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Orioles minor league recap 4/11: Delmarva remains undefeated

All four Orioles affiliates were winners on Tuesday night. The Orioles could have used some of that luck. The Delmarva Shorebirds still haven’t lost a game in 2018.

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Norfolk Tides 7, Charlotte (White Sox) 1

The Tides scored their seven runs on just five hits in this game, a fact made all the more peculiar by the fact that they did not hit any home runs and they only went 2-8 in chances with runners in scoring position. Then there was the Orioles with their one run on three hits last night. Baseball is a weird and sometimes horrible game - more horrible for the Knights in this case.

Norfolk pitchers held Charlotte’s batters to just four hits along with four walks. This game happened to be the beginning of the Jimmy Yacabonis starting pitcher experiment. Yacabonis took 53 pitches to get through two innings, in which he allowed a run on two hits and two walks. Four Tides relievers, including spring training star Josh Edgin, combined to finish the game from there.

Bowie Baysox 5, Erie (Tigers) 4

Another game full of late dramatics as the Baysox gave up two runs in the top of the ninth to let the game be tied, only to walk off in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Baysox picked up their five runs on six hits. The big league club could have used some of this. It helped that they got a big three-run homer by Cedric Mullins, his second homer in six games.

Starting pitcher John Means did well, limiting the SeaWolves to two runs on three hits and two walks in 6.1 innings. Means also struck out nine batters. The bullpen later blew his chance at a win. That wasn’t the fault of Luis Gonzalez, another intriguing reliever from spring training, who tossed 1.2 scoreless innings after Means left the game.

Rehabbing big leaguer Mark Trumbo was 0-3 in the contest, drawing one walk.

Frederick Keys 12, Carolina (Brewers) 1

The Keys drew eleven walks in this game! I suspect there are a lot of three-game series where the Orioles don’t draw eleven walks. The Keys also got 12 hits on the night, which is also just about a full series worth for the O’s at this point. Catcher Daniel Fajardo did the most damage, driving in five runs as part of a 3-4 night at the plate.

Overall, the Keys were 8-19 with RISP. The Orioles do not have eight hits with RISP all season (this statement not fact-checked).

A new season began for Keys starter Ofelky Peralta, and it looked a lot like the previous season. He walked four batters in four innings, though he gave up just a run on three hits. Not the ideal beginning for a guy who needs to show command. Maybe next outing will go better. Maryland native Branden Kline held the Mudcats to just one hit in two innings to finish off the game. Kline struck out four batters.

Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Hickory (Rangers) 2

The Shorebirds are now 6-0 to start off their season. They have been helped out by very good pitching, which continued in this game. Last year’s first round pick, DL Hall, pitched a planned three innings, needing just 30 pitches to get that work in. Hall gave up just one hit and walk and struck out two batters.

Piggybacking behind Hall was 2015 seventh rounder Gray Fenter, getting his first taste of full season ball after missing the 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery. Fenter scattered four hits over three innings, allowing one run. He was the game’s winning pitcher.

Delmarva batters needed just seven hits to get the four runs they needed to win the game. When you’re getting such good pitching, that makes it a lot easier. They’ve allowed three or fewer runs in four of the six games played.

Got a favorite prospect who wasn’t mentioned here? Check out the complete box scores from Tuesday’s games here.

Wednesday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs. Charlotte, 12:05. Starter: Tim Melville
  • Bowie: vs. Erie, 6:35. Starter: Jordan “Win One For The” Kipper
  • Frederick: at Carolina, 11:00. Starter: Alex Wells
  • Delmarva: vs. Hickory, 10:35. Starter: Michael Baumann

Something about a baseball game starting at 10:35 seems like it must violate the eighth amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. That’s minor league life for you - though the Orioles themselves are less than a week away from an 11:05am start.