But on the farm

Since today's game has started so well here today, let's check the minors where two O's affiliates have day games.

Delmarva has already beaten Greensboro 9-4 in a game that began at 10:35. The Shorebirds are now 5-2 and had 11 hits. They've had ten or more hits in six games. Towson University product Gary Helmick hit two homers with 5 RBI today and Tyler Kolodny added a two-run shot.

Jake Cowan, last year's 10th-round pick, pitched six innings of shuout ball to go to 1 and 0. He allowed six hits.

In last night's loss, Delmarva's Randy Henry struck out the side in both the 7th and 8th frames.

Meanwhile, Norfolk leads Charlotte today, 4-0 in the 7th. Jake Arrieta has allowed just one hit and has thrown just 68 pitches through six. He has worked now 11 shutout innings on the seaason.

Norfolk's pitchers have held opponent hitters to an average of .164 with runners in scoring position. The Tides began today with a 2-4 mark.

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