Norfolk Tides - OFF
Bowie Baysox - postponed
The reason for this postponement is listed as "Venue". I have never seen that before. It seems there was some issue with the Hartford Yard Goats stadium. Presumably the problem was not actual goats on the field.
There was some Bowie news yesterday, though. A pair of Frederick Keys pitchers - lefty starter John Means and reliever Jimmy Yacabonis - earned themselves promotions up to Double-A.
Means had a 1.80 ERA in nine starts for the Keys. He'll presumably be taking the place in the rotation of Parker Bridwell, who hits the disabled list with a broken rib on his left side.
Frederick Keys 9, Winston-Salem (White Sox) 4
Trevor Belicek, acquired as part of the Brian Matusz salary dump, made his O's organization debut as the starting pitcher in this game. He'd yet to start a game this year with the Braves. Worth keeping an eye on.
As for this game, Belicek gave up five hits and two runs in three innings. Both runs scored on the same home run. He did not walk any batters and struck out two.
Frederick hitters answered the Dash home run by hitting three of their own. Both teams had ten hits. The Keys simply hit it harder. One of my favorite minor leaguers, Jay Gonzalez, stole three bases in the game. He now has 27 on the year.
Delmarva Shorebirds 1, Lakewood (Phillies) 0 (11 innings)
The two teams combined for only 12 hits over this 11 inning game, and no runs were scored until the Shorebirds walked it off in the bottom of the 11th. Probably not the most exciting game except for pitching aficionados.
D.J. Stewart was the hero, picking up the walkoff hit following a Cedric Mullins leadoff single and a sacrifice bunt to move him into scoring position. Stewart also drew a walk in the game and his batting line now looks like this: .217/.381/.341.
Last year's fourth round pick, Garrett Cleavinger, a possibly interesting lefty reliever, tossed three scoreless innings and struck out six batters. That's good. Get this man to Frederick!
For complete box scores from these two games, check out here.
Today's Scheduled Games
Norfolk: vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 (Tides cap giveaway). Starter: Odrisamer Despaigne
Bowie: vs. Altoona, 7:05. Starter: David Hess
Frederick: at Carolina, 7:00. Starter: Lucas Long
Delmarva: vs. Lakewood, 7:05. Starter: Ofelky Peralta