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Orioles prospects 5/26: Ryan Mountcastle’s three homer night

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Three of the four Orioles affiliates were winners on Friday, with Frederick enjoying a three home run game from hot-hitting prospect Ryan Mountcastle.

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Norfolk Tides 14, Columbus (Indians) 3

The Tides exploded for nine runs in the fourth inning and cruised to victory from there. They scored 14 runs on 13 hits, which is an impressive level of offense that the big league club could certainly use right now. Chris Dickerson led the way with a 4-6 night and three different Tides drove in three runs apiece. Catcher Chance Sisco was just 1-5 and did not throw out the only runner who took off on him in the game.

Akron (Indians) 10, Bowie Baysox 0

Well, that’s not a pretty outcome, but don’t blame the Baysox entirely, because they had the unfortunate task of facing a Cy Young winner, Corey Kluber, on a rehab start. Kluber gave up just one hit in five innings, and the Baysox only went on to get three more hits in the game.

The Rubber Ducks were 7-11 with runners in scoring position in the game, which is mighty impressive. Starting pitcher John Means gave up four of the runs on seven hits and four walks in six innings of work. It was Jason Garcia who wore the lion’s share of the shame, giving up six runs on six hits in just two-thirds of an inning. Garcia now has a 7.13 ERA on the season. Yowza.

Frederick Keys 9, Buies Creek (Astros) 5

We could all use some good news with the current state of the big league franchise, and shortstop Ryan Mountcastle is here for you. Mountcastle went berserk on Friday night, blasting three home runs in the same game - the second time that a Keys player achieved this feat in the past three games. Awesome. Austin Hays, the last guy to do that, also homered in the game.

Mountcastle now has eleven home runs for the season and is batting .342/.372/.660 through 46 games for Frederick. Still not a full season’s stats, of course, but it’s impressive. Hays hit his ninth homer of the season. Kinda got to start to wonder how much longer these guys will be hanging around Frederick if they keep hitting like that.

Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Lakewood (Phillies) 3 (completed suspended game)

Although the Shorebirds only had five hits, they also drew six walks and were able to capitalize for three runs in the sixth inning to head towards victory. That will work.

Starting pitcher Jhon Peluffo, a deep, deep sleeper of an Orioles pitching prospect, tossed a scoreless four innings, throwing just 63 pitches - they probably are easing him into a larger workload as this was just his first start of the season. Peluffo gave up only two hits in four innings and struck out four Blue Claws batters. Keep an eye on him as the season goes along.

The game had been suspended from Thursday due to fog in the top of the sixth inning.

Lakewood (Phillies) 8, Delmarva Shorebirds 0 (regularly scheduled game)

The Shorebirds again didn’t get very many hits in this game, just four over the whole contest. Added to one walk, they had just five runners all game. A tough way to win.

Another tough way to win is when your team commits five errors. Starting pitcher Alex Wells gave up eight runs in the third inning and not a single one of them was earned because all five of those errors were committed there in that inning. Holy mackerel. That’s brutal.

For complete box scores from Friday’s games, check out here.

Saturday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Columbus, 7:15. Starter: Steve Johnson
  • Bowie: at Akron, 6:35. Starter: David Hess
  • Frederick: vs. Buies Creek, 6:00. Starter: Ofelky Peralta
  • Delmarva: at Lakewood, 4:05. Starter: Lucas Humpal