The Frederick Keys were supposed to play a double header against the Potomac Nationals after Saturday's game was rained out, but the weather washed out yesterday's games as well. Luckily, every other affiliate had an away game.
Norfolk 6, Syracuse (Nationals) 0
The Tides got a great outing from Joe Gunkel (7 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K) in this one, and 14 hits from the offense made this an easy victory. Every Tides starter had at least one hit, but the best performance of the day came from right fielder Mike Yastrzemski, who was 2-for-3 with two RBI doubles and a sac fly. Shortstop Garabez Rosa broke the game open with a 2-run single in the fourth. Gunkel left with a 5-0 lead, and that was easily upheld the rest of the way by Chaz Roe, who allowed just one baserunner in the final 2 innings of the game.
Harrisburg (Nationals) 5, Bowie 4
This was an exciting one. The Baysox found themselves in a 4-0 hole after starter Parker Bridwell was knocked around for four runs on eight hits in six innings. Shortstop Adrian Marin cut the lead in half in the top of the 7th with a 2-run single that drove in Henry Urrutia and Joey Terdoslavich, and an RBI single by second baseman Jeff Kemp in the 8th cut the lead to one. Bowie was down to their final out in the ninth when catcher Chris O'Brien hit a solo shot to tie the game.
The Baysox bullpen was terrific, with five pitchers combining to allow no earned runs on four hits and no walks in over 6 innings. Unfortunately, the defense would let them down in the 13th. After a leadoff single, Terdoslavich threw the ball away on a sac bunt attempt and the lead runner made it to third with no outs. A sacrifice fly gave Harrisburg the walk-off win.
Delmarva 6, Lakewood (Phillies) 1
Delmarva starter Ofelky Peralta continued his hot start to the year with a six inning, one run outing - he allowed only two hits and struck out five, although he did have four walks. Delmarva struck first in the 4th when catcher Yermin Mercedes singled in Ricardo Andujar, but Lakewood got the run right back in the bottom of the inning. That 1-1 score would hold for the next eight innings thanks to some great pitching from both bullpens, especially Elias Pinales for the Shorebirds. Pinales went 3.2 innings and allowed only a single hit, lowering his season ERA to 2.45.
In the top of the 13th, Lakewood brought in someone named Luis Morales. It did not go well for him. After a leadoff groundout, Cedric Mullins walked. Mullins stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error during D.J. Stewart's at bat, which also ended in a walk. Yermin Mercedes was walked intentionally to load the bases. Morales then walked his fourth batter of the inning, Alex Murphy, to give Delmarva the lead. Finally, right fielder Ademar Rifaela hit a grand slam.
Jake Bray, the Orioles' 12th round pick in 2013, stayed on for the 13th after pitching a perfect 12th. He sent the Blueclaws hitters down in order to wrap up the win.
Today's matchups (probable starter in parentheses)
Gwinnett (Braves) @ Norfolk, 6:35 PM (David Hale)
Bowie @ Hartford (Rockies), 6:05 PM (Chris Lee)
Potomac (Nationals) @ Frederick, doubleheader @ 5:00 PM (Max Schuh, John Means)
Delmarva @ Greensboro (Marlins), 7:00 PM (TBA)