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Orioles prospects 6/15: Pitching prospects Akin, Lee shine

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It was a rough night for the Tides in triple-A, but there were a few encouraging pitching performances on Thursday.

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Indianapolis Indians 2, Norfolk Tides 1 (Game 1)

Not much to talk about regarding the Norfolk offense in this one. Chance Sisco did collect a pair of hits, but the bad news is that those were the only two hits of the seven-inning game. Craig Gentry walked twice, Paul Janish walked once. Not a great performance.

Chris Lee performed rather well in six innings — he allowed just four hits and a run, walking none and striking out five. He lowered his season ERA to 5.80... baby steps!

Indianapolis Indians 4, Norfolk Tides 3 (Game 2)

Drew Dosch was the star of this one on offense, hitting a home run and adding a single. Both Luis Sardinas and Johnny Giavotella singled twice, while Pedro Alvarez reached twice with a walk and single.

Steve Johnson and Paul Fry combined to pitch the first four innings, allowing three runs over six hits. They both have season ERAs over 6.00, so that tells you just about all you need to know.

Reading Fightin Phils 8, Bowie Baysox 7

There’s good news and bad news about starter Tanner Scott’s start. The good news — he didn’t allow a run and scattered three hits over his trio of innings. The bad news is that he walked three, which isn’t ideal though far from his worst night of work. So, overall, more good than bad.

The Baysox lineup combined for 17 hits, so pick your favorite Bowie hitter and he probably had a pretty decent night on Thursday. Cedric Mullins, Steve Wilkerson, Garabez Rosa, Erick Salcedo and Adam Walker all had multi-hit nights. Walker had five hits, including a HR and two doubles.

Frederick Keys 3, Lynchburg Hillcats 1

Both Randolph Gassaway and Ryan Mountcastle went hitless on the night, but Austin Hays singled to keep us from the top three prospects combining for nothing on the night. 1B Alex Murphy hit a two-run HR in the fifth that would be enough for Frederick — he’s hitting just .220 on the season.

Starter Keegan Akin seemed to have his best stuff on Thursday, tossing five innings of scoreless ball to take his season ERA down to 4.55. It’s nice to see one of the 2016 pitching selections surging as the weather heats up.

Lakewood BlueClaws 8, Delmarva Shorebirds 3

The Shorebirds offense only collected seven hits in this one — all singles. SS Chris Clare went 2-4, as did second baseman Frank Crinella. Jake Ring went 1-3 to raise his season average to .307.

Starter Matthias Dietz went only five innings, allowing four runs with just two of them earned. He surrendered six hits, but didn’t walk any and struck out three.

Today’s games

Norfolk vs. Louisville, 7:05. Starter: Jayson Aquino

Bowie vs. New Hampshire, 7:05. Starter: Matthew Grimes

Frederick vs. Lynchburg, 7:00. Starter: TBD

Delmarva at Greensboro, 7:00. Starter: Jhon Peluffo