Working as a starter after having spent most of the past two seasons in the Orioles' bullpen, left-hander T.J. McFarland is 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA after his first two starts. He was charged with four runs on four hits and a pair of walks in 3 1/3 innings April 11, then allowed a run on five hits in 4 1/3 innings Thursday. He struck out three batters in each start.
Bowie's starters were largely stellar through the first eight games of the year, with a 1.59 ERA in their first time through the rotation, but its offense has been week. No Baysox regulars were hitting over .300 entering Friday's games. First baseman Sean Halton led the team with nine hits, while outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and infielder Derrik Gibson had seven apiece. Halton also led the team with two home runs entering Friday.
Mitch Horacek, David Hess and Luis Gonzalez posted sub-3.00 ERAs over their first two starts of the season. Horacek, a left-hander, has 12 strikeouts in as many innings, with two earned runs allowed. Hess, a right-hander selected in the fifth round last year, has seven strikeouts in 10 innings, and allowed two runs on six hits over two starts. Gonzalez is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA through his first two starts.
Brian Gonzalez, the Orioles' third-round pick and their first overall selection in 2014, struck out seven batters Thursday against Greensboro but earned a no-decision after allowing two runs on four hits in five innings. The left-hander has 11 strikeouts in 10 innings over two starts, though he has walked seven in that span. Catcher Alex Murphy (Calvert Hall) leads the team with 11 RBIs through Friday.