Triple-A: Norfolk Tides postponed against Gwinnett
Both teams will play a doubles schedule scheduled for today.
Double-A: New Hampshire (Blue Jays) Fisher Cats 10, Bowie Baysox 5
Let’s start with the good news. Adley Rutschman hit his 11th home run of the season, a two-runner in the first inning. He now has 30 RBIs in 41 games. I like these two facts. The bad news is that the Baysox were already losing after Ofelky Peralta failed to come out of the first set while allowing four runs. Four hits and three walks allowed in two-thirds of a pitched inning, that’s, uh … well, that’s Ofelky.
Bowie actually tied the game in the second set with two more runs, but their post-Peralta relievers weren’t good either, so it turned into a blowout anyway. Bowie ended up leaving ten men on the base. They had their chances. Toby “Two different people set up Camden Chat accounts pretending to be my mom.” Welk had one and two rides during his Double-A debut. The 2019 21st round pick is probably my second favorite non-prospect in the system right now after NASCAR scion from Norfolk, Zach Jarrett.
Kyle Stowers, the team’s second round of 2019, also had two walks in his first game at this level, although it was without a hit. Early-season sensation Patrick Dorrian was the only Bowie hitter to score two hits in the game. He’s fallen apart since being scorching the first few weeks, but he’s still hanging on to a .252 / 0.384 / 0.504 batting line for the year.
High-A: Rome Braves 14, Aberdeen IronBirds 0
Starting pitcher Jake Prizina allowed five runs in the first inning and things never got better from there for Aberdeen, who saw three different pitchers give up four or more runs in the game, and their offense only tallied. that three hits. The only good news is, you’ve probably never heard of Prizina, the 31st round pick of 2019. It’s not exactly a fatal outing for the rebuilding project.
The tough day for the IronBirds offense came against Bryce Elder, the # 11 Braves prospect and their fifth-round draft pick last year. Elder allowed just two hits in five innings and struck out seven on strikes. The Aberdeen batters have been struck out a total of twelve times. Gunnar Henderson walked twice in his debut in the High-A category. Jordan Westburg and JD Mundy both went 0-4 in the game, while Shayne “23.5 percent of the time he gets a hit every time” Fontana was 2-3.
Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 10, Fredericksburg Nationals 0
Good news at last ! The Shorebirds scored their ten runs on eight hits, which is impressive efficiency. A seven-point sixth inning, fueled by a grand slam blow from Cristopher Cespedes, 23, really put the game out of reach, but it’s not like Delmarva needed it: their pitchers combined for a bang with the F-Nats. I dig it. This team’s best hitters to date have been promoted, so the remaining players will need to step up if the Shorebirds are to maintain anything near their 26-15 clip.
Seven of the roster’s nine hitters had a hit. Hudson Haskin doubled up and was hit with a pitch. Shortstop Darell Hernaiz had a hit and walked in five appearances at home. That game also saw the Low-A debut for 2017 fifth-round pick Lamar Sparks, whose twisty professional journey has been marked by injury. Sparks walked twice. Good luck to him now that he’s going into games above the rookie level.
Full box scores for Tuesday’s matches can be found here.
Scheduled Wednesday games
- Norfolk: vs. Gwinnett, 5:05 a.m. Entrances: TBD, and probably not the Mickey Jannis listed since he’s now in Baltimore
- Bowie: vs. New Hampshire, 6:35 a.m. Beginner: Blaine Knight
- Aberdeen: vs. Rome, 7:05 a.m. Beginner: Garrett Stallings
- Delmarva: vs. Fredericksburg, 7:05 a.m. Holder: Griffin McLarty