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Orioles prospects 6/18: Austin Hays outdoes himself this time

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Opposing teams were calling the Orioles’ affiliates “Daddy” across every level in what turned into a clean sweep for the organization on Father’s Day.

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Norfolk Tides 4, Louisville (Reds) 3

The Tides went 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position at Harbor Park including this walk-off single off the bat of Mike Yastrzemski.

Norfolk was able to stay in the game thanks to a strong start from Jordan Kipper. The 24-year-old righty gave up more than seven hits for his sixth consecutive start, but completed seven innings allowing only two earned runs.

On offense for the Tides, the aforementioned Mike Yastrzemski had a multi-hit game along with Drew Dosch, Craig Gentry, Logan Schafer, and Pedro Alvarez who is still down in AAA more than two weeks after his opt-out date.

Bowie Baysox 13, New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 7

It was an offensive explosion in Prince George’s County with the Baysox and Fisher Cats combining for 30 hits. The good guys out-hit the opposition 17-to-13 and walked away with a six-run victory.

Batting consecutively in the heart of the Baysox lineup, Garabez Rosa, Aderlin Rodriguez, D.J. Stewart, and Audry Perez all had three-hit games. The foursome combined to knock in nine runs, and score ten.

Starter John Means surrendered three earned runs over five innings to pick up the win for the Baysox. Lucas Long surrendered a run over three innings of relief to pick up the save. Long struck out three and walked none. With his WHIP sitting at only .95 and his ERA at just 1.68, Long may be positioning himself for a call-up in 2017 if the Orioles bullpen continues to struggle.

Frederick Keys 11, Lynchburg (Indians) 5

The Keys jumped on Lynchburg starter Triston McKenzie, tagging him for seven earned runs before chasing him in the top of the second inning. From then on, the Orioles’ Class A affiliate cruised to an easy six-run victory.

Have yourself a day, Austin Hays. Last year’s third-round draft pick entered Sunday on a seven game hit streak and extended it with his best game of the season. Hays went 5-for-5 including two doubles and two homers. He scored four runs and drove in six. Yeah, that’s pretty good.

Ofelky Peralta had it going on for the Keys on the mound. The Orioles’ 16th-ranked prospect may be just 20 years old, but he still spent Fathers Day sonning the entire Lynchburg lineup. He struck out eight over five innings while picking up his first win on the season.

Delmarva Shorebirds 9, Greensboro (Marlins) 2

The Grasshoppers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off of Lucas Humpal before the Shorebirds scored nine unanswered runs to run away with the rubber match of the series. Humpal settled in after the first inning to throw five scoreless and finish with a line of 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.

At the dish, Preston Palmeiro honored his father by going 3-for-5. Just 3,020 hits and 569 homers in the majors before he’s done paying full homage. Jake Ring also had a multi-hit game and is now batting at an impressive .313/.364/.559 split. Last year’s 31st-round draft pick continues to outplay his draft stock to this point in Delmarva.

Complete box scores from Sunday’s games can be found here.

Monday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Durham, 7:05. Starter: Paul Fry
  • Bowie: OFF
  • Frederick: OFF
  • Delmarva: OFF
  • Aberdeen: vs. Hudson Valley, 7:05. Starter: TBD