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Mike Yastzremski tripled and had two singles. He scored the Baysox only two runs in a win. Looked like his grandfather. He is the Orioles Hangout MiLB player of the day.

Tides [AAA] Lost 4 to 3

T.J. McFarland pitched five and two thirds innings allowing just a run.

Christian Walker and Chris Parmelee each collected two hits.

Baysox [AA] Won 2 to 1

Mike Zastzremski tripled and had three hits.

Mychal Givens pitched two innings struck out three and earned the save.

Keys [A+] Lost 4 to 3

David Hess allowed three runs in five innings.

Trey Mancini homered.

Shorebirds [A] Shorebirds [A] Won 11 to 10

Brian Gonzalez allowed six runs in four and two thirds innings pitched.

Alex Murphy went 4-for-4, a Home Run short of the cycle.

Jomar Reyes 3-for-5

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Doulass Newton

Shorebirds Hold Off Augusta’s Rally, 11-10

GreenJackets score four in ninth, but Hart strands tying run

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Delmarva Shorebirds won a wild shootout on Saturday night, holding off a ninth inning rally from Augusta. Despite four runs by the GreenJackets in their final at-bat, Delmarva locked it up when it counted for an 11-10 final score.

The high-octane affair kicked off in the first. Conor Bierfeldt launched a two-run homer, his first of the season for Delmarva. Aramis Garcia responded for Augusta with a bases-clearing double in the bottom half of the first. Shorebirds starter Brian Gonzalez settled down after the first, retiring ten batters in a row after the Garcia double.

The seesaw battle continued in the fifth inning. Delmarva scored twice to take a 4-3 lead on an RBI double by Alex Murphy. Augusta bounced back in front with three runs off Gonzalez in the fifth, ending the left-hander’s night.

Down 6-4, the Shorebirds kept the offense going with seven unanswered runs. Jamill Moquete sliced an RBI double in the sixth to cut the GreenJackets’ lead to a single tally. In the seventh, Delmarva rallied for a lead with four runs off reliever Connor Kaden. Murphy ripped the tying single, and Jomar Reyes followed with the go-ahead knock up the middle.

The Shorebirds built up a comfortable lead at 11-6 with two more in the eighth. Murphy punched an RBI single, finishing his night at 4-for-4 with three runs driven in and just a home run shy of the cycle.

Augusta nearly pulled off an incredible comeback in the ninth. With one out, the GreenJackets strung together five consecutive hits. Relaford and Harrison went back-to-back with RBI triples, and Jonah Arenado delivered an RBI single to bring the tying run to the plate.

Delmarva went to the bullpen, bringing on closer Donnie Hart with the lead cut to 11-9. Andrew Cain smoked an RBI single up the middle, putting the tying run aboard with one out. Hart then got a flyball out from Garcia, and struck out John Riley to sew up the victory.

Garrett Cortright took home the win for Delmarva, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Donnie Hart earned his league-best sixth save of the season. Kaden suffered the loss for Augusta, dropping his record to 2-3.

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Doug Raferty

Frederick Keys News Release

For Immediate Release: May 2, 2015



Salem, VA – Frederick tied Saturday afternoons game up in the top of the eighth at 3-3, but Carolina answered a half-inning later to take game two of four by a final of 4-3. Keys starter David Hess lasted five innings and gave up three first inning runs, but allowed just two hits after the first frame in a no-decision.

Down 3-2 entering the eighth innings, the Keys tied it up without recording a hit. Mudcats reliever Mauricio Cabrera walked Steel Russell, who was pinch-run for by Anthony Caronia. Cabrera tossed a pickoff throw past first base to advance Caronia to second. Gregory Lorezeno struck out for the first out to send up Johnny Ruettiger. The Keys outfielder roped a 3-2 pitch down the first base line, but a diving Joey Meneses robbed him of extra-bases and an RBI. Caronia advanced to third on the play however, and a Cabrera wild pitch pushed him home to make it 3-3.

Jimmy Yacabonis, who relieved Hess to begin the sixth, started the eighth for what would be his third inning of work. After a groundout, Yacabonis issued a free pass to Meneses. Meneses stole second with Levi Hyams at the plate and rounded for third after Austin Wynns’ throw got into center field. Hyams walked to place runners on the corners with one out and Yacabonis was removed for Williams Louico. Connor Lien placed down a bunt just out of the reach of Loucio to score Meneses from third and a 4-3 Carolina lead.

It was a rough first frame for Hess, who went five innings, gave up four hits, and three runs. He walked three and struck out that same number. The first three batters reached against the Tennessee native, two via walks. Carlos Franco brought home one run with a groundout, and Jose Briceno roped an 0-2 pitch with two in scoring position for a 3-0 Carolina lead.

Frederick recorded just two hits through the first four innings against Mudcats starter Tyler Brosius, but the bats woke up in the fifth. Trey Mancini snapped a 13-inning scoreless drought at Five County Stadium with a two-run home run to bring the Keys to within a 3-2 deficit.

The Keys knocked six hits in the game, led by Jeff Kemp’s 2-for-4 effort. Yacabonis took the loss, allowing an unearned run through 2.1 innings. Cabrera picked up the win, while Dave Peterson got the last out of the game to record his second save of the year.

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Adam Pohl

Bowie, Md. - The Baysox beat the Senators in the second game of a three game set on Saturday night, 2-1, with help from a great game by Mike Yastrzemski. The left fielder lit up the field for the Baysox throughout the game, recording three hits with a triple and two runs scored.

The Baysox pitching staff also had a great night, with starter Elih Villanueva throwing seven one-run innings and picking up the win. Reliever Mychal Givens recorded his third save of the season, pitching the final two innings and striking out three batters. Givens has been one of the Baysox strongest relievers so far this season, now owning an ERA of 0.61 after eight games.

For the second night in a row, Bowie scored in the bottom of the first after Yastrzemski led off with a single, followed by a Glynn Davis walk and then another single from right fielder Garabez Rosa. With the bases loaded, first basemen Sean Halton grounded into a double play, but Yastrzemski scored on the play to give the Baysox a 1-0 lead.

Harrisburg didn't back down and scored a run to tie the game in the third inning. With one out, first basemen Shawn Pleffner and left fielder Caleb Ramsey hit back-to-back singles leaving Pleffner on third. Senators second basemen Tony Renda grounded into a fielder's choice that scored Pleffner and tied the game 1-1.

The Baysox scored what would be the winning run in the fifth inning thanks to a two-out triple from Yastrzemski. Davis knocked Yastrzemski in with a single to right-center field to give the Baysox the decisive 2-1 lead.

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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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The minor league player of the night might have been a bit premature. Alex Murphy with a 4 for 4 night. 2 singles, a double, and a triple. 2 runs scored and 3 rbi. All done while catching the entire game.

It was. But I was going to bed. I'll pick up Alex soon.

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