Gwinnett Braves 3, Norfolk Tides 2 - Game 1
Starting pitcher David Hale gave up three runs in the fourth inning but only one was earned as the leadoff batter reached on error. Hale didn't help his cause though, giving up two doubles and a single in the inning. He lasted just 4.2 innings before being replaced by Zach Phillips. Phillips didn't allow a baserunner and struck out four.
The Tides had just four hits in the game and two were from Mike Yastrzemski. He doubled in the first and scored on a single by Trey Mancini, then hit a solo home run in the sixth. Lil' Yaz is enjoying his time at triple-A so far, OPS'ing a cool 1.290 through his first eight games.
Norfolk 2, Gwinnett 1 (8 innings) - Game 2
The Tides walked this one off in the eighth courtesy of a manufactured run. Yastrzemski walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Dariel Alvarez. That was in addition to the two hits Yaz had earlier in the game. It was a pretty good doubleheader for the kid.
Andy Oliver started for the Tides and pitched five innings with three hits and one run allowed. Oliver is a relief pitcher so the five innings was more than plenty, I'd imagine. He was followed by Pedro Beato, Oliver Drake, and Richard Rodriguez, each of whom pitched one scoreless inning.
Hartford Yard Goats (COL) 3, Bowie Baysox 0 - Game 1
Jason Garcia pitched game one of the double header and took the six-inning, complete game loss. His trouble with walks continued as he gave out three free passes in the game to make his total 23 in just 38 innings. His three runs in six inning gave them the old Quality Start, but we all know that's not worth much.
The Baysox hitters somehow got 10 hits in seven innings and managed to not score a single run. The only starter without a hit was catcher Chance Sisco. Bummer. Henry Urrutia and Garabez Rosa each had two hits in the game, while Quincy Latimore had a single and a walk.
Bowie 8, Yard Goats 6 (8 innings) - Game 2
The Goats scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to send this game to extra innings. It was a bullpen game from the get go, with usual relief pitcher Stefan Crichton making the start. Jason Stoffel pitched the seventh inning and while he loaded the bases with two outs, he did get what should have been the game ending grounder but which instead was a two-run error by Joey Terdoslavich.
The Goats dug their own grave in the eighth inning as their pitcher Luis Niebla walked three of the first four batters in the inning and then threw a wild pitch to score what would end up being the winning run.
Catcher Chris O'Brien hit his third home run of the year and the Baysox had two triples in the game, one each by Urrutia and Glynn Davis.
Frederick Keys 7, Winston-Salem Dash (CWS) 1
This game was scoreless through four innings before the Keys broke out in a big way, scoring six runs in innings five through seven and another for good measure in the ninth. Catcher Jonah Heim went 3-for-4 with a home run and Wynston Sawyer was a home run short of the cycle. Third baseman Jomar Reyes was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Matthew Grimes had another good start for the Keys, pitching seven innings with just four hits and zero walks. He only struck out two but had a swoon worthy 11:4 groundout to fly out ratio. His ERA is now down to 1.39 on the season.
Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) 1
Brian Gonzalez's fine season continues on the Eastern Shore as he struck out a whopping 10 batters in six innings pitched last night with just two hits. The lone run came in the third inning after Gonzalez issued his only walk of the night followed by a triple.
Gonzalez has now allowed one or zero runs in six of his last seven starts, and in the seventh he allowed two. His ERA is down to 1.95.
On offense, D.J. Stewart hit a home run! It was part of a three-hit night that also included a walk. You love to see that. Yermin Mercedes also dingered as part of a three-hit night.
Norfolk vs. Gwinnett, 12:05 pm. Starter: Ariel Miranda
Frederick @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 pm. Starter: Mitch Horacek
Delmarva @ Greensboros, 12:30 pm. Starter: Cristian Alvarado
For more details on last night's games, check out MiLB.com.