L: Mark Hendrickson (0-1, 9.00)
HR: Nolan Reimold (1)
The Norfolk Tides received a strong outing from starting pitcher Ryan Drese last night in their season opener against the Charlotte Knights. Drese pitched six innings, allowing two runs, seven hits and striking out three.
The Tides trailed by one heading into the fifth when Craig Tatum led off the inning with a walk, then Tyler Henson doubled to center giving the Tides runners on second and third. Matt Angle then drove Tatum in on a sacrifice fly tying the game at 1-1. The Knights took the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Alejandro De Aza.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Tides tied the game at 2-2 on a Nolan Reimold solo homerun. The Tides pulled ahead on a Brendan Harris double to right to drove in Matt Angle.
In the seventh, the Tides brought in reliever Mark Hendrickson. Unfortunately, Hendrickson was unable to hold onto the lead. In the seventh he gave up a solo shot to Gookie Dawkins and then back-to-back doubles in the eighth from Dallas McPhereson and Stefan Gartrell to give the Knighs a 4-3 lead that they held on to.
On offense, both Reimold and Henson had two hits. In Hensons Triple-A debut he tallied two doubles going 2-for-3.
|Hendrickson (L, 0-1)||2.0||4||2||2||0||0||1||
AA: Harrisburg 5, Bowie 0
L: Spoone (0-1, 9.00)
The Bowie Baysox opened their season in Harrisburg against the Senators last night and could not get the bats going. The Senators pitchers struck out 15 Baysox batters as Harrisburg won the season opener 5-0.
The game started promising for the Baysox as they opened the top of the 1st with an Xavier Avery single. Avery then stole second base to give the Baysox a runner on second with no outs. They were not able to take advantage as the next three hitters struck out swinging leaving Avery stranded
Baysox starter Spoone pitched a solid first two innings before running into trouble in the third. The Senators put a three-spot up on the board behind four walks and two singles in the inning to take a 3-0 lead.
Reliever Ryohei Tanaka replaced Spoone in the fourth gave up an unearned run behind an error from first baseman Joe Mahoney to increase the Senators lead to 4-0. Tim Bascom came in for the sixth inning and retired the side in order before handing it over to Wynn Pelzer who pitched two innings allow one run and walking two.
The two teams will face-off again Friday night at 7pm.
|Florimon Jr., SS||3||0||1||0||.333|
|Spoone (L, 0-1)||3.0||3||3||3||5||3||0||
Low-A: Delmarva 2, Greensboro 1
W: Petrini (1-0, 0.00)
S: Walters (1)
One of the prize and gem prospects of the Orioles minor league system, Manny Machado had a huge start to his 2011 season. In his Delmarva debut, Machado delivered a clutch two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth that gave the Shorebirds all the runs they needed to win their opening day day against Greensboro 2-1.
Greensboro started the scoring in the third by getting a lead-off triple from Jacob Realmuto. The very next batter, Pedro Mendoza grounded out to second to score Realmuto and give the Grasshoppers a 1-0 lead. After that, the Shorebirds pitching locked down the Grasshoppers bats allowing just one hit over the final five innings.
Delmarva starter Luis Noel pitched four innings, allowing one run, on four hits and a walk, striking out four. Relievers Chris Petrini, Clayton Schrader, and David Walter combined for five innings, one hit, three walks and four strikeouts.
The two teams square off again today at 7:05pm.
|Petrini (W, 1-0)||3.0||1||0||0||1||3||0||0.00|
|Walters (S, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|