Gwinnett (Braves) 3, Norfolk Tides 1
Did you know that the Braves Triple-A affiliate is named the Stripers? I just learned that right now. This was their first game playing as the Stripers. They won the game against the Tides even though they were outhit, 6-5. The Tides went 0-5 with runners in scoring position. In his first Triple-A game, DJ Stewart went 1-4.
Tides starter Yefry Ramirez was pulled after four innings with only 72 pitches thrown. He wasn’t great, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, but he wasn’t horrible, either. The damage was done against spring training star lefty Joely Rodriguez, who gave up two runs on three hits in just two-thirds of an inning. Oops. On the plus side, Tanner Scott pitched two innings and only walked one batter while striking out two.
Bowie Baysox 7, Harrisburg (Walgreens) 1
One good way to win a game is to hold the other team to just four hits, while getting 11 hits. Thanks to a seven inning outing from ex-40-man pitcher Jordan Kipper, the Baysox were able to do just this, with the lone Harrisburg run scoring on a solo home run. Reliever Matthew Grimes pitched two scoreless innings to finish off the game.
The Orioles have Austin Hays down in Bowie, purportedly to work on drawing walks but perhaps actually to limit his service time accrual. Hays did not walk on Friday night but he did hit a two-run dinger, his first of the Double-A season. Potential future Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins was 1-4 in the game, with a double.
Frederick Keys 10, Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 0
You know you’re probably looking at a minor league box score if you see that one of the teams committed four errors in the game. Fortunately, it was the Pelicans who had this butterfingers problem on Friday, not the Keys. A bigger problem for Myrtle Beach is that they let the Keys batters hit 8-16 with runners in scoring position.
With just two of the 13 hits going for extra bases, there was a lot of station-to-station for Frederick. They made it work. Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael, had a 3-5 night and drove in two runs. Center fielder Ryan McKenna was also 3-5 with two runs scored. 23-year-old Venezuelan righty Cristian Alvarado blanked the Pelicans for the first three innings, with 2016 23rd-rounderTyler Erwin getting a three-inning save.
Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Asheville (Rockies) 5
It’s a close one in the box score, but that’s only because the Shorebirds bullpen gave up three runs in the final two innings. In his first outing in full season ball, starter Cameron Bishop, the 26th round pick last year who signed five minutes after the signing deadline, gave up just four hits in six innings.
That sounds more impressive if I don’t mention that Bishop also walked three batters, but hey, he struck out six. The Shorebirds rotation could be very interesting this year.
Delmarva’s batters picked up 13 hits, with leadoff man Kirvin Moesquit going 4-5 with four stolen bases in the game. No, really. The second baseman is 23, so old for the level, but hey, good luck to him this year.
Saturday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: vs. Gwinnett, 7:05. Starter: David Hess
- Bowie: vs. Harrisburg, 1:35. Starter: Keegan Akin
- Frederick: at Myrtle Beach, 6:05. Starter: Cody Sedlock
- Delmarva: vs. Asheville, 7:05. Starter: Matthias Dietz
That’s the Orioles first three picks from the 2016 draft - Sedlock, Akin, and Dietz - all starting games at different levels on the same day. Good luck to all of them in their 2018 debuts and beyond.