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Orioles prospects 4/13: Bowie walks off, Dietz has a bad day

The O’s affiliates hit zero home runs, but still managed to go 2-2 on Thursday.

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Gwinnett Braves (ATL) 3, Norfolk Tides 2

The Tides jumped out to an early lead behind a good start from Chris Lee (5 IP, 5 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 1 R), an RBI single from Pedro Alvarez, and an RBI double from Paul Janish. That 2-1 score held until the 8th, when Richard Rodriguez allowed two runs in his third inning of relief.

The Tides had only six hits in the game, including two each from Alvarez and Janish. Chance Sisco went 0-for-4, continuing his slow start to the season.

Bowie Baysox 5, Harrisburg Senators (WAS) 4

This was a fun one. Harrisburg had a 2-0 lead through six against starter John Means, but the bats came alive in a four-run bottom of the seventh punctuated by two-run singles from both Audry Perez and Glynn Davis.

Unfortunately, Jesus Liranzo couldn’t hold the lead in the 9th, but the tie game didn’t last for long. After a Cedric Mullins double, Aderlin Rodriguez drove him in with a walk-off base hit.

Every Bowie starter had a hit in this game except for Garabez Rosa. Austin Wynns went 2-for-3, and Cedric Mullins was 1-4 with a double and a walk. He’s carried over his impressive performance from the spring by starting the season with a .486/.526/.914 slash line through eight games.

Frederick Keys 5, Carolina Mudcats (MIL) 3

Cody Sedlock got the ball for the Keys and had a less impressive start than his first outing, but still kept the Keys in the game. He left the game after allowing three runs in five innings, and he only struck out two.

After Sedlock was removed, the bullpen came in and killed it. Christian Turnipseed, Mitch Horacek, Mike Burke, and Luis Gonzalez combined to allow no runs on two hits and strike out six batters the rest of the way. The bulk of that was Turnipseed, who retired eight out of nine batters and struck out four.

Frederick tied the game in the 6th with an RBI triple by Austin Hays followed by an RBI base hit from Ryan Mountcastle. A two-run double by Stuart Levy in the top of the ninth gave them the lead for good.

Hays was 3-for-4 with two triples, keeping his average above .400 on the young season. Yermin Mercedes, a favorite of mine who absolutely murdered single-A pitching to the tune of a .974 OPS last year, was 0-for-3. He’s off to a slow start, going just 3-for-24 so far this year.

Hagerstown Suns (WAS) 12, Delmarva Shorebirds 5

This one got ugly pretty early, as Matthis Dietz was rocked for seven earned runs and couldn’t get out of the third inning. Fransisco Jiminez picked up most of the mop-up duty and allowed four more runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings.

On the offensive side, DH Chris Shaw was 2-for-3, raising his average to .313 on the year. He’s Canadian, too, so with the exchange rate he’s hitting .417. Outfielder Jake Ring, last year’s 31st round pick, was 2-for-4 with two doubles.

Today’s matchups and probable starters

Norfolk vs. Charlotte, 7:05 PM (TBD)

Bowie vs. Harrisburg, 7:05 PM (David Hess)

Frederick @ Carolina, 7:00 PM (Brian Gonzalez)

Delmarva vs. Hagerstown, 7:05 PM (Travis Seabrooke)