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Orioles minors 8/20: Christian Walker bids for a Sept. callup

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The Orioles called up the scheduled Norfolk starter, so their bullpen had to cobble together a win. Oh, and I think Christian Walker wants to get back to Baltimore.

Norfolk Tides 4, Durham (Rays) 0

A solid effort from the Tides pitching staff, who were deprived of their scheduled starting pitcher, Odrisamer Despaigne, due to shenanigans at the major league level. Three pitchers patched together a three-hitter, including 3.2 innings from Jayson Aquino, a lefty on the 40-man roster.

Norfolk actually managed to plate the four runs on eight hits despite not getting a single hit with a runner in scoring position - and only one of the runs scored on a home run, too. Hey, they all count. Christian Walker had a “Please call me up in September!” kind of game, going 3-3 with two doubles and a home run. For Walker, that was the 15th home run of the season.

Akron (Indians) 8, Bowie Baysox 5

Not so much credit for the Baysox bullpen, however, as they gave up five runs in the last two innings of the game to help send Bowie to a loss.

Catcher Chance Sisco was 0-4 at the plate, but in a reversal of his usual trend, Sisco threw out two of three would-be basestealers in the game and also picked off a runner.

Frederick Keys 7, Potomac (Walgreens) 6

Despite being out-hit in the game, Frederick held on for the victory. D.J. Stewart hit another home run, his fourth since being promoted to High-A, and also drew a walk in the contest. I like people who hit home runs and draw walks far better than people who give up home runs and walks.

Lakewood (Phillies) 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 2

One of those games that’s a loss on the scoreboard for the affiliate, but maybe counts as a positive for the Orioles because a couple of prospects had nice games. Ryan Mountcastle was 2-4, grabbing a double. Starting pitcher Brian Gonzalez, heading in to the end of his first real healthy season as a professional, gave up just two runs on seven hits and a walk on six innings of work. Two of those seven hits were home runs, alas.

Aberdeen IronBirds 3, Vermont (Athletics) 1

As is becoming almost customary, one of the O’s top three picks from this year’s draft turned in an outing with three scoreless innings. Keegan Akin kept the Lake Monsters off the board while he was in the game, striking out three batters while giving up two hits and a walk.

Although the Shorebirds didn’t have much going in the way of offense, they made it count: Third rounder Austin Hays was 2-4 with two doubles and drove in all three of the Aberdeen runs.

For complete box scores from Saturday’s games, including the adventures of the GCL Orioles and DSL Orioles, check out here.

Today’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs. Durham, 6:05. Starter: Andy Oliver
  • Bowie: vs. Akron, 2:05. Starter: Brandon Barker
  • Frederick: at Potomac, 6:05. Starter: Lucas Long
  • Delmarva: vs. Lakewood, 5:05. Starter: Ofelky Peralta
  • Aberdeen: vs. Vermont, 5:35. Starter: Matthias Dietz