Syracuse Chiefs 9, Norfolk Tides 8 (F/10)
If you like high-scoring triple-A baseball, this was the game for you. And if you went (which you probably didn’t because it was 51 degrees and rainy in Syracuse), you were even treated to an inning of free baseball!
Asher Wojciechowski (the spelling is correct, I promise) allowed five earned over his five innings of work, walking three and allowing six hits. He did not throw well, but the loss and the blown save went to Jhan Marinez, who allowed four hits in 1+ innings of work, including a pair of singles in the tenth to give the Chiefs the win.
DJ Stewart had a big night at the dish, going 4-5 with four singles and a pair of runs scored. He and Austin Wynns (two singles) had the game’s multi-hit performances. The costly stat in this one? The lineup went just 3-18 with runners in scoring position.
Frederick Keys 11, Potomac Nationals 6
15 hits for the Frederick lineup on Thursday. How’s that for offensive production? The first five batters in the Keys lineup all had multi-hit games. Ryan McKenna homered, Cole Billingsley went 2-4 with a double and a pair of runs scored, and Preston Palmeiro went 3-5 with a double and an RBI. Not a bad night at all.
Cristian Alvarado got the start in this one and worked into the sixth inning. He went five and a third, allowing just four hits and three earned. He continues to throw well, but needs that next step to keep moving up in the organization.
Lakewood Blueclaws 2, Delmarva Shorebirds 0
Four hits for the Shorebirds in this one, all four singles. So if you’re wondering why there was a zero on the scoreboard at the end of the night, that would be why.
The good news is that it was a great night for Cameron Bishop, whose seven innings of work featured six strikeouts and not a single walk. A 26th rounder out of UC Irvine last year, the left-hander tossed 34.2 innings of almost flawless baseball at Aberdeen last season. He allowed a .165 average against and totaled a 0.78 ERA. At the very least, tracking his progress at a higher level this year is worth while.
Norfolk at Syracuse, 1:05 p.m. Starter: Yefry Ramirez
Bowie at Harrisburg, 7:00 p.m. Starter: Keegan Akin
Frederick vs. Potomac, 7:00 p.m. Starter: Cody Sedlock
Delmarva at Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Matthias Dietz