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Orioles minor league recap 4/10: Another Delmarva prospect dazzles

The Shorebirds rotation is full of interesting Orioles pitching prospects. Zac Lowther struck out 13 batters in his 2018 debut. That’ll do.

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Charlotte (White Sox) 4, Norfolk Tides 1

The Tides made like their big league parent club the Orioles on Monday, blowing so many opportunities presented to them. Charlotte issued seven walks to Tides batters in this game and not a single one of them scored. The lone Tides run came when recent minor league signee Michael Saunders hit a home run.

The game was effectively over from the top of the first inning, when Tides starter Jayson Aquino gave up two runs. Aquino gave up three runs in total, two earned, and was pulled after pitching to a batter in the fifth inning. In addition to the runs, Aquino’s line reads five hits, two walks, and three strikeouts.

Bowie Baysox 4, Erie (Tigers) 3 - 11 innings

This game made use of the weird new extra innings rule of a runner starting on second base each half-inning. This looks like it works out as silly as you would think. Both teams collected a run in the tenth inning thanks to the change. The Baysox were able to eventually hold the SeaWolves in the eleventh and grab a walkoff win despite getting only four hits in the whole game.

Through five games of the Double-A season, Austin Hays is sporting a .143 batting average - but hey, he drew a walk today, and that was supposedly what he was sent to the minor leagues to do more.

Baysox starting pitcher Michael Kelly, recently yanked from the 40-man roster, allowed two runs on three hits and four walks in five innings of work in his first outing of the year. He only started the game due to the Orioles suddenly calling Hunter Harvey up to the big leagues. Stacey’s long-lost cousin (not actually her cousin) Lucas Long pitched two innings and struck out four batters.

Carolina (Brewers) 5, Frederick Keys 0

Two errors led to three unearned runs scoring against Keys pitchers, but it didn’t really matter since their batters could not score a run. Unlike the Tides, the Keys had few chances, going just 1-4 with RISP.

The season debut for Brian Gonzalez could have gone better, as he pitched just 4.2 innings - though only one of the three runs against him was earned. Gonzalez gave up four hits and two walks while striking out eight batters. The strikeouts will play, though 93 pitches to go 4.2 will not. Better luck next time.

Delmarva Shorebirds 1, Hickory (Rangers) 0

If you were following these daily recaps over the weekend, you saw the Shorebirds trash the opposition for 32 runs in their previous two games. They did it with great pitching here, holding the Mudcats to just one hit and two walks for the entire game. That’s a good way to make sure that only scoring one run thanks to an error is enough to pull off the win. Delmarva is 5-0 in their young season.

Shorebirds lefty Zac Lowther, making his first start of the year, was simply dazzling, pitching six no-hit innings in which he walked just one batter and struck out 13. Whoa! Lowther was the O’s pick last year when they actually did not trade the competitive balance pick. Just a great start to the season. Looking forward to seeing more from him as the year goes along.

Want to look up your favorite prospect who didn’t get mentioned? Complete box scores from these games can be found here.

Tuesday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs. Charlotte, 6:35. Starter: Jimmy Yacabonis (really)
  • Bowie: vs. Erie, 6:35. Starter: John “The Ends Justify The” Means
  • Frederick: at Carolina, 7:00. Starter: Ofelky Peralta
  • Delmarva: vs. Hickory, 7:05. Starter: DL Hall