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Orioles prospects 7/23: The Wells scoreless streak is still going

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Aussie lefty Alex Wells now has 30 straight scoreless innings for Delmarva. Good stuff. Less good for the Orioles: Austin Hays needed 10 stitches after a foul ball off his face.

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Norfolk Tides 3, Pawtucket (Red Sox) 0

Hold on, Orioles affiliates are allowed to shut out teams? Yes, it’s true. Gabriel Ynoa led the way, scattering seven hits and two walks over 5.1 innings, followed by 1.2 innings of relief from Matt Wotherspoon - acquired in one of the recent international slot money dumps - and two innings from Jimmy Yacabonis.

Three solo home runs accounted for all of the Norfolk run-scoring. Two of the three were hit by Chris Johnson, son of Norfolk manager Ron Johnson. The younger Johnson also walked twice in the game.

Altoona (Phillies) 5, Bowie Baysox 3

From the department of Orioles Fans Aren’t Allowed To Have Nice Things, outfield prospect Austin Hays fouled a ball off of his face in this game and had to receive ten stitches. He was well enough to tweet about it afterwards, so hopefully Hays doesn’t have any other lingering effects from the accident.

As for the rest of the game, two unearned runs scored in a game where the Baysox committed two errors, which proved to be the difference. Starting pitcher David Hess was charged with all five runs, with only three being earned, while allowing ten hits and a walk over five innings.

Cedric Mullins made a return to the Bowie lineup. He was 1-5. Fellow outfielder DJ Stewart was 1-2 and drew three walks. Yes, three! He’s up to a .363 OBP in 90 games at Bowie. Hays was 0-4 before the unfortunate foul ball, while recently-prompted Ryan Mountcastle went 1-3 and also drew a walk.

Frederick Keys 4, Wilmington (Royals) 3 (Game 1 - 7 innings)

After a Saturday rainout, Frederick played two on Sunday. Remember, in the minor leagues, doubleheaders have seven inning games as the regulation play for a game.

As baseball games go, the Keys fans who showed up got a thriller: They scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win it. It was all the more impressive because they only got three hits all game.

As a development exercise for the Orioles franchise, things didn’t go so great. Top pitching prospect Cody Sedlock, who hadn’t pitched since June 26 due to a forearm injury, was in action and gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in just 1.2 innings. We can only hope that was rust and not the injury lingering.

Frederick Keys 2, Wilmington (Royals) 1 (Game 2 - 7 innings)

With both Hays and Mountcastle having gotten promotions to Bowie, that about did it for the Keys having interesting prospects. There is still Randolph Gassaway, who added a 2-3 game to his season total. He’s batting over .300 for the season for the Keys.

Starting pitcher Brian Gonzalez had an early season Wade Miley kind of game, holding the Blue Rocks to just a run in six innings, although he gave up five hits and four walks.

Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Rome (Braves) 0

The Shorebirds got 19 hits to Rome’s four and scored in seven of the nine innings of the game. I think it’s safe to say they were the better team on this day.

Most impressive thing here is that the scoreless streak of Australian lefty Alex Wells stretched out to 30 innings and is still running. Wells held the Braves to just one hit in six innings, striking out five batters in the process. I like that guy.

Multi-hit games were all over for Delmarva batters. Shorebirds All-Star Jake Ring was 5-6 with three runs driven in. Outfielder Ryan McKenna had a 4-4 day, scoring two runs and stealing a base, while Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael, was 2-5 and also drew a walk.

Aberdeen IronBirds 10, Brooklyn (Mets) 7

This looks like it was a positively wild one, with the two teams combining for 29 hits and 17 runs. The Shorebirds had to recover from giving up six runs to the Cyclones in the fourth inning. They were able to do so. Starting pitcher Tobias Myers, however, was unable to get an out in the fourth despite pitching to seven batters. And that’s how you end up with seven runs allowed in three-plus innings.

Multi-hit games were also all over for the Aberdeen batters. Early standout Ben Breazeale continued his torrid pace, driving in four runs with a 3-6 day. Ryan Ripken, nephew of Billy, was also 3-6, though he only drove in one run. Outfielders Markel Jones and Jaylen Ferguson picked up three-hit games as well.

Complete box scores from Sunday’s games, not including the adventures of the GCL and DSL Orioles because they’re off on Sundays, can be found here.

Monday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs. Scranton/WB, 7:05. Starter: Alec Asher
  • Bowie: at Erie, 7:05. Starter: John “The Ends Justify The” Means
  • Frederick: at Lynchburg, 6:30. Starter: Keegan Akin
  • Delmarva: at Rome, 7:00. Starter: TBD
  • Aberdeen: at Brooklyn, 7:00. Starter: A different TBD