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Orioles prospects 8/21: Alex Wells is marvelous again

Four Orioles affiliates were in action on Monday night. Three of them lost and only one scored more than two runs. On the bright side, Alex Wells was good again.

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Charlotte (White Sox) 4, Norfolk Tides 2

Despite out-hitting the Knights by a 10-4 margin, the Tides were losers in the game. They went 3-13 with RISP and still managed to score only two runs, and they left 11 men on base. Sometimes that's just the way it goes.

Starting pitcher Jayson Aquino ran into trouble in the fifth inning, giving up two different two-run home runs. These were the only runs the Knights scored in the game.

Rehabbing big leaguer J.J. Hardy was 0-3 at the plate, though he did draw one walk.

Reading (Phillies) 5, Bowie Baysox 0

Not much to say about this one. The Baysox got just three hits. One of those three hits was from D.J. Stewart, who was actually on base three times in the game, drawing a pair of walks in addition to the double he hit. Stewart has now drawn 57 walks in 113 games, continuing his path back towards being a possibly real prospect.

Frederick Keys - OFF

Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Lakewood (Phillies) 3

Your favorite Australian lefty and mine, Alex Wells, fired off another quality start in this game. In 81 pitches, Wells plowed through six innings against the BlueClaws, holding them to two runs on five hits. Wells did not walk a batter and struck out three. He has walked just ten batters in 136 innings. Holy mackerel.

Delmarva was able to win the game for Wells thanks to a three-run seventh inning. They didn't have many scoring chances, and actually got out-hit by Lakewood, 8-7, but they made it count. Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael, had a pair of hits in the game.

Hudson Valley (Rays) 4, Aberdeen IronBirds 2

The IronBirds bullpen gave up three runs in the seventh inning or later and that was just too much to overcome - especially since their offense got just six hits.

Bad news for Aberdeen overall, but starting pitcher Zac Lowther, this year's competitive balance pick, had a great night, holding the Renegades to just a run on two hits and a walk in his six innings of work. Lowther, 21, struck out seven batters. He now has a 1.19 ERA over nine starts since going pro and a sub-1.00 WHIP.

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. Charlotte, 7:05. Starter: Tyler Wilson
  • Bowie: vs. Reading, 7:05. Starter: Yefry Ramirez
  • Frederick: vs. Wilmington, 7:00. Starter: Matthew Grimes
  • Delmarva: vs. Hickory, 7:05 Starter: TBD
  • Aberdeen: vs. Staten Island, 7:05. Starter: A different TBD