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Wow, I must have ticked him off when I listed him on my "Not sheet" earlier today after batting just .205 with 0 home runs in April. Christian Walker kicked off May with a bang. He went 3-for-5, with two doubles and his 1st home run of the season. He's the Hangout Minor League Player of the Night!

Tides [AAA] Won 4 to 3

Mike Wright turned in a quality start (6 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K).

Nolan Reimold went 2-for-5 with a double.

Henry Urrutia had a 2-for-4 game.

Bowie [AA] Lost 2 to 1

Tim Berry turned in a much needed solid outing (8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K).

Mike Yastrzemski went 2-for-4 with a double.

Frederick [AA] Lost 1 to 0

Mitch Horacek pitched another quality outing (6 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K).

Drew Dosch doubled and is hitting .293 for the Keys.

Shorebirds [A] Lost 5 to 4

Jay Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a double.

Jonah Heim and Jomar Reyes both hit doubles.

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Douglass Newton

GreenJackets Buzz Past Shorebirds, 5-4

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Delmarva Shorebirds dropped a tight contest in Friday night’s series opener to the Augusta GreenJackets. A go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning lifted Augusta past the Shorebirds for a 5-4 final score.

Two batters into the game, Delmarva jumped in front to start a back-and-forth night. Jay Gonzalez led off with a double down the left field line. After a wild pitch, Steve Wilkerson skied a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

Shorebirds’ starter Bennett Parry began with three perfect innings before slipping in the fourth. Augusta strung together four singles, including two bunts, for two runs and a 2-1 lead.

Augusta extended their lead with two more runs in the sixth inning, both charged to Parry’s ledger. Travious Relaford scored on a wild pitch, and Aramis Garcia delivered an RBI double.

Delmarva immediately responded with a rally to tie the game in the seventh. Gonzalez flared an RBI single to left, part of a three-hit night for the centerfielder. With the bases loaded, Conor Bierfeldt beat out a chopper towards third, scoring two runs for a 4-4 tie.

The GreenJackets scored the decisive blow in the eighth inning. Zeke McGranahan issued a leadoff walk to Jonah Arenado to put the go-ahead run aboard. After a sacrifice bunt and strikeout, the Shorebirds’ reliever was close to preserving the tie. With two strikes, John Riley punched a two-out RBI single to put Augusta in front for good.

Coming off a ninth inning rally on Thursday, Delmarva threatened again in their final chance. Gonzalez and Wilkerson both singled to put the tying run in scoring position, but a double play ended the night.

Dusten Knight (1-1) earned a win for Augusta, while Raymundo Montero picked up his fourth save. McGranahan suffered the loss, allowing his first earned run of the season.

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Doug Raferty



Zebulon, NC – One night after scoring a season-high nine runs, the Keys were held scoreless in a 1-0 opening loss to the Carolina Mudcats on Friday night at Five County Stadium. Keys starter Mitch Horacek was the tough-luck loser, tossing six innings of one-run baseball while striking out six batters.

Jacob Schrader provided the only run of the game with one out in the second. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Schrader lifted a ball the other way just inside the right field foul pole and over the fence for his third homer of the year. That was the difference in a game that featured just nine combined hits.

The Keys had their chances late in the game, most notably in the eighth inning. Starter Steve Janas was removed after seven scoreless, and the Keys nearly score against the Carolina relief arms. Adrian Marin earned a four pitch walk from Andrew Waszak and Brenden Webb singled to place runners on first and second. Austin Wynns attempted a sacrifice bunt to move them both into scoring position, however Marin was thrown out a third by catcher Joe Odom. Waszak then punched out Anthony Hewitt before Andy Otero entered. Otero got a ground ball by Johnny Ruettiger back to him, but he mishandled it for an error to load the bases. It didn’t work out for the Keys though, as Tyler Jones came in to relieve Otero and struck out Jeff Kemp to end the threat.

Janas set down 11 Frederick batters in a row from the last out in the first to the first out in the fifth. In the fifth, Marin and Webb singled to put runners on the corners, but Wynns bounced into a double play. Janus gave up three hits and struck out six to improve to 3-0.

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Adam Pohl

Bowie, Md. - Baysox starter Tim Berry pitched a season-high eight innings, allowing just two runs, but the Baysox struggled to score as they fell to Harrisburg 2-1 Friday night. Bowie outhit Harrisburg 11-6, but failed to push any runs across after the first inning.

The Baysox best chance to tie the game came in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out when Brandon Snyder was thrown out at home plate by left fielder Rick Hague on a Quincy Latimore single. That ended the Baysox final scoring threat.

Washington Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon was in Bowie for the evening, rehabbing with the Senators at second base. He came to the plate three times, grounding out, flying out and drawing a walk in five innings.

Bowie struck first in the bottom of the first inning against Harrisburg starter Joe Ross. Mike Yastrzemski hit a lead-off single to right field and moved to second base on a Glynn Davis sacrifice bunt. Garabez Rosa moved Yastrzemski to third base on a groundout and he scored on a Sean Halton double to left field to give the Baysox a 1-0 lead.

Harrisburg came right back to take the lead in the top half of the second inning against Berry. Matt Skole tied the game with a one out home run to left field and Wilmer Difo followed with a double to center field. Rick Hague brought Difo home with a two-out single to right field to give the Senators a 2-1 lead.

Berry threw eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five and walking one in the loss. Reliever Andrew Triggs pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Ross earned the win for Harrisburg, throwing six innings and allowing one run on eight hits while striking out five and walking one batter.

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Ian Locke

The Buffalo Bisons pushed across a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge the Tides 2-1 Wednesday night.

With the score knotted at 1-1, Caleb Gindl opened the eighth inning by reaching on a two-base error by left fielder Chris Parmelee. After a bunt single by Eziquel Carrera put runners on first and third, Michael Bowden (1-1) retired Andy Burns on a popout for the first out of the frame. During the next at-bat Tides catcher Rossmel Perez couldn't handle a pitch from Bowden, and Gindl scored from third on the passed ball to give the Bisons the lead.

Norfolk starter Eddie Gamboa turned in his best outing of the season, as he allowed one run on three hits and two walks over six innings of work. Gamboa struck out three while throwing 54 of his 83 pitches for strikes.

The Tides got their only run of the contest in the second inning, as Michael Almanzar, Sharlon Schoop and Paul Janish connected on consecutive two-out singles. Janish's RBI hit extended his season-high hitting streak to six games.

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