Norfolk Tides 20, Charlotte Knights (White Sox) 4
No, that is not a typo. The Tides scored 20 runs last night in a game that featured both a six-run and a seven-run inning. Eight of the nine Tides starters recorded multiple hits, with only Joey Terdoslavich (aka the man keeping Trey Mancini out of AAA) going hitless. The Terd Man did pick up three walks and scored three runs, so he still contributed.
The Tides crushed three home runs in the game, one each from Christian Walker, Audry Perez, and Michael Almanzar. Walker's dong was an Earl Weaver Special with the other two going solo. Henry "Singlin' Hank" Urrutia reached base five times via three singles and two walks, with Walker and L.J. Hoes joining him in the three-hit club. They were outdone by Perez, though, who had a four-hit night.
Overshadowed in the craziness that is 20 runs was a very solid start from pitcher Nick Additon. He went seven innings with just two runs allowed, both on solo home runs.
Bowie Baysox 6, Erie SeaWolves (Detroit) 2
The Baysox fell behind early in the game as starting pitcher Jayson Aquino gave up solo runs in each of the first two innings, one on a home run. But he settled down after that and ultimately pitched 6.1 innings with just the two runs allowed. Ashur Tolliver pitched the final 2.2 innings in shutout fashion.
It was a tie game after six innings as the Baysox managed two runs through six, both on an RBI single by Chris O'Brien that scored Corban Joseph and and Trey Mancini. After the Wolves' starting pitcher came out of the game, things got fun and the good guys added four more runs over the final three innings.
Mike Yastrzemksi, Corban Joseph, and Chance Sisco each recorded two-hit games, with Yaz doubling. Trey Mancini went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City) 6, Frederick Keys 1
The Keys were the lone O's affiliate to lose last night. They fell behind early as the Blue Rocks scored five runs in the first inning off of Keys starter Matthew Grimes. Grimes was hit hard in the first, giving up two doubles, two singles, a walk, a home run, and throwing a wild pitch for good measure. But he also was victim of some bad defense that resulted in just one of his six total runs being earned.
The big story for this one was rehabbing lefty Brian Matusz, who pitched four innings with just one hit allowed and nine strikeouts. The results don't mean as much to me as the fact that he pitched four innings. The Orioles haven't said anything but have been quietly stretching Matusz out down in the minors. Could this mean a Matusz reappearance in the starting rotation at some point? I don't know if my heart can take it.
The Keys offense managed just six hits on the night, with the only extra base hit coming as a double from catcher Jonah Heim. As a team they did draw eight walks, which combined with six hits makes their one run seem kind of pathetic. Third baseman Jomar Reyes went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Greensboro Grasshoppers (Miami) 1
Brian Gonzalez pitched five innings with just four hits and one run allowed, then gave way to Garrett "G the Cleave" Cleavinger, who had an outstanding outing. Cleavinger pitched three scoreless innings with one hit, no walks, and five strikeouts. That set up Christian Turnipseed, who had a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save this season.
The Shorebirds offense scored three runs off of the Grasshoppers starting pitcher Gabriel Castellanos, working him for six hits and five walks in just 3.2 innings. In fact, all three runners that scored reached base via walk. Ryan Mountcastle went 1-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases while D.J. Stewart went 0-for-3 with a walk. His batting average is now .150.
Norfolk Tides @ Charlotte Knights, 7:05. Starter: Kevin Gausman
Bowie Baysox @ Erie SeaWolves, 12:05. Starter: Joe "The Gunk" Gunkel
Frederick Keys vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks, 11:00. Starter: Max Schuh
Delmarva Shorebirds vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers, 7:05. Starter: Francisco Jimenez
You can check out box scores and additional details on yesterday's games at MiLB.com.