Norfolk’s game was rained out last night, but there were four other games on the docket for the Orioles’ affiliates last night. Including the Dominican Summer League squad, the O’s farm teams were outscored 37-9.
Reading Fightin’ Phils 5, Bowie Baysox 4
The Baysox pitching staff allowed only six hits, but they allowed five runs on those hits thanks to some walks and defensive miscues. David Hess pitched into the sixth, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out two.
Lucas Long came in and ended up taking the loss although he didn’t pitch all that badly; the go-ahead run in the sixth (which was unearned) was the only run he allowed in 2.2 innings of work.
Bowie took the lead in the second inning on a two-run homer by Adam Brett Walker, who was just signed on Saturday. Walker is an interesting player, a 25-year-old outfielder/DH with ridiculous power and an equally ridiculous strikeout rate.
Walker hit 27 home runs for the Twins’ triple-A affiliate in 2016, but he also struck out 202 times in 537 plate appearances. That got him released, and he landed in Atlanta. This season he struck out 39 times in 99 plate apperances across two levels before the Braves released him too. Basically, he was meant to be an Oriole.
Cedric Mullins, Stephen Wilkerson, and D.J. Stewart each went 2-4 on the night, and Mullins had the only other Baysox RBI with a sac fly in the fourth. Erick Salcedo had the only extra-base hit of the evening with a fifth-inning double.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3, Frederick Keys 0
Cristian Alvarado has struggled to a 6.79 ERA this year, but he had one of his better starts yesterday. He went 6.1 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk. After pushing a run across with some small ball in the first, Myrtle Beach scored the rest of their runs on a two-run homer in the second.
That was the only big mistake Alvarado made, but it was enough, because the Keys couldn’t get anything going. They scattered seven hits but couldn’t string any together to get on the board. Ryan Mountcastle was the only Key with multiple hits, going 2-4 to bring his OPS back above .900 on the season.
Lakewood BlueClaws 14, Delmarva Shorebirds 1
Zach Muckenhirn was what I will charitably describe as “ineffective” in this game, allowing 12 hits and five walks in four innings of work. He left with a 7-0 defecit, and the bullpen managed to double that. All in all, Lakewood had 21 hits and six walks, which means well over half of their batters reached base in this game.
Delmarva actually had eleven hits of their own, but they struck out eleven times, left eleven runners on base, and went 1-8 with runners in scoring position. That’s not going to get it done, although they could have gone 8-8 with RISP and it wouldn’t have mattered.
The Shorebirds’ lone run scored was in the eighth when they were already down by 14. Gerrion Grim doubled, and then Collin Woody drove him in with a single. Grim, Woody, Cole Billingsley and Chris Clare each had two hits on the night.
Today’s matchups and probable starters
Indianapolis @ Norfolk, 12:05 PM (Doubleheader - Chris Lee & Steve Johnson)
Reading @ Bowie, 6:35 PM (Tanner Scott)
Lynchburg @ Frederick, 7:00 PM (Keegan Akin)
Delmarva @ Lakewood, 7:05 PM (Matthias Dietz)