Mychal Givens was a shortstop when he was drafted by the Orioles in the second round of the 2009 draft. There were arguments over who would be the Orioles shortstop of the future, Mychal Givens or Manny Machado. Turns out neither of them. Mychal was converted to a pitcher and now closes for the Bowie Bay Sox. The radar glared 100 for one pitch as he threw two innings of shutout ball to pick up the save in the Bowie Bay Sox 2-1 win over the Harrisburg Senators.
Anthony Rendon was originally in the lineup to play second base for the Senators. He was a late scratch, replaced by Kevin Keyes, who hit in the DH spot as Tony Renda moved from DH to second base. Keyes swung and missed at a 98 mile per hour Mychal Givens fastball to end the game.
The Bay Sox struck first in the opening frame getting singles from Mike Yastremski and Garabez Rosa, sandwiched in between with a walk from Glynn Davis to load the bases with no out off Senators starter Brian Rauh. It was Rauh’s second AA appearance after being promoted from Potomac. He gave up four homeruns and eight runs in his first outing. He settled down, getting Bay Sox RBI leader Sean Halton to ground into a double play to the third baseman, third to first. A run scored on the play.
Rauh gave up his second run in the fifth, giving up a two out triple to Mike Yastremski and a single to Glynn Davis. The top three hitters in the lineup for the Bay Sox were 7 for 10 off Rauh, but he lasted seven innings allowing only two runs.
Elih Villanueva pitched well for the Bay Sox, changing his speeds from 88 to 93 on his fastball. The Senators got their only run in the third on one out singles from Shawn Pleffner and Caleb Ramsey. Villanueva got Tony Renda to hit the ball on the ground for a possible 6-4-3 double play, but Derik Gibson could not get the ball out of his glove quickly enough and by the time the throw was made Renda had stepped on first just ahead of the throw, allowing Pleffner to score.
The Senators almost scored in the fifth. Wilmer Difo was on third with one out after leading off the inning with an opposite field double down the left field line. He advanced to third on a fly out. With the infield in Shawn Pleffner bounced one to Ozzie Martinez at short. Difo immediately broke for the plate but Martinez rifled a perfect throw home to get Difo. The remaining four innings the Senators could only get a runner on second. That was in the ninth inning when Givens could not handle the flip from Halton for the error, putting the leadoff man on first. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, but never saw third as two of the last three Senator hitters struck out.
Game Notes: Glynn Davis is playing centerfield over Mike Yastremski. Mike is an excellent center fielder from what we have seen of him. His bat lacks the power to profile well in left. Having Davis play centerfield over Yaz is a testament to his defensive capabilities…With Garabez Rosa in right field the Bay Sox had an outfield that could cover a lot of ground…Mario Lisson has a strong arm for right field. His foot speed is a little slow. The Mike Yastremski triple should have only been a double if Lisson had not been the one lumbering for the ball…Pedro Severino is one of the Nationals top catching prospects. He either baited Brandon Snyder or had a brain fart. With runners on first and second and one out he faked a throw to first, dropped the ball and casually went over to pick it up. Snyder broke for third, but Severino gathered the ball with his thoughts early enough to make the throw and nail the slow footed Snyder…Michael Burgess needs to try to go the other way with the pitch. Teams play three infielders to the right of second base and in two of his at bats he grounded out to the player perched in short right field. He also popped out to right field. He came into the game hitting only .133.