Bay Sox Beat Senators and Giolito

It was the first minor league game of the 2016 season for myworld. A random game highlighted by the appearance of Lucas Giolito on the mound for the Harrisburg Senators. He was not sharp, walking four batters and giving up three runs in the Bay Sox 6-3 win. Giolito lasted only four innings, departing the game after giving up an RBI single to Mike Yastrzemski.

Julio Borbon was the batting hero for the Bay Sox in the Friday night game. He drove in the first run in the third inning on a fielder’s choice ground out with runners on first and third and the Senators attempting to get the play at the plate. Adrian Marin beat the throw home. His infield single off the glove of Lucas in the fifth led to the second run scoring when Borbon scored on the Yastrzemski single. He sliced a two run single in the sixth to give the Bay Sox a 4-3 lead.

The Bay Sox scored a couple insurance runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Quincy Lattimore. After two walks loaded the bases a ground out scored the sixth run.

Lucas Giolito hit 97 on his fastball, sitting comfortably in the mid-90s. He walked four, one in each complete inning of work and gave up four hits. Despite the velocity of his fastball he only struck out two but kept the ball in the infield with eight ground outs.

His mound opponent Parker Bridwell does not come with the press clippings of Giolito but he consistently hit in the mid-90s with his fastball. Parker outpitched Lucas working five plus innings. Parker was sharp in his first four innings allowing just three hits. He lost command of the plate in the fifth and sixth innings, issuing three walks which resulted in two of the three runs scoring.

The Nationals clearly had the better prospects in their lineup with Rafael Bautista and Wilmer Difo the first two hitters in the order for Harrisburg. Those two hitters combined to go 1-7 with Difo showing his speed with his double in the eighth. The Orioles two big prospects are Trey Mancini and Chance Sisco, a little slower in the foot speed. Mancini finished the game 0 for 3 getting hit by a pitch and grounding into a double play. Sisco did not get an official at bat, walking all four times at the plate and scoring once.

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