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Orioles minors 7/31: Bowie and Aberdeen win a pair of 1-0 games

Jayson Aquino and Keegan Akin led their respective squads to shutout victories on Sunday.

Norfolk Tides 4, Indianapolis Indians (PIT) 1

Andy Oliver had a solid outing (5 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 ER), but couldn’t get any run support from his offense and left the game on the hook for the loss. That changed in the seventh, when Norfolk was finally able to break through with four runs in the frame.

After Mike Yastrzemski and Trey Mancini singled, Christian Walker had an RBI fielders’ choice and L.J. Hoes drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly. Later in the inning, Corban Joseph and Austin Wynns had a pair of two-out RBI singles.

The Indians fought back in the seventh, but Oliver Drake was able to induce an inning-ending, bases-loaded double play to clean up Richard Rodriguez’s mess. Drake pitched a perfect eighth and Jason Stoffel picked up the save.

Bowie Baysox 1, Akron Rubberducks (CLE) 0

Jayson Aquino threw six shutout innings, and a Conor Bierfeldt solo shot in the top of the seventh was all he’d need to get the win. Stefan Crichton picked up the hold in the seventh and Parker Bridwell went six-up-six-down for a two inning save.

Bridwell has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen since his return to the Baysox after missing a little over a month with an injury. Since allowing three runs in his return outing on July 15th, he’s had five straight shutout appearances.

Garabez Rosa had two of Bowie’s five hits on the day. Bierfeldt’s home run was his 15th of the season overall and his first since being promoted to Bowie. He was hitting .273/.340/.581 in Frederick prior to his promotion on July 18th.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC) 6, Frederick Keys 3

Starter David Richardson was roughed up for six runs on ten hits in four innings,- weirdly enough, that’s the second game in a row in which he’s had that exact line. Jeff Beliveau and Ryan Meisinger combined to pitch four no-hit innings in relief, but the damage was already done.

After a Cameron Kneeland double, Aderlin Rodriguez knocked in the game’s first run for a short-lived lead in the top of the first inning. An RBI walk by Erick Salcedo in the fifth and a sac fly by Kneeland one batter later cut the score to 6-3, but that was as close as the Keys would get.

West Virginia Power (PIT) 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 2

The Shorebirds struck out an impressive 15 times in this one, and they weren’t able to score until Alex Murphy singled home Cedric Mullins in the sixth. They added a run on a Gerrion Grim groundout in the ninth, but it was too little too late.

Delmarva starter Reid Love allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings, and struck out just one. Randolph Gassaway was the only Shorebird with multiple hits, going 2-4 with two doubles.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 1, Brooklyn Cyclones (NYM) 0

Keegan Akin had his best professional appearance yet in his fourth start for Aberdeen - he allowed no hits and struck out five (although he did walk three) in three innings. Yi-Hsiang Lin, Tyler Erwin, and Steven Klimek each pitched two scoreless innings of relief, with Lin allowing no hits and the others giving up just one hit apiece.

It was a good thing Aberdeen pitchers held the Cyclones to two hits, because the Ironbirds lineup was only able to muster three. They were dominated by Brooklyn starter Thomas Szapucki, who struck out ten over seven innings.

The Ironbirds’ only run was in the fifth, and it was a weird one. After Jaylen Ferguson reached first base on a fielders’ choice, Guillermo Salas hit a fly ball that was caught by Cyclones right fielder Arnaldo Berrios in foul territory. Berrios was injured sliding into the wall on the play, and Ferguson scored all the way from first.

Today’s matchups

Norfolk vs. Durham, 7:05 PM (David Hale)

Bowie @ Reading, 7:05 PM (Jason Garcia)

Frederick vs. Myrtle Beach, 7:00 PM (Mitch Horacek)

Delmarva @ Hickory, 7:00 PM (Ofelky Peralta)

Aberdeen @ Brooklyn, 7:00 PM (TBA)