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Chance Sisco played a key role in the Baysox 11-9 win tonight. The 20-year old catcher went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs. He's the Hangout Milb Player of the Night!

Tides [AAA] Won 7 to 6

Ariel Miranda, the 27 year old lefty the Orioles signed from Cuba last May, made his AAA debut tonight. (4.2 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K).

Audry Perez homered tonight and drove in two.

Christian Walker hit his secodn home run in five games and is batting .389 so far.

Dariel Alvarez went 2-for-4 with an RBI double.

Baysox [AA] Won 11 to 9

Brian Matusz pitched the first inning for his rehab outing and the results were disastrous (IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, K).

Chris Lee took over from there and turned in a decent outing (6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K).

Julio Borbon went 3-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI.

Trey Mancini homered, his 3rd already this season. He also walked and drove in two runs.

Corban Joseph went 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run.

Keys [A+] Lost 5 to 1

Tanner Chleborad made the start (3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 0 K).

Jay Gonzalez went 2-for-4 and stole two bases.

Steve Wilkerson tripled and scored the lone run for the Keys.

Shorebirds [A] Won 7 to 4

Ofelky Peralta made his Shorebird debut tonight. He only pitched 2.2 innings but did rack up 5 strikeouts. (2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).

Gerrion Grim went 2-for-4 with an RBI double.

D.J. Stewart is batting just .071 so far after going 0-for-3 tonight.

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Ian Locke

Dariel Alvarez lined a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning, capping a five-run rally and lifting Norfolk to a 7-6 comeback win Monday night at Harbor Park.

Charlotte had taken a 6-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning after plating five runs in the frame, but Norfolk answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to pull within 6-5. Paul Janish then opened the eighth inning with an opposite field double off of Daniel Webb (1-1), and L.J. Hoes followed with an RBI single to knot the score at 6-6. After Hoes stole second base, Alvarez later lined a two-out double into the left field corner to give Norfolk a 7-6 lead.

Oliver Drake made the lead stand up in the ninth, as he worked around two singles to register his first save of the season.

Alvarez finished with two hits in the contest, extending his season-opening hitting streak to five games. The 27-year-old has now batted .333 (7-21) with two RBI and three runs scored to open the 2016 campaign.

Norfolk jumped out to an early lead in the contest, as Christian Walker opened the scoring with an opposite field solo homer in the first inning - his second home run this year. The 25-year-old has also hit safely in all five games this season, batting .389 (7-18) with two home runs and six RBI.

Audry Perez followed Walker’s blast with a solo shot of his own in the second inning, launching a fly ball deep over the left-center field wall for his first homer of the year. Perez, who had tied his career-high with four hits in Sunday’s game, later added a sacrifice fly during Norfolk’s three-run seventh inning rally.

Norfolk starter Ariel Miranda was impressive in his Triple-A debut, as he allowed one run on six hits over 4.2 innings of work. Miranda, who became the first player to make his Triple-A debut for the Tides this season, struck out six while walking two, throwing 47 of his 78 pitches for strikes. The only run he allowed came on a two-out RBI double in the fifth inning by former Tide Travis Ishikawa, a hit that chased him from the contest.

Former Oriole Miguel Gonzalez got the start for Charlotte and allowed two runs on three hits over five innings of work. Gonzalez, who pitched for the Tides in 2012 before making 101 appearances with the Orioles, struck out five without walking a batter.

Matt Wilson

Despite being down six runs in the first inning, the Baysox earned their first victory of the 2016 season Monday evening versus the Erie SeaWolves. Both starting pitchers struggled early in the game as the two teams combined to score 20 runs, with 13 coming in the first two innings.

After being down six runs before they even came to bat, Bowie responded with two runs in the first and another five runs in the second and did not trail again.

Baltimore Orioles LHP Brian Matusz made the start for the Baysox on a Major League Rehab Assignment. He pitched just one inning and allowed six earned runs on seven hits, while striking out one and walking one in the outing. LHP Chris Lee pitched behind Matusz and settled the SeaWolves bats to get the win going six and a third innings.

Erie got on the board first during a 30 pitch first inning from Matusz. After singles from Gustavo Nunez and Alberto Gonzalez, a third single from Dean Green scored the first run of the game. Dominic Ficociello followed Green’s RBI single with one of his own to make the score 2-0. Matusz was able to get Jason Krizan to fly out harmlessly, but the next batter Austin Green teed up a three-run homer to left field on a 0-2 pitch. Erie was not done scoring, as they used small ball to manufacture another run – a bunt single by Tyler Bortnick, followed by a stolen base by Bortnick and a single by Connor Harrell to make the score 6-0.

However, the Baysox responded in the bottom of the first inning. After a leadoff walk by Julio Borbon, who reached base four times, reigning Eastern League batting champion Trey Mancini came to bat with one out and hit a laser two-run home run to left field.

