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Orioles minors 9/3: Alex Wells ends his season on a high note

All of the Orioles affiliates lost on Saturday - but D.J. Stewart homered and walked twice and Alex Wells looked good, so yay?

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Charlotte (White Sox) 3, Norfolk Tides 0 (Game 1 - 7 innings)

The Tides made like the Orioles and went 0-10 with runners in scoring position. They actually out-hit the Knights 8-7 but just couldn’t get any hits when it counted. That happens sometimes.

Chance Sisco, recently promoted, took an 0-3, but Trey Mancini was 1-3 and drew a walk, and Mike Yastrzemski was 1-3 with the only Norfolk extra-base hit, a double. Also, on the pitching side, Bobby Bundy, brother of Dylan, pitched a scoreless inning in his Triple-A debut.

Charlotte (White Sox) 7, Norfolk Tides 2 (Game 2 - 7 innings)

Not much better with RISP for the Tides in this game, as they went 1-6 in those situations. When the best thing about a game is Austin Wynns hitting a homer, you probably have some problems.

Although the real problem was that the Tides gave up five runs in the first inning. Starting pitcher Andy Oliver allowed seven runs, five earned, on just 2.1 innings of work. He was followed by 40-man pitcher Parker Bridwell, who struck out four in 2.2 scoreless innings.

Akron (Indians) 4, Bowie Baysox 3

My default for Bowie all year has been, “How did Chance Sisco do?” But he got promoted so now the most interesting question to ask is “How did Jason Garcia do?” The answer in this game was that he gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings of work, walking two and striking out six. That will leave last year’s Rule 5 pick with a 4.76 ERA for the season.

Wilmington (Royals) 4, Frederick Keys 3

Yes, the Keys lost, but D.J. Stewart was 1-3 with his sixth High-A home run in 57 games. No, that’s not exactly a lot, but when you add in the two walks and look at his Frederick slash line of .272/.381/.441, that is something that will work... if he can eventually adjust to Bowie and then Norfolk and then the big leagues.

Kannapolis (White Sox) 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 2

If you’re waiting for a winner, you’re going to be disappointed. The Shorebirds only got three hits in this game, so let’s just move right along...

Brooklyn (Mets) 2, Aberdeen IronBirds 0 another loss. The IronBirds out-hit the Cyclones 6-5 but went 0-7 with RISP. Welp.

However, despite the loss, Alex Wells, one of the interesting players on Aberdeen’s roster, pitched well in what will be his final outing, blanking the Cyclones for the first five innings while giving up just two hits and two walks. And he only threw 54 pitches in his five innings. Very nice. The 19-year-old Australian lefty finishes the season with a 2.15 ERA. Let’s see what he can do in Delmarva this year.

For complete box scores from these games, not including the GCL or DSL Orioles adventures because their seasons are over, check out here.

All of the affiliates have just two games to play. None have made the postseason.

Today’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Durham, 5:05. Starter: Joe “The Gunk” Gunkel
  • Bowie: at Akron, 6:05. Starter: John “The Ends Justify The” Means
  • Frederick: vs. Wilmington, 6:00. Starter: David Richardson
  • Delmarva: vs. Kannapolis, 5:05. Starter: Cristian Alvarado
  • Aberdeen: vs. Hudson Valley, 7:05. Starter: Travis Seabrooke