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Orioles prospects 8/4: The Alex Wells scoreless streak ends

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There was a fair bit of drama in the Orioles affiliates on Friday, with two teams going ahead in the last inning. For Delmarva, the Alex Wells scoreless streak finally ended.

St Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Norfolk Tides 4, Durham (Rays) 3 (10 innings)

Old friend Chaz Roe pitched for the Bulls, facing two batters in the tenth inning. Both got hits and Roe took the loss.

Earlier in the game, Norfolk starter Alec Asher gave up three runs in six innings, allowing eight hits and a walk while picking up six strikeouts. Not bad. For the Bulls, Marylander Adam Kolarek tossed 1.2 scoreless innings.

Four different Tides had multi-hit games, including third baseman Drew Dosch, who had a pair of doubles in five at-bats. Dosch had the walkoff hit in the tenth inning. Catcher Chance Sisco hit his fourth home run of the season, and possibly more importantly, threw out the only runner who attempted to steal a base on him.

Portland (Red Sox) 9, Bowie Baysox 5

The Baysox were leading this game, 5-4, headed into the eighth inning, but they made like the Orioles and gave up four runs and then went on to lose. It wasn’t a grand slam that did them in, just a lot of walks.

Starting pitcher Jesus Liranzo, who has been on the Tanner Scott three inning plan, gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in three innings. Both runs scored on home runs. Liranzo also struck out five Sea Dogs batters.

There was good and bad news offensively for Bowie. Let’s start with the good. Austin Hays continued his hot hitting at this level, going 2-5 with a double. Fellow outfielder DJ Stewart one-upped Hays, 2-5 with a double AND a home run. That was Stewart’s 14th home run of the season. Rehabbing big leaguer Ryan Flaherty went 2-4 and drew a walk.

On second thought, let’s just skip the bad.

Frederick Keys 5, Wilmington (Royals) 0

One good way to win a baseball game is to get 15 hits. Another good way is to give up zero runs. Frederick combined both of these things on Friday night. They left 14 men on base and it didn’t even matter.

Starter Keegan Akin got things started with four shutout innings. I’m not sure why he came out of the game after having thrown only 69 pitches. Akin gave up four hits and two walks and struck out two batters. Luis Gonzalez added three innings and Tanner Chleborad pitched two to complete the strikeout.

Third baseman Jomar Reyes was back in action for the first time since April, when he punched a concrete wall and landed on the disabled list. Reyes was 2-4 and drove in a run. Hopefully he can finish the season strong and it won’t be a total lost year.

West Virginia (Pirates) 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 1

In contrast to the above, a good way to lose a game is to get only two hits.

The biggest thing that happened here is that Alex Wells finally had his scoreless streak come to an end. He didn’t give up any earned runs in July. The Power tagged him for four earned runs in five innings. All four runs scored on two first inning home runs. Wells gave up seven hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out five.

Aberdeen IronBirds 5, Staten Island (Yankees) 4

Although they left eleven men on base and went only 3-16 with RISP in the game, the IronBirds were able to pick up a ninth inning run to break a tie and pick up the win. Four different Aberdeen batters had multi-hit games, with shortstop Mason McCoy, this year’s sixth round pick, going 3-5 and driving in the go-ahead run.

Complete box scores from Friday’s games, including the successful debut of first round pick DL Hall for the GCL Orioles, can be found here.

Saturday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs. Durham, 7:05. Starter: Jayson Aquino
  • Bowie: at Portland, 6:00. Starter: Yefry Ramirez
  • Frederick: at Wilmington, 7:05. Starter: Ofelky Peralta
  • Delmarva: at West Virginia, 6:05. Starter: Lucas Humpal
  • Aberdeen: at Tri-City, 7:00. Starter: TBD