Norfolk Tides 8, Louisville Bats (CIN) 0
Everything was working for the Tides tonight as they cruised to an easy victory. Starting pitcher Ariel Miranda pitched six shutout innings with four hits, three walks, and six strikeouts. He was followed by Richard Rodriguez, who pitched two innings with one hit and one walk. Edgar "James" Olmos closed it out with one-hit ninth.
The Tides offense had 15 hits, with Dariel Alvarez leading the way. He had four hits and six RBI, a career high. Trey Mancini went 2-for-5, Xavier Avery had two doubles, and catcher Aubry Perez had three hits and a walk. Christian Walker wasn't able to join the fun and went hitless on the night.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (SFG) 2, Bowie Baysox 1 (7 inn.)
The Baysox lost game one of their double header despite only allowing two hits in the game. That's embarrassing. Starting pitcher David Hess pitched three scoreless innings with one hit and two walks allowed, then Stefan Crichton took over. In the fourth inning he walked the first batter he saw, then gave up an RBI double. Two sacrifice flies later and the Baysox were losing 2-1.
Two runs on two hits is better than one run on four hits, which is what the Baysox had. Their only run was knocked in on an RBI double by Corban Joseph, who went 1-for-3. Catcher Chance Sisco went 2-for-3 with a double and Garabaz Rosa also had one single.
Baysox 6, Flying Squirrels 3 (8 inn.)
The Baysox led 2-1 into the sixth inning of the second game of the double header, but couldn't hold it. That sent the game to extras (which everyone loves to end a double header with) where they scored four runs to take the lead and win the game.
Jayson Aquino pitched five innings, striking out four and walking one. He gave up seven hits, but the only one to lead to run scoring was a solo home run in the second inning. Ashur Tolliver took over for him in the sixth and allowed the tying run to score without recording a hit. He walked the leadoff hitter, who moved to second and then third on ground outs and came in to score on a throwing error by Rosa. Tough way to lose a lead.
The Baysox offense was up to the challenge though. After scoring just three runs in their prevoius 14 innings, they put up four spot in the eighth inning on three singles, a double, and a sac fly. Mike Yastrzemski went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Qunicy Latimore also doubled for his only hit. Garabaz Rose went 2-for-3 and Chance Sisco was hitless on the night.
Frederick Keys 9, Wilmington Blue Rocks (KCR) 8
The Keys went back and forth on this one but ended up in the win column. After blowing a three-run lead they came back to score two runs in the eighth and one run in the ninth to win. Starting pitcher Mitch Horacek bookended his game with two runs allowed in both the first and fifth innings, putting together a mediocre 5 IP, 4 ER start.
His relief, Jeff Beliveau, had a bad night. Beliveau gave up three runs in just 1/3 of an inning that included a throwing error by Beliveau himself. Luis Gonzalez finished off the game in fine fashion with 3 2/3 innings with just one hit and five strikeouts.
The offense had just six hits tonight. You may ask how they scored nine runs on six hits and the answer is 16 walk. That's not a typo. Wynston Sawyer had no hits on the night but walked five times. Five! Catcher Jonah Heim had three walks. Hits wise, Aderlin Rodriguez led the way with a double and a home run. Jay Gonzalez also had two hits. Jomar Reyes was given the day off but did pinch hit and went 0-for-1.
Delmarva Shorebirds - OFF
Norfolk @ Louisville, 11:05 AM. Starter: Odrisamer Despaigne
Bowie @ Richmond, 6:35 PM. Starter: Parker Bridwell
Frederick @ Wilmington, 6:35 PM. Starter: Lucas Long
Delmarva @ Lexington (KCR), 12:35 PM. Starter: Cristian Alvarado
For more details on today's games go to MiLB.com.