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Orioles minors 5/2: A good day for the Keys

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Down on the Orioles farm, Frederick blew out the opposition, and catcher Jonah Heim generated some more praise for his work.

This fresh-faced lad with the big league ink is Jonah Heim.
This fresh-faced lad with the big league ink is Jonah Heim.
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Norfolk Tides 0, Louisville Tides 1

The Tides and the Bats dueled to a nil-nil draw up until last ups, when Edgar Olmos went full Matusz letting the winning run score. The Tides only got five men on base and still managed to be 0-4 with RISP. Man of the hour Paul Janish singled and walked.

Bowie Baysox vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels (PPD)

Frederick Keys 11, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

We hear a lot about Joey Rickard these days, but the O's also picked up pitcher Cory Jones in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. Jones struck out seven and allowed an earned run in six innings. Baseball Prospectus scouting guru C.J. Wittman was at this game and assessed Jones thusly:

Cam Kneeland was the only Key who failed to reach base and five of nine Keys had multihit games. Jay Gonzalez continued his hot start to the season with a single,double, walk and a steal. The prospects you hear most about on the Keys, Jonah Heim and Jomar Reyes each tripled. Wittman also had some thoughts on Heim:

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Charleston RiverDogs 0 (1) (7 inn.)

Brian Gonzalez and Jake Bray held the RiverDogs to seven baserunners. Cedric Mullins had a nice game out of the leadoff spot with a single, double and a triple.

Delmarva Shorebirds 2, Charleston RiverDogs 7

The Shorebirds Dominican contingent was used and abused by the RiverDogs in game two of the day's doubleheader. Francisco Jimenez was lit up for six earned runs in 5.1 innings. He walked five and allowed two earned runs.

Full boxscores are available here.

Today's probables:

Norfolk: Ariel Miranda

Bowie : Jayson Aquino, Davis Hess

Frederick: Mitch Horacek