Lee replaced Matusz to begin the second inning and closed the door on the SeaWolves - allowing a single, followed by a 4-6-3 double play. The Baysox continued their scoring in the bottom of the second inning where Bowie batted around the whole order. The rally started when Corban Joseph hit a first-pitch solo home run to right field. Drew Dosch, Jeff Kemp, Julio Borbon and Mike Yastrzemski hit consecutive singles to bring in two more runs. The fourth run of the inning was scored due to a wild pitch by Erie starter RHP Brennan Smith. The fifth and final run of the inning was scored off a RBI single off the bat of Chance Sisco.

Erie clawed back to tie the game in the top of the third inning. With one out, Jason Krizan walked and moved to third base on an Austin Green single to right field before scoring on a sacrifice fly to make the score 7-7. The Baysox regained control of the game in the bottom of the fourth via a solo home from Borbon to right field to make the score 8-7.

After a pitching change, Bowie struck again in the bottom of the fifth inning against Erie RHP Gabe Hemmer. Chance Sisco reached on a fielding error and later came around to score on a Drew Dosch RBI groundout to give Baysox a commanding 9-7 lead. After a 1-2-3 top of the sixth inning the Baysox kept piling on the runs in the bottom of the frame. Hemmer issued walks to Yastrzemski and Latimore before being replaced by LHP Joe Mantiply with two outs. Sisco struck again with his second and third RBI’s of the game on a double to right field to push the lead to 11-7.

The SeaWolves did not go quietly and wound up rallying in the top of the eighth inning to cut the Baysox lead in half. Krizan drew a lead-off walk and Tyler Bortnick followed with a one-out home run to make the score 11-9.

Baysox reliever Jason Stoffel closed down the door to get the save by pitching one scoreless inning with zero hits and two strikeouts.

Geoff Arnold

Andrew Benintendi drove in three runs and scored another as the Salem Red Sox topped the Frederick Keys 5-1 on Monday night at LewisGale Field. In the game, Salem’s No. 3 prospect according to Baseball America went 3-for-5, and paced a Red Sox offense which posted 14 hits. With the loss, the Keys drop to 2-3 on the young season.

Frederick grabbed the initial lead of the game in the fourth inning. Steve Wilkerson started the frame with a triple to the right-center gap, his first Carolina League hit. One batter later, Aderlin Rodriguez brought home his teammate with a bounce out to the right side.

Making his first Advanced-A start, Tanner Chleborad pitched three scoreless innings before giving way to Luis Gonzalez. The southpaw faced the minimum in the fourth, but the Red Sox took the lead for good one stanza later. After singles by Bryan Hudson and David Sopilka, Mauricio Duban tied the game with an RBI bounce out. Benintendi then pick up his first of two RBIs with a single to right.

On top 2-1, Salem added three insurance runs in the seventh. Sopilka and Moncada started the frame with back-to-back singles against David Richardson. The Keys right-hander got Duban to pop out, but Benintendi tripled both runners home to make it 4-1. Later in the inning, Benintendi scored on a wild pitch to wrap things up.

Frederick did not have a hit in their final four trips to bat, as Adam Lau and Yankory Pimentel combined on five innings of one-hit relief. Lau (1-0) picked up the win, tossing two frames and striking out three, while Pimentel worked the final three for his first save. Gonzalez (0-1) took the loss for the Keys, allowing two runs on six hits in three innings.

Brendan Gllick

Shorebirds pitchers racked up 17 strikeouts tonight, but the offense managed only one run as Delmarva dropped its first game of the three game series against the Intimidators.

Ofelky Peralta took the loss in his first start of the season. He pitched himself into some trouble in the first inning, but got out of the frame unscathed. After he threw 32 pitches in the third inning and had allowed two runs on RBI singles in the third inning, Ryan Minor made a move to the bullpen. Peralta, who turns 19 next week, struck out five in 2.2 innings.

Reid Love, Elias Pinales and Jay Flaa dominated in relief. They combined to throw 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and fanning 12 Intimidators.

Gerrion Grim doubled home the only Delmarva run in the top of the second inning. He hit a 1-1 fastball to the fence in left field for his first extra base hit of the season. But that was all the offense the Shorebirds could muster. The ‘Birds had a chance in the 7th inning when they loaded the bases for D.J. Stewart, but Stewart’s slicing line drive was caught by left fielder Landon Lassiter just before in fell in for a hit.

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D.J. Stewart is batting just .071 so far after going 0-for-3 tonight.

I know it's still very early, but after his terrible year last year, Stewart, isn't doing anything to help his cause. Very strange that a 1st round pick out of college is this bad at A.

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I'm curious to know if we are near the bottom in terms of developing first rounders, or we just have tunnel vision and the draft is a crap shoot for everyone.

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I'm curious to know if we are near the bottom in terms of developing first rounders, or we just have tunnel vision and the draft is a crap shoot for everyone.

I think the O's have developed 1st rounders fine, though Wieters and Machado have a lot to do with that.

Need to see what we get out of Gausman/Bundy/Harvey.

Stewart certainly doesn't look very good so far, let's hope he picks it up this year.

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