Rochester (Twins) 6, Norfolk Tides 2
Starting pitcher Jordan Kipper had four great starts to begin his Norfolk career, so, since Orioles fans aren’t allowed to have nice things, he had to get shelled on Friday night. Kipper surrendered six runs, giving up seven hits and two walks in just 3.1 innings pitched. Pressed into emergency multi-inning duty, both Paul Fry and Stefan Crichton kept the Red Wings off the board after that.
Not much going on at the plate for Norfolk. They had seven hits in the game and did not draw a walk. None of the Tides batters had more than one hit.
Bowie Baysox 8, Altoona (Pirates) 7
Hard-throwing lefty Tanner Scott kicked off the game with three scoreless innings, holding the Curve to just three hits, no walks or strikeouts. Following Scott was Miguel Castro, who we’ve already seen with the O’s this year. Altoona got to Castro for seven runs in four innings. Oops.
However, the Baysox batters were able to come back from a 7-3 deficit to tie the game with four runs in the seventh and walked it off in the ninth. Three different Baysox batters had three hits in the game, including shortstop Adrian Marin, who’s now batting .282/.326/.365 for the season - not great, but successful enough to maybe get a chance as a utility infielder.
Salem (Red Sox) 6, Frederick Keys 3
Here’s the good news: Ofelky Peralta, who’s been walking batters like it’s going out of style, walked just one batter in this game. The bad news is that he was bounced after just 4.1 innings pitched, with 96 pitches thrown, in part because he was tagged for four unearned runs. In all, Keys fielders had four errors in the game. This ain’t the big leagues.
Hot Keys hitters Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle both went 0-4 in the game, with Mountcastle striking out twice. Mountcastle also committed his eighth error of the season.
Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Hickory (Rangers) 5 (12 innings)
Another walkoff here, with Cole Billingsley doubling in the winning run in the 12th inning to keep things from going any deeper into the night. Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael, hit his seventh home run of the season earlier in the game. Each team had just seven hits in the game, so the fact that they combined for eleven runs is actually kind of impressive.
For complete box scores from Friday’s games, check out here.
Saturday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: vs. Rochester, 7:05. (Star Wars Fireworks!) Starter: Chris Lee
- Bowie: vs. Altoona, 6:35. (also Star Wars Fireworks!) Starter: Matthew Grimes
- Frederick: at Salem, 6:05. Starter: Cristian Alvarado
- Delmarva: vs. Hickory, 7:05. (Fireworks!) Starter: TBD