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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 @HarborParkRpt.

Mullins Stays Hot, but Tides Drop Three of Four

Cedric Mullins prepares to play defense.
The Norfolk Tides (47-44, 2nd place in the IL South through Sunday) stumbled to three losses in four games against the Gwinnett Stripers during the team’s first series since the AAA All-Star break. Center fielder Cedric Mullins, the No. 5 prospect in Baltimore’s minor league system, collected six hits in the series while extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was another bright spot, tossing eight innings of one-run ball during Friday’s game.   Gwinnett 4, Norfolk 1 Gwinnett shortstop Luis Marte went 3-for-4 at the […]

Bullpen Arms Lead Tides to Four-Game Sweep of Stripers

Joely Rodriguez prepares to pitch.
A trio of pitchers who normally pitch out of the Tides bullpen combined for 12 strong innings during a four-game series against the Gwinnett Stripers, helping Norfolk kick off what could be the most important homestand of the year by sweeping all four games. Pedro Alvarez had five RBIs in three games, including a walk-off two run double in the tenth inning of the series finale.   TIDES SEASON TO DATE The Tides (40-35, 2nd in the IL South through Wednesday) returned home on Monday after stumbling their way through […]

Tides Recap: Wilkerson Does it All as Norfolk Takes 3 of 4

Steve Wilkerson of the Frederick Keys.
Utility man Steve Wilkerson made his presence known during a weekend series against the Charlotte Knights, playing three different positions, making sparkling defensive plays, and contributing clutch hits as the Tides took three of four games against last-place Charlotte.   TIDES SEASON TO DATE The Tides (36-30, 2nd in the IL South through Sunday) entered the series with Charlotte having lost two out of three games to the Gwinnett Stripers (Braves’ AAA club) and scoring just four runs in those three games. Starting pitcher John Means (6 IP, 0 R, […]

“AAAA” Players Can’t be Any Worse than “MLB” Players O’s are Using

Renato Nunez of the A's poses with his bat.
It’s been no secret that the Orioles have been terrible this season: The Birds have the worst record in the major leagues, and Chris Davis has had the worst season of any hitter this year by several measures. The farm system is noticeably lacking strong prospects, especially at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Everyone expects Manny Machado to be traded at some point before August. Put simply, there hasn’t been a whole lot to cheer for this year. So where should the Orioles go from here? I wrote a few […]

Tides Recap: Cedric Mullins, Doubles Machine

Cedric Mullins in the batter's box.
Despite four doubles from center fielder Cedric Mullins, the Tides dropped two of three games to the Gwinnett Stripers to open a seven-game homestand. The Tides welcome the Charlotte Knights to Harbor Park on Thursday for a four-game weekend series.   TIDES SEASON TO DATE The Tides (33-29, 2nd place in the IL South through Wednesday) finished a six-game road trip prior to this homestand with a record of 3-3. Third baseman Renato Nunez hit .346 with three doubles over those six games, while catcher Caleb Joseph has hit .370 […]

Tides Split Rain-Shortened Series with Rochester

Orioles pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis on the mound.
LAST SERIES RECAP The Tides entered the series against the Rochester Red Wings stuck in a four-game losing streak and fresh off of a sweep at the hands of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Norfolk scored only six runs in the three games against Pawtucket, though the bullpen posted a 1.98 ERA over 13.2 innings pitched. The Orioles promoted one of their top prospects, outfielder Cedric Mullins, to the Tides from Double-A Bowie before Saturday’s game against the Red Wings. As of June 1, the club held a 28-23 record and […]

Bats Go Cold as Tides Swept by Pawtucket

The Norfolk Tides logo.
A QUICK TIDES ROAD TRIP RECAP The Tides returned to Harbor Park on Tuesday night having gone 6-2 on their most recent road trip, which saw them make stops in Charlotte and Toledo to play the White Sox and Tigers’ affiliates, respectively. The team’s 17-10 record in the month of May propelled them into the lead in the International League wild card race and left them only a half game back of Durham for first place in the IL South entering Tuesday’s game. Outfielder D.J. Stewart, the Orioles’ No. 11 […]

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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