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Orioles minors 4/26: Francisco Jimenez pitches a gem in Delmarva

The affiliates went 2-2 last night. The guys in the upper levels had trouble hitting and those in the lower levels had no trouble pitching.

Dariel Alvarez
Dariel Alvarez
Christopher McCain/Norfolk Tides

Louisville Bats (Reds) 7, Norfolk Tides 2

It was a stinker of a night in what has so far been a stinker of a season for the Tides. Starting pitcher Terry Doyle pitched into the sixth inning, which is pretty good. But he gave up five runs, which is very bad. His relief, Chaz Roe, followed with a two-run homer allowed. At least Pedro Beato and Oliver Drake had good nights. They eached pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

Dariel Alvarez had a nice night at the plate with double and walk. Trey Mancini remains hitless in his AAA career though he did draw a walk. Christian Walker was also 0-for-3 with a walk.

Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants) 6, Bowie Baysox 4

The Baysox jumped on the board quickly, scoring four runs in the fourth inning. Unfortunately they couldn't do anything after that and gave the Flying Squirrels the chance to climb back into the lead. So bad was the offense after the first inning that the Baysox didn't have a single hit. All four of their hits came in the first. In innings 2-9 they had three base runners on two walks (both by Chris O'Brien) and a hit by pitch.

Joe Gunkel started for the Baysox and pitched well enough to win. He gave up two runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings despite allowing eight hits. He walked one and struck out four. Jason Stoffel blew the save and took the loss by giving up three runs in the ninth. After two singels and an intentional walk to Giants' top prospect Christian Arroyo, a bases clearing double put the Baysox in the loss column.

Frederick Keys 4, Salem Red Sox 1

The lower minors teams saw some good pitching last night. Matthew Grimes made the start for the Keys and allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings pitched. He had a nice GO/FO ratio of 6/2 while striking out four and walking just one. His lone run allowed came in the fourth after a few single and a wild pitch.

On offense, the Keys had two two-run innings which was enough to make the difference. In the second inning Jonah Heim blasted a two-run homer, his first of the season. And in the third inning Aderlin Rodriguez joined the fun with a two-run dong of his own.

Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Greenville Drive (Red Sox) 1

Speaking of good starting pitching, Francisco Jimenez had it going on last night. He completed seven innings with just three hits and one run allowed. He got six strikeouts and only walked one. After three starts on the season his ERA is a lovely 2.25. The run he allowed scored after a walk and a double. Those walks always come back to haunt you.

The Shorebirds didn't have much offense last night, but three runs were enough. Ryan Mountcastle went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Alex Murphy and D.J. Stewart were both hitless on the night. No Shorebird had a multi-hit game.

Today's Games

Norfolk Tides vs. Indianapolis Indians, 6:35 PM. Tides starter: David Hale. Starting for the Pirates is former O's prospect Steven Brault.

Bowie Baysox vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6:35 PM. Baysox starter: David Hess

Frederick Keys vs. Salem Red Sox, 7 PM. Keys starter: Cory Jones

Delmarva Shorebirds vs. Greenville Drive, 7:05 PM. Shorebirds starter: Christian Alvarado

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