Norfolk Tides 5, Toledo (Tigers) 1
Cedric Mullins led off the game with a double and eventually scored and things just kept getting better for the Tides. Despite 1-10 hitting with runners in scoring position, they still pushed five runs across. Erstwhile Oriole Pedro Alvarez was 3-4 with a home run and drove in two runs as well.
This game marked the O’s organization debut for Josh Rogers, who was acquired in the Zach Britton trade. The 24-year-old lefty sparkled in his first Tides start, keeping the Mud Hens off the board across seven innings in which he allowed only three hits and three walks. Rogers racked up a pair of strikeouts as he threw just 84 pitches. Another part of the Britton trade, reliever Cody Carroll, gave up a run in his one inning.
Bowie Baysox 9, Harrisburg (Walgreens) 2
Another good pitching effort here, with Keegan Akin mostly scattering seven hits and two walks in six innings of work. Akin is under a 3 ERA with Bowie for the season. Hey, that’s pretty good! Reliever Zach Pop, acquired in the Manny Machado deal, added a pair of perfect innings.
Bowie racked up their nine runs on just nine hits, which is rather impressive. They were 6-12 with RISP. Ryan McKenna hit his third Bowie homer in a 1-5 night and Ryan Mountcastle was 1-4 with a run driven in. New O’s acquisition update: Yusniel Diaz was 0-5 and has struggled in his first few Bowie games, batting just .080. Rylan Bannon was 1-4 with a double and drove in a run.
Frederick Keys - postponed, rain
Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Kannapolis (White Sox) 2
2018 draftee Cadyn Grenier came out of the game in the middle of a third inning plate appearance. He bunted a ball off of his own face. Hopefully he’s OK.
The Shorebirds scored three runs in the ninth inning to pull off the victory. Infielder Mason McCoy was 1-4 with a walk and drove in a pair of runs. NASCAR scion Zach Jarrett had a multi-hit game, as did third baseman Brandon Becker.
Aberdeen IronBirds 4, Mahoning Valley (Indians) 2 - Game 1, 7 innings
The Gray Fenter Aberdeen exile went decently for one of the first times this season. He gave up a pair of runs in four innings of work, striking out four while allowing three hits and two walks. Three relievers pitched a scoreless inning apiece after Fenter, including 2018 seventh rounder J.J. Montgomery.
Mahoning Valley (Indians) 3, Aberdeen IronBirds 0 - Game 2, 7 innings
You can’t win them all, and you’re particularly unlikely to win a game where you get only three hits. The Aberdeen starter, Willie Rios, was fine, giving up just one earned run in five innings, with five hits and three walks allowed against six strikeouts.
Austin Hays was on rehab from Bowie in this game as he gets back into game shape for an appropriate level. Like many of the other Aberdeen batters in this game, he went hitless.
Sunday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: vs. Toledo, 4:05. Starter: Matt Wotherspoon
- Bowie: at Harrisburg, 4:00. Doubleheader. Starters: Dean Kremer, Dillon Tate.
- Frederick: at Down East, 1:00. Doubleheader. Starters: Zac Lowther, Cristian Alvarado.
- Delmarva: at Kannapolis, 5:05. Starter: Brenan Hanifee
- Aberdeen: vs. Mahoning Valley, 5:05. Starter: TBD