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Orioles prospects 9/7: Playoff baseball, Aberdeen plays two

Three affiliates were in action on Thursday, two playing in postseason action with another taking the field for 14 innings of total baseball.

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Altoona Curve 2, Bowie Baysox 0

This game was the first of the series after Wednesday’s matchup was postponed due to rain. And similar to the weather earlier in the week, there’s not much brightness to emerge here.

Baysox starter David Hess pitched 6.2 innings and allowed just two runs, but there was not a single bit of momentum from the lineup in this one. That’s what happens when you remove Austin Hays from the roster. Bowie’s only hit came from leadoff man Cedric Mullins, who went 1-3 with a single. The only two baserunners came via walks, Garabez Rosa and Steve Wilkerson collecting those.

Altoona starter Mitch Keller worked all nine innings, obviously pitching a shutout — he struck out four in the series-opening win.

Frederick Keys 10, Lynchburg Hillcats 9

Another series opener, a very different result.

This game had a little bit of everything, including several late-inning lead changes. With the Keys up 5-4 heading into the top of the eighth, everything went downhill when Jefri Hernandez entered in relief. Courtesy of three hits, two walks and a pair of fielding errors, the Hillcats posted five unearned runs in the frame, putting the game at 9-4 and seemingly wrapping up the first win.

But obviously, the tide turned just a bit. The Keys scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, a huge inning capped by back-to-back singles from Randolph Gassaway and Jake Ring, driving in the tying and winning runs respectively.

Cristian Alvarado went five innings of three-run ball, but that was far from the deciding factor in this game. Almost everyone in the Frederick lineup got in on the run-scoring (seven of nine starters crossed the dish) and the Keys now head to Lynchburg with the early edge.

Hudson Valley Renegades 2, Aberdeen Ironbirds 1 (Game 1, F/7)

The two teams combined for four hits in seven full innings, so that tells you almost everything you need to know here. It was a pitchers’ duel.

Michael Baumann went two innings and struck out six, while Zac Lowther wrapped up the game for Aberdeen with six innings of perfect baseball and nine strikeouts! 15 of the 18 outs were not balls in play. That’s not a bad day on the mound.

Will Robertson collected Aberdeen’s lone RBI.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 10, Hudson Valley Renegades 3 (Game 2, F/7)

Here’s a better result to end the recap!

Kirvin Moesquit (2-4, three runs), Garrett Copeland (2-4, 3 RBI, triple) and Trevor Craport (2-2, RBI) combined for a pretty great top third of the lineup in this second game, to say the least.

On the hill, more great news from former UC Irvine standout Cameron Bishop. He fanned four in three scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk. He’s certainly a name to track throughout the offseason into 2018.

Today’s games

Bowie vs. Altoona, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Tanner Scott

Frederick at Lynchburg, 6:30 p.m. Starter: Brian Gonzalez