For my first minor league game of the year, I saw my closest team, the Blue Rocks. I actually hadn’t been since 2018, but not much has changed at Frawley Stadium. The game featured 13 walks, including 9 issued by the Blue Rocks pitchers, but the game still only took 2:39. And that also includes 13 strikeouts. For the IronBirds, Connor Norby and Darell Hernaiz, each had two hits. Blue Rocks LF Gage Canning went 2-4 with an RBI single and two-run home run. Blue Rocks RP Jose Ferrar also made his High A debut in this game. Final score was IronBirds 6, Blue Rocks 4.
The game featured the following prospects:
LF Colton Cowser (Orioles #4) – 0-2, 3 walks
DH Connor Norby (Orioles #11) – 2-4, 2 runs, walk, SB
3B Darell Hernaiz (Orioles #30) – 2-4, RBI, run, walk, 6th game at High A
C Israel Pineda (Nationals #24) – 1-4, RBI double, reached on error
CF Ricardo Mendez (Nationals #25) – 0-5, reached on error
SS Jordy Barley (Nationals #27) – 0-4