Harrisburg Senators 10, Bowie Baysox 9 (f/13)
It was a loss, but everyone chipped in on offense to help the Baysox put up a six spot on the night. That includes an Austin Hays single and a run, a Cedric Mullins triple and three RBI and Anderson Feliz going 2-6 with a home run and three runs scored in his Orioles system debut.
Five different pitchers threw for the Baysox in this one, including starter Steven Means. He went five innings, allowing three earned on three singles and striking out four. Unfortunately, a four-run 13th against Jay Flaa and Lucas Long ended the chances of an Opening Day win.
Frederick Keys 6, Myrtle Beach 2
Alex Wells alert! You’ve heard plenty about the Australian-born pitcher working in the Orioles system, and you’re going to hear plenty more throughout 2018. He got the Opening Day start for Frederick and performed extremely well, tossing 4.1 innings of two-run ball. He walked just one and struck out six, allowing four singles along the way.
Both Randolph Gassaway and Jake Ring doubled, while Cole Billingsley (leadoff) and Preston Palmiero (cleanup) had two-hit nights. Gassaway, 23, totaled three RBI on the night. He hit .265 at Frederick last season and has some upside that might be worth tracking along the way this year.
Delmarva Shorebirds 2, Asheville Tourists 0
If you’d like to hear about early-season pitching dominance, look no further than the performance of Delmarva starter Michael Baumann. He twirled a gem over his five innings of work, allowing just four hits and striking out 10 opposing batters. Remember, he was a third-round pick last season and had an incredibly strong showing in Aberdeen through ten outings last year. He’s a guy who might earn our attention often in 2018.
Not a whole lot going on in terms of offense in this one for the Shorebirds. That could be due in part to the lack of prospects as a whole in the lineup and might lead to a rough season in terms of run production.
Here’s a shoutout to Ryan Ripken, however — he went 3-3 with three singles and an RBI. Not a bad start to the season for a familiar face.
Norfolk vs. Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Yefry Ramirez
Bowie vs. Harrisburg, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Jordan Kipper
Frederick at Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Cristian Alvarado
Delmarva vs. Asheville, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Cameron Bishop