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Orioles prospects 7/24: Cedric Mullins returns for Bowie

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A night full of solid starting pitching on the Orioles farm led to a number of nice wins, including in Bowie, where Cedric Mullins returned from a hamstring injury.

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Norfolk Tides 3, Scranton/WB (Yankees) 2

Despite three errors in the game, the Tides were able to walk away winners. All three of the Norfolk runs were scored by leadoff man Mike Yastrzemski, back from a short Bowie exile. In his Norfolk return, Yastrzemski was 2-2, with the two hits being a double and a triple. He also drew two walks. Pedro Alvarez was 3-4 and drove in two of the runs.

Starter Alec Asher held the RailRiders to two runs in 5.2 innings, giving up eight hits and two walks. Asher's time in Norfolk has been successful enough - which is more than most of his fellow Norfolk-Baltimore riders can say, especially the rotation candidates.

Bowie Baysox 5, Erie (Tigers) 1

Another affiliate, another good outing from a starting pitcher, with John Means holding the SeaWolves to just one run on six hits and a walk in six innings. That will work! He also struck out six Erie batters. That lowers Means's ERA for the season to 4.24, which he can hopefully improve by season's end.

Cedric Mullins had a triumphant return to the Bowie lineup, going 2-5 with a double in his first game since July 5. Bowie had ten hits in total. Ryan Mountcastle, recently brought up to Bowie, was 1-4 with a double and drove in two runs.

Lynchburg (Indians) 6, Frederick Keys 4

Well, the good pitching couldn't last forever. Starter Keegan Akin had some trouble - at least in the box score - giving up four runs, three earned, in just four innings. The runs scored on five hits and two walks, with Akin throwing 75 pitches while in the game.

Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Rome (Braves) 3

The Shorebirds took it to the Braves for a second straight game. Both teams had eight hits, but Delmarva was able to plate more runs thanks to 4-12 hitting with runners in scoring position. Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael, delivered the big hit and drove in three runs in the game.

Starting pitcher Lucas Humpal deserves some credit for keeping the Braves to just three runs, two earned, on six hits in six innings of work. He only walked one batter. Not a bad night's work.

Brooklyn (Mets) 4, Aberdeen IronBirds 3 (11 innings)

The IronBirds only picked up four hits in eleven innings, which is usually a hard way to win a baseball game. 2017 competitive balance pick Zac Lowther held the Cyclones to a run on five hits in five innings of work. Lowther struck out six batters and walked none. A good effort. In four games since being drafted, Lowther has allowed just two earned runs in 19.1 innings.

Ultimately, an eleventh inning error doomed Aberdeen to the loss. Sleep fast. Their series concludes early on Tuesday.

Complete box scores from Monday's games, including the adventures of the GCL and DSL Orioles, can be found here.

Tuesday's Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs. Scranton/WB, 7:05. Starter: Jayson Aquino
  • Bowie: at Erie, 7:05. Starter: Jesus Liranzo
  • Frederick: at Lynchburg, 6:30. Starter: Ofelky Peralta
  • Delmarva: at Rome, 1:00. Starter: TBD (the site keeps saying Alex Wells even though it's not)
  • Aberdeen: at Brooklyn, 11:30. Starter: A different TBD