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Orioles minors 8/9: Hitting slumps are contagious

The O’s affiliates played six games last night and scored a combined total of 10 runs. They’re lucky that they got even one win.

Norfolk Tides 2, Gwinnett Braves 1

It was a nail biter down at AAA as once and future Oriole Tyler Wilson pitched five innings on 72 pitches. Wilson one run on five hits but did not walk a batter.

The Tides’ offense did just enough to win, though with 12 hits they probably could have done more. Dariel Alvarez came up big with a four-hit game while Trey Mancini contributed an RBI double and Mike Yastrzemski went 2-for-3.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR) 6, Bowie Baysox 2

The Baysox were in this game through the first six innings. Brandon Barker started the game and pitched six innings with three runs (two earned) allowed.

Then Tanner Scott came in and continued with his double-A struggles. He gave up one run in the seventh on two walks and a double, then walked the first two batters in the eighth before he was pulled.

Henry Urrutia was the only Baysock to have a multi-hit game. Chance Sisco had just one hit but walked three times.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (KCR) 7, Frederick Keys 3

In game one of the Keys’ doubleheader, Jon Keller gave up three runs (two earned) in four innings. Keller was recently demoted from the Bowie Baysox and in this, his third start, he finally gave up a run

All Keys’ offense came with one swing of the bat as Yermin Mercedes hit a three-run dinger, his first home run since his promotion from Delmarva on August 1st. The Keys had just four hits total in the game including a double from D.J. Stewart.

Wilmington Blue Rocks 3, Frederick Keys 2 - Game 2

Game two of the doubleheader didn’t go any better than game one. Trevor Belicek pitched four innings as the starter and held his own, giving up just one run on two hits and two walks. His replacement, Garrett Cleavinger, was not as successful and ended up taking the loss.

The two Keys’ runs were scored on an RBI double by Stephen Wilkerson and and a ground out by Josh Hart. Stewart added on two more hits, including another double, in this game. He continues to put up solid numbers since joining Frederick.

Lakewood BlueClaws (PHI) 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 1

It feels like the offensive slump has spread all the way to the minor, doesn’t it? The ‘Birds only run of the game came courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Ryan Mountcastle, who also had a single in the game.

For awhile it looked like that one run might hold up. Starter Bryan Gonzalez pitched six shutout innings in which he allowed three singles and a walk, but picked off two runners and erased another on a double play. Unfortunately in the seventh inning he gave up a three-run homer to lose the lead.

Staten Island Yankees 5, Aberdeen Ironbirds 0

The Ironbirds mustered just four hits in the game, which won’t get you very far. Preston Palmeiro, the seventh round pick this year, doubled for the only extra base hit of the night.

Travis Seabrooke pitched and gave up four runs, including a two-run homer. It would behoove him to not walk three batters in five innings.

Today’s Games

  • Norfolk vs Gwinnett, 12:05. Starter: Odrisamer Despaigne
  • Bowie vs. New Hampshire, 7:05. Starter: David Hess
  • Frederick @ Wilmington, 6:35. Starter: Lucas Long
  • Delmarva vs. Lakewood, 7:05. Starter: Reid Love
  • Aberdeen vs. Staten Island, 7:05. Starter: Cody Sedlock

For more details on yesterday’s games, including those of the Dominican Summer and Gulf Coast leagues, check out