Notables Down on the Farm
The Tides took the second game of their series against Toledo by a score of 12-4. The Tides recorded a whopping 17 hits in the ball game on Tuesday. Dariel Alvarez did his job in contributing to his team’s hitting spree.
After back-to-back games of not recording a hit, Alvarez’s bat came alive early and often in the game on Tuesday. He stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat of the evening with Jemile Weeks at third base and two outs. After looking in two balls to start the at-bat, Alvarez drove the ball to center field for an RBI single, tying the game up at one.
After flying out to center field in the second inning, Alvarez stepped back in the batter’s box in the bottom of the fifth inning with Norfolk up on Toledo 4-2. The right-handed batter started the bottom half of the inning off right for the Tides by ripping a line drive single into right field. Alvarez scored later in the inning to extend the Tides lead.
The Tides then batted around and Alvarez came back up for his second plate appearance of the inning; this time the score was 10-2. He had the bases juiced and no outs when he hit a sacrifice fly to right field for his second RBI of the night.
Wanting to stay consistent with how his night at the plate had gone, Alvarez hit another single in the seventh inning for his last at-bat of the night.
Alvarez’s three-hit night raises his batting average with the Tides to .304 with four RBIs in six games played.
This should not surprise any fan of Mike Yastrzemski, but the up-and-coming star hit yet again another triple in Tuesday’s game against the Harrisburg Senators.
Although the Baysox dropped the game 4-2 to the Senators, Yaz did have a multi-hit night. After leading off the first inning with a triple to center field, Yaz scored on a sacrifice fly later in the inning to give Bowie an early 1-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, with Bowie now up 2-0, Yaz hit a ground ball single into left field. Yaz’s two-hit night was good to see for both coaches and fans alike as the center fielder was 0-9 in the two previous games headed into Tuesday’s matchup.
Dylan Bundy had Orioles management and fans saying “Thank goodness” with his outing on Tuesday. After his first three starts with the Keys did not go to plan giving up 12 runs 11 2/3 innings, Bundy “got the monkey off his back” with a solid outing from the mound.
On Tuesday Bundy pitched six innings and only gave up three hits and two walks. Despite only striking out one batter, he did not allow a run while pitching, earning him his first win during his rehab assignment as the Keys defeated Myrtle Beach 3-0. The six innings pitched were the most he has pitched while on his rehab assignment.