Norfolk Tides 5, Louisville Bats 4
The Tides got a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth inning at Harbor Park in this one. The game was tied 4-4 going into the ninth when Drew Dosch doubled, advanced on a Sharlon Schoop bunt, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ruben Tejada.
Left-hander Chris Lee got the start for the Tides, pitching three innings of three run ball with four hits, one walk and two strikeouts. He left the game with an ERA of 9.00. Jason Gurka and Asher Wojciechowski combined for four scoreless innings of relief. Josh Edgin had a blown save but came away with the win, allowing one run in two innings with three hits, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Right fielder D.J. Stewart was 1 for 4 on the night with a double, two RBI, and a strikeout, leaving his average at .244. Catcher Austin Wynns finished the game 1 for 2 with one run, one RBI and two walks. He ended the night with a .300 batting average. Joey Rickard went 2 for 2, including one double, one run, one RBI and two walks. For the season, his average stands at .348.
Akron RubberDucks 18, Bowie Baysox 2
Bowie got absolutely pummeled in this game. It was ugly from the get-go, with Akron scoring eight runs in the first inning and never looking back. They would go on to score two in the fourth, one in the fifth, four in the sixth, two in the eighth and one in the ninth.
Michael Kelly got the start for the Baysox, but he didn’t make it out of the first inning. He lasted 0.2 innings, giving up six earned runs on three hits with three walks and zero strikeouts, raising his ERA to 6.97.
On the offensive side of the ball, Cedric Mullins raised his batting average to .257 with a two hit performance. Ademar Rifaela was hitless in four at bats with three strikeouts, dropping his average to .321. Austin Hays went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run, one RBI, and two runs scored. On the season, Hays is hitting .243 with five home runs and 12 RBI. Jonathan Schoop, in Bowie on his rehab assignment, went 0 for 2.
Wilmington Blue Rocks 8, Frederick Keys 5
Frederick pulled out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the third inning. But Wilmington would go on to score two runs in four straight innings, from the fifth through the eighth. The Keys were unable to keep up, and the Blue Rocks edged Frederick out by a final score of 8-5.
Francisco Jiminez took the loss for the Keys in relief, allowing two runs on six hits in 1.2 innings. Starter Ofelky Peralta wasn’t much better, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings pitched.
On offense, third baseman Jomar Reyes hit his first home run of the year, going 1 for 4 at the plate to leave his average at .229. Randolph Gassaway, starting at DH, went 0 for 4 with an RBI, dropping his average to .274. Center fielder Ryan McKenna went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI.
Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Augusta GreenJackets 1
Delmarva pulled out the win in a pitcher’s duel against Augusta. The GreenJackets scored a single run in the first inning, but were held scoreless for the rest of the game. The Shorebirds were able to get a few clutch runs when it mattered most, with RBI by Kirvin Moesquit (1) and T.J. Nichting (2).
Second baseman Moesquit went 3 for 3 from the top of the order with one home run, one RBI, one walk and two runs scored. Center fielder Nichting was hitless in four at bats, but still managed to push two runs across the board for Delmarva.
Brenan Hanifee pitched a gem, going seven innings with six hits, one run, one walk and five strikeouts, dropping his ERA to 2.45 on the year. Hanifee, the Orioles 10th ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is having a real strong start to the season.
Friday’s complete minor league box scores.
Saturday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk vs. Louisville, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: Yefry Ramirez (1-2, 5.32)
- Bowie vs. Akron, 6:35 PM ET. Starter: Michael Kelly (0-1, 4.50)
- Frederick vs. Wilmington, 6:05 PM ET. Starter: Jhon Peluffo (2-0, 3.29)
- Delmarva vs. Augusta, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: Zac Lowther (2-1, 1.23)