk Tides 1
Norfolk fell to 2-4 on the year with this loss, largely in part to a very rough start from Odrisamer Despaigne. The infamous Orioles offseason signing allowed seven earned runs over just four innings, giving up nine hits and a walk. He's now 0-2 on the season with an 8.00 ERA ... not exactly the best way to earn a call-up.
On offense, the Tides didn't exactly provide much to write home about. Christian Walker had a hit and yet another RBI, while Joey Terdoslavich put a number two in the "get on base" category with a hit and a walk. The team had just three at-bats with runners in scoring position all afternoon.
Lefty Andy Oliver did manage to put together a nice outing from the bullpen, throwing three scoreless with three Ks. Late addition Zach Phillips also performed well, striking out all three of his outs in a one-hit ninth inning.
Erie SeaWolves 4, Bowie Baysox 3
Jayson Aquino got the start and the loss for Bowie, allowing seven hits and four earned runs over his five innings of work. Despite the loss from the starting arm, the O's did get an impressive outing from 28-year-old lefty Ashur Tolliver. He threw three innings of shutout baseball, striking out five in the process.
The lineup only provided five hits, two of them solo home runs. Garabez Rosa, the starter in center, and first baseman Trey Mancini both went yard. It should be noted, though, that Mancini struck out his other three times at the place, putting on a full "Chris Davis special" in Bowie.
Frederick Keys 5, Salem Red Sox 3
The Keys upped their record to 4-3 on Wednesday morning, led by a nice outing from their starter. 22-year-old John Means picked up his first win of the season. The left-hander allowed just two runs in five innings of work, walking one and coughing up four hits.
On offense, Frederick sprinted out of the gate to score four runs over the first three innings. Young outfielder Josh Hart went 1-2 with a home run and two walks, while 25-year-old Cam Kneeland boosted his batting average to .429 with a two-hit game.
Max Schuh, the left-hander from UCLA, worked an inning and a third without allowing a run - Michael Zouzalik, who is playing in the minors for the first time since 2013 this year, picked up two outs at the end of the game to pick up his first save of the season.
Kannapolis Intimidators 8, Delmarva Shorebirds 7
Delmarva dropped their third game of the season on Wednesday thanks to a four-spot in the seventh inning from Kannapolis (a name that my laptop wants to change to Annapolis ... MD pride!).
20-year-old Brian Gonzalez had a shaky start in his second outing for the team, allowing four runs, six hits and two walks over his five innings of work. He did however get seven hitters to whiff, while at the same time getting five other outs to ground out.
Catcher/First Baseman Alex Murphy, a Calvert Hall alum, continued his impressive start with another hit and run scored (.370 average). Ryan Mountcastle, the 19-year-old shortstop, went 1-3 with an RBI single.
Out of the 'pen, the best name in the O's system (Christian Turnipseed) didn't allow a run and struck out one during his inning and a third.
Norfolk vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05. Starter: Nick Additon
Bowie vs. Akron RubberDucks, 6:35. Starter: Joe Gunkel
Frederick vs. Lynchburg Hillcats, 7:00. Starter: Matthew Grimes
Delmarva vs. Hagerstown Suns, 7:05. Starter: Cory Jones