clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Orioles prospects 9/3: Pitching fuels a night of victories

The Orioles’ affiliates got some strong starting pitching throughout the organization

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte (White Sox) 4, Norfolk Tides 3

Turns out some of the Orioles’ struggles with runners in scoring position have trickled down to the AAA team in Norfolk. The Tides went 0-for-9 in their chances on Sunday as they dropped the third game of their four-game series with the last place Knights.

Jason Wheeler took the bump for the Tides and quickly gave up three runs in the first frame before settling down. The 26-year-old lefty finished with a final line of four earned runs on nine hits through six innings. He walked one and struck out one. On offense, the Tides did all of their damage via the solo home run. That sounds a lot like the big league squad as well. David Washington took the Knights deep twice and Francisco Pena added a long ball of his own.

Richmond (Giants) 6, Bowie Baysox 5 (F/7)

Game 1 of the doubleheader was a wild one in Richmond. The Baysox took the lead in the top of the sixth inning, lost it in the bottom half of the frame, and then tied it back up in the top of the seventh inning. All before losing the game on a Flying Squirrels walk-off in the bottom of the seventh.

To no one’s surprise, the Baysox were led on offense by Austin Hays, once again. Hays went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI’s. Ryan Mountcastle also added a double of his own to increase his hit streak in Bowie to 10 games.

Lucas Long got the start in Game 1 and surrendered four earned runs through five and two thirds. It wasn’t the best result, but he only allowed four hits and struck out four. A walk came back to hurt him in the first inning, and reliever Paul Fry let an inherited runner score in the sixth to add another run to Long’s final line.

Bowie Baysox 1, Richmond (Giants) 0 (F/7)

Hopefully there weren’t many fans in Richmond that chose to only attend Game 2 at The Diamond. While Game 1 had some excitement, Game 2 certainly did not. The Baysox scored the lone run of the game on an unearned run in the third inning.

If it wasn’t already clear, the Baysox lineup posted a lot of zeroes. Catcher Audry Perez had the lone multi-hit game for Bowie, going 2-for-2 with a double. Former Clemson Tiger Steve Wilkerson also added a double as he prepares for his Arizona Fall League debut next month. He’s someone the Orioles front office clearly has their eye on going forward as a super utility type.

The Baysox shutout was a three-man effort with Tanner Scott starting the game. He only went two innings this time, but struck out four. He also walked two batters, as is tradition, but neither came back to hurt him. After Scott, Jesus Liranzo pitched four scoreless innings of relief, and Scott McGough closed it out with a scoreless inning of his own.

Frederick Keys 10, Potomac (Nationals) 4 (F/7)

The Keys also played a double header thanks to the storms that blew through Virginia on Saturday. They started off Game 1 hot out of the gates, tagging Potomac starter Taylor Guilbeau for 8 ER in the game’s first inning and a third.

The Keys got two-hit performances from Brallan Perez, Armando Araiza, and Randolph Gassaway. Gassaway’s two hits included a double and his fifth home run. Jake Ring also added a home run of his own in his first game playing for Frederick following his promotion from Delmarva.

Frederick Keys 2, Potomac (Nationals) 0 (F/7)

The Keys only tallied three hits, all singles, in Game 2 of the doubleheader, but boy did they make them count. Glynn Davis, Armando Araiza, and Jomar Reyes hit back-to-back-to-back singles to kick off the second inning, with Davis and Araiza coming around to score in the inning. And that was it for the Keys’ offense in Game 2.

Matthew Grimes went five strong innings, holding the Potomac Nats scoreless on five hits. The former 18th-round pick out of Georgia Tech struck out four and walked none to pick up his first win down in Frederick. Luis Gonzalez and Mike Burke shut the door in the sixth and seventh innings, each posting 1-2-3 innings with a strikeout.

Delmarva Shorebirds 3, West Virginia (Pirates) 1

Cody Dube got his first start for Delmarva since late April and sparked up a nice one for the Shorebirds. Last year’s 10th-round pick went five innings, surrendering one earned run on six hits while striking out four. Francisco Jimenez took over in the sixth and tossed three scoreless innings, striking out three. Most importantly for the young righty, he didn’t walk a batter.

Thanks to three errors committed by West Virginia, the Shorebirds only had a single RBI off the bat of #9 hitter Daniel Farjado. The only multi-hit afternoon went to right fielder Gerrion Grim who went 2-for-4.

Aberdeen IronBirds 2, Staten Island (Yankees) 1

The IronBirds continued the Sunday trend of low scoring victories thanks to some more strong pitching and timely hitting. Recent 20th-round draft pick Scott Burke struck out seven and walked none over six strong innings. The 23-year-old out of UCLA scattered six hits and actually raised his ERA to 1.35. So far, so good for the righty’s first taste of professional ball.

The offense strung together three hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to score their only two runs on the afternoon. The top five batters in the order all had one hit a piece to account for all of Aberdeen’s five hits.

Complete box scores from Sunday’s games can be found here.

Monday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Charlotte, 2:05. Starter: Brandon Barker
  • Bowie: at Richmond, 12:05. Starter: Jordan Kipper
  • Frederick: vs. Potomac, 2:00. Starter: Ofelky Peralta
  • Delmarva: vs. West Virginia, 2:05. Starter: TBD
  • Aberdeen: vs. Staten Island, 1:05. Starter: TBD