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Orioles minors 8-16: Mercedes’ two-hit inning fuels Keys comeback

One big inning in Frederick kept it from being a winless night on the farm. And T.J. McFarland started his rehab assignment for the Keys. It did not go well.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 3, Norfolk Tides 2

The Tides took a 2-1 lead in to the eighth inning before giving up single runs in both the eighth and ninth to lose. The Tides went with a bullpen game with usual relief pitcher Oliver Drake making the start and going two scoreless. He was the only pitcher to not give up a run.

The offense had seven hits, all singles. Trey Mancini went 2-for-4.

Hartford Yard Goats (COL) 4, Bowie Baysox 3 (12 innings)

This game was played in Bowie although the Yard Goats played as the home team. If you haven’t heard, this poor team has spent the entire season on the road due to issues with the construction with their stadium. That has got to be miserable for their players.

Brandon Barker had a nice start for the Baysox, giving up two runs over six innings with eight strikeouts. The game went into extra innings tied 3-3 as Tanner Scott gave up the losing run in his second inning of work.

The Baysox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on three straight hits from Julio Borbon, Garabaz Rosa, and Chance Sisco. Sisco was 2-for-5 with a walk in the game. Drew Dosch hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning that set up the extra innings.

Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) 5, Frederick Keys 3 - Game 1

T.J. McFarland started this game in a rehab appearance and it didn’t go well, at least as far as results. Teej gave up three runs in just 13 of an inning, including two home runs. He threw 31 pitches. Ouch.

Keys scored all three runs of this game in the second inning of the game, where they sent eight batters of the plate. Yermin Mercedes and D.J. Stewart each had an RBI hit, and one run scored on a wild pitch.

Keys 9, Hillcats 6- Game 2

The Keys were losing this game 6-3 going into the sixth inning until they scored six runs to make a dramatick comeback. Lucas Long made the start and while he lasted five innings, he also gave up five runs on 10 hits, including two home runs. Not a great night for my last name buddy.

As for the big sixth inning by the Keys, it started with a bang as Mercedes and Austin Wynns hit back-to-back home runs. Three straight singles loaded the bases before the Hillcats pitcher uncorked a wild to pitch to score another. A walk to Stewart re-loaded them, giving Aderlin Rodriguez the chance to hit a two-run single. Mercedes came to back for a second time in the inning and got another RBI, knocking in Stewart. Very impressive.

Every Key had at least one hit in this game. Stewart singled and walked in the game, while leadoff batter Erick Salcedo reached base three times with a single and two walks.

Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 2

Wow, the minor league teams were very sad on offense last night, weren’t they? The Shorebirds had only four hits in the game. They scored one run in the first when Ryan Mountcastle knocked in Cedric Mullins, who had started the game with a double. In the seventh, Stuart Levy hit a solo home run. That was all of the offense.

Starter Reid Love went six innings with just two runs allowed on six hits. Jay Flaa took the loss by giving up a run on two hits and two walks in the seventh inning.

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Today’s Games

  • Norfolk @ Scranton/WB, 7:05. Starter: David Hale
  • Bowie “@” Hartford, Doubleheader, 1:05. Starters: David Hess, Scott McGough
  • Frederick vs. Lynchburg, 7:00. Starter: David Richardson
  • Delmarva @ Greensboro, 7:00. Starter: TBD
  • Aberdeen @ Tri-City, 7:00. Starter: Travis Seabrooke

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