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About Riley Blake

Riley Blake

Riley is a journalism student and baseball fanatic at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA. As a long-time resident of Virginia Beach, he grew up attending Norfolk Tides games and was thrilled when they made the switch from an affiliate of the New York Mets to the Orioles in 2007. His baseball interests include prospect analysis and all things pitching. The highlight of his fandom occurred during the 2017 World Baseball Classic in Miami when he saw Adam Jones drill a walk-off single to lead Team USA past Venezuela and jumpstart the team's first-ever WBC championship run. You can follow him on Twitter @RileyDBlake.

The Case for an Orioles “Opener”

Mychal Givens pitches.
The Tampa Bay Rays turned heads on Saturday night when they opted to use set-up man Sergio Romo as their starting pitcher against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Romo had made 589 big league appearances prior to Saturday, with every single one of them coming in relief. The thought process employed by manager Kevin Cash and the Rays front office was simple: allow Romo to pitch to the right-handed heavy top half of the Angels lineup and then allow left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to take over in a long relief […]

Ramirez Impressive, but Tides Drop Two of Three

Yefry Ramirez pitches.
SERIES RECAP: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS @ NORFOLK TIDES, MAY 15-17 The Norfolk Tides returned home to Harbor Park on Wednesday night for a three game series against the Indianapolis Indians. The club dropped two out of three games, but starting pitcher Yefry Ramirez and infielder Drew Dosch each made significant contributions. SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS The Indianapolis Indians are the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Indians entered the first game of the series at 18-16, good for second place in the International League West and 4.5 games behind […]

Lee Struggles as Indy Nips Tides, 10-8

Chris Lee finishes his motion.
A late comeback attempt from the Tides fell just short on Tuesday night, as they were defeated by the Indianapolis Indians (the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AAA affiliate) 10-8. A 10-run second inning doomed Norfolk starting pitcher Chris Lee, who exited after 1.2 innings pitched having given up seven runs (four earned). Reliever Jhan Marinez gave up three runs in 3.1 innings of relief, though none were earned. The Tides scored eight unanswered runs between the 3rd and 7th innings, but failed to push home any more in the 8th or 9th. […]
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