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Orioles minors 7/14: Delmarva’s offense stays hot

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Winners all around the Orioles affiliates on Thursday, except in Norfolk. Down in Delmarva, Baltimore’s own Alex Murphy had a great night at the plate.

Rochester (Twins) 6, Norfolk Tides 2

A big league kind of outing for Mike Wright, which in his case isn’t a good thing. Wright surrendered six runs in five innings, although two of them were unearned after a Trey Mancini throwing error. Still, Wright gave up nine hits, including two home runs. That’s a bit of a bump in the road. But then it’s not like Wright would have gotten promoted instantly for throwing a no-hitter.

Christian Walker hit his 11th home run of the season as part of a 2-4 game. Mancini was also 2-4 in the contest, but with only seven hits and no walks, the Tides had a tough time getting runs across.

Bowie Baysox 4, Richmond (Giants) 3

The Baysox were victors thanks to a walkoff wild pitch. You definitely don’t see that every day. They were able to pull off the win even though they were out-hit by the Flying Squirrels, 12-8. Bowie also only went 1-8 with runners in scoring position.

Chance Sisco, recently the only Orioles prospect on ESPN’s Keith Law’s midseason top 50 prospects list, had a 1-2 game and drew two walks. I like walks as long as it’s Orioles hitters drawing them.

For the Baysox, starting pitcher John Means survived five innings and gave up three runs despite allowing ten hits. Sometimes that’s the best you’re going to get.

Frederick Keys 4, Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 3

Not to get too excited over a small sample size or anything, but in 18 games since D.J. Stewart got promoted to this level, he’s batting .306 and has drawn 12 walks in 76 plate appearances. He had a 1-2 in this game, added another walk, and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Also good from this game was a 2-4 from catcher Jonah Heim, who threw out the lone runner who attempted to challenge his mighty arm as well. Running on Heim seems to be a bad idea.

Maryland’s own Ryan Meisinger allowed his first runs since getting promoted to Frederick, yet still managed to pick up the win. Tanner Scott tossed two innings to pick up the save, allowing only one hit and no walks while striking out two Pelicans batters.

Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Columbia (Mets) 5

Lots of offense on both sides in this one. The Fireflies were helped by Delmarva starter Ofelky Peralta coughing up four runs in five innings. Though Peralta only allowed four hits, he also gave up five walks.

The Shorebirds, however, were able to do their share of scoring as well. They were led by Baltimore’s own Alex Murphy, who was 3-5 with a double and scored two of the Shorebirds runs. Ryan Mountcastle did not get in on the scoring but that’s only because he didn’t play in what appears to be a routine day off.

Aberdeen IronBirds 8, Batavia (Marlins) 2

When you get eight runs on nine hits, you’re leading something of a charmed life. Not a very interesting game from a prospect standpoint, but hats off to Chris Shaw, Collin Woody (yes, really) and Cole Billingsley for multi-hit games. Shaw hit his second home run of the year.

On the mound, three Aberdeen pitchers, two of whom were drafted this year, combined to strike out 14 batters over the game.

For complete box scores from these games as well as the adventures of the Gulf Coast League and Dominican Summer League Orioles affiliates, check out here.

Today’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Rochester, 6:05. Starter: Tyler Wilson
  • Bowie: vs. Richmond, 7:05 (Fireworks!) Starter: Brandon Barker
  • Frederick: at Myrtle Beach, 7:05. Starter: Mitch Horacek
  • Delmarva: at Augusta, 7:05. Starter: Reid Love
  • Aberdeen: at Batavia, 7:05. Starter: TBD