Gwinnett (Braves) 5, Norfolk Tides 3
The Tides had to string together a bullpen game. Well, it could have gone worse. All five of Gwinnett’s runs scored across three different home runs. Former Oriole Xavier Avery hit two home runs against his former organization.
Tides batters had eight hits in the game, but only one of them went for extra bases, so that’s a hard way to win a baseball game.
Erie (Tigers) 7, Bowie Baysox 3
A four run eighth inning doomed the Baysox on this night. Things had been going well enough up to that point. Bowie has been using reliever Jesus Liranzo on the Tanner Scott plan - that is, going three innings to start a game and that’s it. Liranzo walked four batters in three innings and also struck out three.
All seven Erie runs were charged to Brandon Barker, the lefty who was part of the return in the Brian Matusz salary dump last year. When you give up nine hits and two walks, bad things are going to happen, although two of the runs were left on base when he exited the game and they scored after reliever Garrett Cleavinger came into the game.
Shout out to spring training sensation Cedric Mullins, who was 4-5 in the game and hit his eighth home run of the season.
Lynchburg (Indians) 5, Frederick Keys 2
The good news here is that shortstop Ryan Mountcastle was 3-5 in this game and he’s now batting .317 for the minor league season. The bad news is that the Keys picked up where the Orioles left off in continuing to give up five or more runs. Starting pitcher Brian Gonzalez gave up three of the runs in five innings.
Delmarva Shorebirds 9, Lakewood (Phillies) 3
Finally, a winner! The big bit of news is that rehabbing big leaguer Zach Britton made an appearance:
Zach Britton with a scoreless 7th inning on rehab in Delmarva. Scout in attendance said he was 94-95 mph. Ramped up from Thursday. #Orioles— Jon Meoli (@JonMeoli) June 25, 2017
Yeah! Britton blew through the inning in 11 pitches. The Shorebirds offense hit three home runs in the game, collecting nine runs on just eight hits. They scored in six of the eight innings where they batted.
Staten Island (Yankees) 4, Aberdeen IronBirds 3 (10 innings)
The IronBirds took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but they gave up a run in the ninth to send it into extras and another run in the tenth to lose it.
After spending a couple of seasons with the Orioles DSL affiliate, starting pitcher Hector Guance, a 6’6” righty, is making his state-side debut. He held the Yankees to just one hit and one walk in five innings pitched, though he was tagged with two unearned runs. Aberdeen committed three errors in the game.
The two teams combined for just eight hits - four for each team - so there are a whole lot of early-short-season batting averages that took a plummet towards .000.
Complete box scores from Saturday’s games, including the adventures of that same DSL affiliate, can be found here.
Sunday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: at Gwinnett, 1:05. Starter: Chris Lee
- Bowie: at Erie, 1:35. Starter: John “The Ends Justify The” Means
- Frederick: at Lynchburg, 5:00. Starter: Ofelky Peralta
- Delmarva: vs. Lakewood, 2:05. Starter: Alex Wells
- Aberdeen: at Staten Island, 4:00. Starter: TBD