Gwinnett (Braves) 5, Norfolk Tides 0
When you only get eight hits, and none of them are for extra bases, you're going to have a hard time scoring runs. Leadoff man Xavier Avery had three of the eight hits but no one ever got a hit in the same inning as he did. The Tides went 0-4 in their few at-bats with runners in scoring position.
The game was actually closer than the final score indicates, as the Tides only trailed 1-0 heading into the eighth inning. However, a Michael Almanzar error led to the Braves hanging four unearned runs on reliever Pedro Beato in the eighth. Tides pitcher Nick Additon had a decent start, giving up only a run on seven hits in six innings of work.
The Tides are 2-5 to start out their season.
Akron (Indians) 3, Bowie Baysox 2
Bowie rallied for two runs in the ninth inning and ended the game with the tying run on second base. They came up just short. But you're probably not going to win many games where you only get seven hits - though the Baysox actually out-hit the Aeros in the game, 7-5.
Joe "The Gunk" Gunkel could have been better and he could have been worse, allowing three runs (two earned) in 5.2 innings. Gunkel gave up four hits, including a home run to MLB.com's #25 prospect, outfielder Clint Frazier. Well, there are worse guys to struggle against.
Shortstop Adrian Marin went 1-3 and drew a walk in the game; he's batting .300 so far. He also committed his third error of the young season.
Lynchburg (Cubs) 8, Frederick Keys 6
The Keys led for most of the game, but a bullpen disaster led to five runs scoring in the eighth and two runs scoring in the ninth. Ouch. Fireballing lefty reliever Tanner Scott managed to give up three earned runs without giving up a hit. It didn't help that he walked four batters. Throw strikes, man.
On the bright side for Frederick, potential breakout prospect Jomar Reyes had a 2-4 night including his first Carolina League home run. Catcher Jonah Heim added two hits of his own, including a double and two RBI. Keys starter Matthew Grimes had himself a good game, striking out six while allowing a run on six hits in six innings - but the bullpen no-decisioned him.
Hagerstown (Walgreens) 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 1
I hate when they all lose. Not much good to say about this one for Delmarva, as they only picked up five hits. D.J. Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle were both hitless.
For the Suns, The Spawn of Cal Ripken Jr. had a 1-5 game.
Today's Scheduled Games
Norfolk: at Gwinnett, 7:05. Starter: Todd Redmond
Bowie: at Akron, 6:35. Starter: David Hess
Frederick: vs. Lynchburg, 7:00. (Fireworks!) Starter: TBD
Delmarva: vs. Hagerstown, 7:05. Starter: Cory Jones
For complete box scores from Thursday's games, check out here.