Gwinnett (Braves) 4, Norfolk Tides 3
I swear it feels like Norfolk has been playing these guys for the entire season so far. And if they are, it's not going very well, as the Tides are 2-8 to begin their season. One might generously say that the Tides have a problem on offense. The problem is that Christian Walker is the only guy who is really hitting. He had a triple in this game. The rest of the Tides had four hits.
Ariel Miranda made his second start at the Triple-A level. All four runs were charged to him over his six innings. Miranda gave up five hits and two walks and struck out two batters while in the game. He'd only thrown 78 pitches, so I guess that's good for some points for efficiency.
Bowie Baysox 9, Akron (Indians) 4
Akron's starter did not complete the first inning - he also didn't give up any hits, but he did walk five guys. How do you walk five guys in less than one inning? That's even worse than a feat of Ubaldian proportions. Thanks to all of the walks, the Baysox got their nine runs on only six hits. Popular dude Trey Mancini went 0-3 but drew two walks.
Bowie's starting pitcher was lefty Christopher "I'm Not Saruman" Lee, who held the Rubber Ducks to two runs on four hits and a walk over six innings. Lee struck out five batters. He had thrown 85 pitches. That's also good!
Lynchburg (Cubs) 8, Frederick Keys 1
Not much good to say about this one. Frederick starter Mitch Horacek got bombed for the full Tommy Hunter (five runs, all earned) in only four innings. Fireballing lefty reliever Tanner Scott gave up two runs, one earned, in two innings of work. Scott walked three and struck out two. Throw strikes, man!
The Keys only had five hits total, and two of them went to leadoff man Jay Gonzalez. He was the O's minor league stolen base leader last year, and he picked up his eighth of the season in this game. He's also 24 and in High-A, so, the potential is limited. But good for him for doing well.
Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Hagerstown (Walgreens) 3
Baltimore's own Alex Murphy gets the top billing for his 3-4 game, grabbing a double and an RBI. Murphy is batting .381/.422/.595 through the first 11 games of the Shorebirds season. Quality. Last year's first rounder D.J. Stewart took another 0-fer. I anxiously await his turnaround.
Another positive in this game was Delmarva's starter, Ofelky Peralta, who will be turning 19 later on this week. That is a challenging assignment for a player, and so far Peralta has done OK. In this game, Peralta only allowed a run over five innings and it wasn't even an earned run. That was on four hits and a walk, with four strikeouts recorded.
Shorebirds reliever Christian Turnipseed was called on to get the last out of the game and close things out after the Suns got two runs in the ninth. Turnipseed is interesting because of his name and also because he has yet to allow a run in his professional career. That includes stints with the GCL Orioles and Aberdeen last year, plus his time with Delmarva this year.
Today's Scheduled Games
Norfolk: at Charlotte, 7:05. Starter: Odrisamer Despaigne
Bowie: at Erie, 6:35. Starter: Jason Garcia
Frederick: vs. Wilmington. Starter: John Means
Delmarva: vs. Greensboro. Starter: TBD
For complete box scores from Sunday's games, check out here.