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Orioles prospects 4/27: A Norfolk doubleheader and a Chris Tillman rehab start

Chris Tillman struggled in Frederick and the affiliates combined to score just five runs in 36 innings of play. It wasn’t the best Thursday in the Orioles minor-league system.

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Buffalo Bison 3, Norfolk Tides 0 (Game 1, F/7)

Norfolk tallied just three hits in this game, so there’s not much to speak of on the offensive side. 1B David Washington went 2-2 with a double, boosting his season average to .259. Chance Sisco went 0-3 with a strikeout.

Mike Wright got the nod in the first game of the doubleheader, working into the sixth inning with just two runs allowed. He did walk four and allow seven hits (four for extra-bases), so it wasn’t exactly a successful outing. Wright’s season ERA is now 5.79 through 23.1 innings.

Norfolk Tides 2, Buffalo Bison 1 (Game 2, F/7)

There wasn’t much offensive production in this one either, but a win’s a win! Johnny Giavotella and Robert Andino had multi-hit games, with the former hitting his seventh double of the season.

Steve Johnson — yes, that Steve Johnson — tossed 3.1 innings, giving up just one run while striking out four. Stefan Crichton picked up the win as he threw an inning and two thirds of scoreless ball. Jimmy Yacabonis notched his third save with yet another scoreless frame.

Potomac Nationals 7, Frederick Keys 1

The Keys scattered six hits on the night, with SS Ryan Mountcastle going 2-4 with a pair of singles and a run scored. Super-prospect (to some of us) Austin Hays doubled, as did Randolph Gassaway. Those two have season averages of .350 and .314 respectively.

Chris Tillman struggled in his rehab start, so we’ll go with the narrative that numbers don’t matter in these types of outings. He allowed eight hits and six runs (four earned) in five innings, striking out just a pair of Potomac batters.

Delmarva Shorebirds 2, Charleston Riverdogs 1 (F/13)

This one was a marathon with just three total runs, so there were plenty of sparse stat lines on the offensive side. SS Chris Clare was the only Shorebird with a multi-hit game — he had a pair of singles with a walk and a run scored. Outfielder Jake Ring reached base twice, and 2016 draft pick Cole Billingsley notched a single and a pair of walks.

Starter Francisco Jimenez didn't allow a hit in his six innings of work, walking just one and striking out five. His season ERA is at 2.12 through four starts. The leader of the Camden Chat All-Name Team Zeke McGranahan tossed three scoreless innings, notable because of how great that name sounds when spoken aloud like a P.A. announcer.