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Orioles prospects 7/2: Keegan Akin continues to shine

There were six games played in the Orioles system last night. Among the highlights: a Bowie doubleheader, a home run from a former first-round pick and good news from prospects.

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Durham Bulls 6, Norfolk Tides 1

The Tides only collected six hits in Sunday’s loss, though four of them were of the extra-base variety. Pedro Alvarez hit his 17th HR of the season while third baseman Drew Dosch reached base twice with a walk and a triple.

Gabriel Ynoa pitched into the seventh, but he allowed a pair of runs in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. In total, he allowed four earned runs over 6.2 innings, boosting his season ERA to 7.13 in Norfolk. The good news — Logan Verrett tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless ball.

Akron Rubber Ducks 6, Bowie Baysox 1 (Game 1)

This game marked Tanner Scott’s first rough start in a while. He went three innings but allowed three earned, walking three and surrendering four hits. He struck out four though and still holds a season ERA of 1.88, so the worries should be limited, at least for the time being.

Not much to talk about in terms of offense in this game. Even Austin Hays was hitless! The other Austin — catcher Austin Wynns — went 2-3 with a triple and a run scored.

Bowie Baysox 5, Akron Rubber Ducks 2 (Game 2)

Game two went a bit smoother as the offense compiled 13 hits in the seven-inning clash. D.J. Stewart went 2-3 with a HR, Cedric Mullins picked up three hits (including his 12th double of the year) from the leadoff spot, and for those who love all things Austin Hays, the centerfielder doubled and collected an RBI.

On the mound, it was David Hess earning the win. He allowed just two earned runs over six innings, striking out five. Lucas Long notched the save in a scoreless seventh.

Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Frederick Keys 4

The Keys didn’t play poorly on Saturday, rather the team was sunken by disappointing bullpen efforts. Starter Keegan Akin once again put together a brilliant game, tossing five innings of scoreless baseball. He allowed just three hits and didn’t walk a batter, taking his ERA down to 3.51 on the year. Great news from Frederick following the Sedlock news.

Yermin Mercedes was the star of the show in the Keys lineup, going 3-4 with a home run and a pair of RBI. Both Jay Gonzalez and Ryan Mountcastle singled twice at the top of the lineup.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

Delmarva owes much of this win to starter Zach Mickenhirn, whose six innings were somewhat intimidating. He fanned seven over his six innings of work, allowing two runs (one earned) in the win.

Everyone in the starting lineup had a hit except for centerfielder Ryan McKenna. Preston Palmeiro and Jake Ring both doubled, while 22-year-old catcher Daniel Fajardo turned in a 3-4 effort with a pair of extra-base hits. The team was 6-18 with runners in scoring position against Kannapolis’ 1-10 mark in similar situations.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 8, Hudson Valley Renegades 2

This one was another well-rounded game for a lineup in the Orioles system, as Aberdeen collected 10 hits on Sunday that were scattered throughout the one through nine. The most notable line in the box score comes from third baseman Trevor Craport, who reached base all four times he got to the dish — the 11th-round pick from Georgia Tech walked twice and added his first triple of the season.

SS Mason McCoy, the team’s sixth-rounder, doubled and drove in a pair of runs batting ninth.

Starter Nick Vespi tossed five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) and striking out four.

Today’s games

Norfolk vs. Durham, 7:05. Starter: Tyler Wilson

Bowie at Akron, 7:05. Starter: Matthew Grimes

Frederick vs. Lynchburg, 7:00. Starter: Cristian Alvarado

Delmarva at Kannapolis, 7:05. Starter: TBD

Aberdeen at Hudson Valley, 7:05. Starter: Brenan Hanifee