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Orioles prospects 8/10: Alex Wells dominates again

Orioles prospect Alex Wells had a great July. On Thursday, he turned in a good August start, too - the biggest highlight on the Orioles farm for the day.

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Norfolk Tides 6, Rochester (Twins) 4 (12 innings)

The Tides scored a run each in the eighth and ninth innings to tie up the game, then grabbed two more in the top of the twelfth to win it. Mike Yastrzemski led off the inning with a triple, one of two hits in the game. Four total hits in that inning plated two runs for the Tides.

In the "here's why these pitchers aren't getting promoted" files, starter Jayson Aquino was lifted after 4.2 innings and 74 pitches thrown with two runs surrendered on five hits and two walks. He was followed by the freshly-bullpened Chris Lee, who gave up five hits in 2.1 innings, with two unearned runs crossing the plate against him.

Harrisburg (Walgreens) 6, Bowie Baysox 3

Well, it can't be a bonkers offensive explosion from the Bowie outfield EVERY night... especially since this game started at 11:05 in the morning. The Baysox picked up all three of their runs on solo home runs, including the first Double-A home run hit by Ryan Mountcastle, but they only had six hits in all.

Baysox pitchers issued eight walks in the game, including three by reliever-used-as-starter Jesus Liranzo, who gave up just one hit in three innings. Unfortunately, the one hit was a home run after he'd walked two guys, so that's three runs on the ledger. Liranzo now has a 5.37 ERA this season.

Winston-Salem (White Sox) 5, Frederick Keys 2

Nothing like looking in the box score and seeing that each team committed three errors to remind you that the Carolina League is a long way from MLB. The Keys had eight hits in the game but only one went for extra bases, and they only had three total at-bats with a runner in scoring position.

Keys starter Ofelky Peralta limited the Dash to just one run in his five innings of work. In keeping with the theme of his season, he walked four batters. Peralta has now walked 75 batters in 92 innings for Frederick this season, and he's hit 12 batters on top of that. Command doesn't come easy for some guys.

Delmarva Shorebirds 2, Lakewood (Phillies) 1

The month of July was near-flawless for Shorebirds starter Alex Wells. His first August start wasn't great, but he got right back to dominance in this game. Wells needed just 63 pitches to get through six innings, and he held the BlueClaws to a run on three hits, without walking a batter. Wells also struck out six batters. The 20-year-old sure seems like he's ready for the next challenge.

Delmarva only had seven hits in the game, but since Lakewood was held to only three, it was enough.

Mahoning Valley (Indians) 5, Aberdeen IronBirds 1

The IronBirds were put in an early hole when the Scrappers picked up two first inning runs. Aberdeen didn't get on the board until the ninth inning. Starter Brenan Hanifee took the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. Hanifee, who struck out six batters, came out with the bases loaded. One of those inherited runners scored.

The O's affiliate was out-hit 12-7, and they were just never able to string together many of their hits at the same time.

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

Friday's Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Rochester, 7:05. Starter: Tyler Wilson
  • Bowie: vs. Portland, 7:05. Starter: Yefry Ramirez
  • Frederick: vs. Potomac, 7:00. Starter: Cristian Alvarado
  • Delmarva: vs. Lakewood, 7:05. Starter: Lucas Humpal
  • Aberdeen: vs. West Virginia, 7:05. Starter: TBD