Norfolk Tides 6, Charlotte (White Sox) 4
In one of those “this could only happen in the minor leagues” games, the Tides drew ten walks. Ten! Eight were issued by Knights starter Michael Kopech in just three-plus innings. Kopech also hit two batters and unloaded five wild pitches. That’s just plain ridiculous.
As a result, the Tides left 13 men on base, but they scored enough to hold off a late charge by Charlotte. DJ Stewart was 0-2 but still upped his OBP with three walks. Recently-activated Steve Wilkerson was 2-3, also helping his OBP with a walk and a hit by pitch. The O’s had Wilkerson playing in left field, because I guess they don’t think that the MLB squad has enough infielders thrust out into the outfield.
This was the latest game for the Jimmy Yacabonis starting pitching experiment. I did not believe that it would go on this long, but it has. In this game, he gave up two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings pitched. Yacabonis notched five strikeouts and did not issue any walks while throwing 75 pitches. This experiment has a 2.79 ERA to date.
Trenton (Yankees) 5, Bowie Baysox 3
If there was anyone out there wondering about when Gabriel Ynoa might get back to pitching, here’s your answer. He started his rehab on Thursday. This was a three inning outing by design. Ynoa gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits. He notched three strikeouts and took just 40 pitches to clear the three innings. Not bad.
What was bad was the Baysox offense. Although they did manage to score three runs, they also only had four hits all game. You can’t win like that! Former Orioles pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley got the win for the Thunder, racking up four strikeouts in 3.1 innings of relief to lower his ERA to 1.55 for the season. Ah, the Travis Snider trade, truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Frederick Keys 10, Down East (Rangers) 3
Each day’s recap of Frederick’s game is really just there to say what are the latest exploits from center fielder Ryan McKenna. He was at it again on Thursday, 2-3 with a triple and a pair of walks with two runs scored. The 21-year-old now has an OPS over 1.000 in 64 games with the Keys.
The Colby Rasmus “come back at his own pace” rehab continued in the game, with Rasmus going 1-4 as the right fielder. He was lifted for a pinch hitter before a fifth plate appearance. I guess four was enough.
Keys starter Cristian Alvarado held the Wood Ducks to two runs on six hits in six innings of work. Both runs allowed came on solo home runs. Alvarado struck out six Down East batters.
Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Kannapolis (White Sox) 1 - Game 1, 7 innings
2017 26th rounder Cameron Bishop went the distance for the Shorebirds, a seven inning complete game due to minor league doubleheader rules. Bishop allowed just three hits and one walk, giving up the lone run on a home run. He picked up three strikeouts in the process and threw 82 pitches in the game. Bishop is now sitting on a 3.36 ERA for the season. I wonder if Frederick is in his future before the summer ends.
While this was going on, Shorebirds batters picked up 13 hits against Intimidators pitching. Ryan Ripken, nephew of Billy, led the way with three hits. Three other Shorebirds had multi-hit games, including designated hitter Seamus Curran, who was 2-4 with a double. The 20-year-old Curran is batting .251/.313/.473 in his first taste of full season ball.
Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Kannapolis (White Sox) 4 - Game 2, 7 innings
Delmarva jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back. They led by as much as 7-1 before giving up a few runs in the game’s later innings. Starter Matthias Dietz allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings of work. Dietz struck out four batters.
NASCAR scion Zach Jarrett was 3-3 in the contest and also reached base on a hit by pitch. He’s 23, so old for this level, but he entered the day with an .838 OPS. I think he’s ready for a chance in Frederick too. Curran drove in three of the Shorebirds runs.
Complete box scores from all of Thursday’s games, including the adventures of the DSL Orioles, can be found here.
Friday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: vs. Charlotte, 7:05. Starter: Tim Melville
- Bowie: vs. Portland, 7:05. Starter: Keegan Akin
- Frederick: vs. Down East, 5:00. Doubleheader. Starters: Ofelky Peralta, TBD
- Delmarva: at West Virginia, 7:05. Starter: A different TBD
- Aberdeen: vs. Hudson Valley, 7:05. Season opener!