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Orioles prospects 6/3: Hays, Mountcastle still hot in Frederick

There were two winners and two losers out of the Orioles affiliates on Saturday - and the ones who won were the ones who scored a bunch of runs. Imagine that!

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Chance Sisco was 3-4 for Norfolk on Saturday.
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Norfolk Tides 8, Rochester (Twins) 7

The Tides were ahead comfortably as starting pitcher Chris Lee mostly cruised through five innings and their offense staked them to a 5-1 lead. Things fell apart for Lee as he pitched the sixth, facing four batters and retiring none. All four scored before the inning ended as part of a six-run sixth for the Red Wings.

The Tides answered with a three-run home run off the bat of Chris Dickerson in the bottom of the same inning to retake the lead they had just surrendered. Jimmy Yacabonis, despite allowing three walks, pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings and maybe-soon-to-opt-out Edwin Jackson added a scoreless ninth.

Catcher Chance Sisco was 3-4 with a double and a pair of RBI for Norfolk. One runner stole a base against him... but hey, it was only one!

Altoona (Pirates) 2, Bowie Baysox 0

Bowie out-hit the Curve by an 8-7 margin in the game, but they were only able to get one extra-base hit while Altoona cashed in with two solo home runs. Adrian Marin had the lone XBH for the Baysox with a double. D.J. Stewart was also 1-4 in the game, while recently-promoted infielder Stephen Wilkerson was 2-4 and is now batting .341 through 11 games at the Double-A level.

Although starting pitcher Matthew Grimes took the loss in the game, he held the Curve to just the two runs on six hits and three walks in eight innings pitched. Grimes struck out six batters while lowering his season ERA to 3.63. Better luck next time, Grimey.

Frederick Keys 13, Salem (Red Sox) 3

The Keys jumped all over Salem’s pitchers, plain and simple. They picked up 17 hits in the game and even drew a combined eight walks. Holy mackerel. Add in 6-18 batting with runners in scoring position and that’s a recipe for some serious offense.

Encouraging for the Orioles especially is that their two best prospects at Frederick, Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle, figured prominently in that offense. Mountcastle was 2-5 with a pair of doubles and also drew a walk, while Hays drove in a pair of runs as part of a 4-6 night. Those guys are rocking the Carolina League.

Hickory (Rangers) 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 3

The Shorebirds picked up only five hits in the game, which remains a tough way to win a baseball game. Gerrion Grim drove in two of the three runs with a two-run homer, while Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael, was 1-2 with a pair of walks on the night.

Errors and the lack of offense did in a good outing from starter Zach Muckenhirn, who held the Crawdads to just one earned run - two were unearned - on four hits and a walk over seven innings. Better luck to him next time too.

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

Sunday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs. Rochester, 1:05. Starter: Jayson Aquino
  • Bowie: vs. Altoona, 2:05. Starter: Brandon Barker
  • Frederick: vs. Potomac, 6:00. Starter: TBD
  • Delmarva: vs. Hickory, 2:05. Starter: Matthias Dietz