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Orioles minors recap 4/12: Another day raving about Delmarva pitching

The minor league season is one week old and the Delmarva Shorebirds still haven’t lost. Three of the four Orioles affiliates were winners on Wednesday.

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Norfolk Tides 4, Charlotte (White Sox) 3 - 11 innings

It took extra frames for Norfolk and Charlotte to settle the contest, and despite the new minor league extra inning rule where a runner begins on second base every half-inning, it wasn’t until the bottom of the 11th that the tie was broken, with Garabez Rosa delivering a walkoff single.

Though the Tides only got six hits, they were still able to generate enough offense to win, in part thanks to five walks. Meanwhile, Tides pitchers pitched up 16 strikeouts. That included six from starter Tim Melville, who gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in four innings, three from Tanner Scott, and four from Donnie Hart. Scott did not walk a batter in his two innings - a minor miracle.

Recently-signed outfielder Michael Saunders was 0-2 but drew three walks. Joey Rickard was 0-3 but walked twice and stole his first base of the season.

Bowie Baysox 5, Erie (Tigers) 4

Austin Hays hit his second home run of the year to tie the game in the eighth and Erick Salcedo delivered a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth to avoid extra innings and give the Baysox a 5-2 record to start off the season. Earlier in the game, Mike Yastrzemski blasted a three-run home run. He later scored the winning run on that Salcedo single.

Baysox starter Jordan Kipper wasn’t great, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks in just 3.2 innings of work. Thanks to 3-8 hitting with runners in scoring position, the Baysox offense was able to overcome that. A trio of relievers, including Maryland’s own Ryan Meisinger, combined to give up just a run in 5.1 innings - that helped too. Meisinger struck out four batters in 2.1 perfect innings.

Carolina (Brewers) 3, Frederick Keys 2

There is a special kind of sloppiness that one can occasionally find in A-ball in games that start at 11:00am. It was on display in this game. The Keys committed five errors, while the Mudcats added another two, with just one run between both teams being unearned. Frederick batters actually out-hit Carolina, 5-3. Three of the five hits came from center fielder Ryan McKenna.

Though the Keys didn’t win the game, the lefty Australian pitching prospect, Alex Wells, continued a good start to his Carolina League career, tossing six innings in which he gave up just one unearned run on two hits and a walk, with five strikeouts. The more good games he has at this level this year, the more excited about him I will be.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Hickory (Rangers) 1

That’s seven wins in a row to start the season for the Shorebirds. They continue to do it with great pitching. Last year’s third round pick, righty Michael Baumann, followed up on a great debut start with another fantastic outing, giving up just a run on three hits and two walks over six innings of work, striking out nine batters. That’s 19 strikeouts in 11 innings so far for Baumann. Delmarva’s a long way from MLB, but dang.

Shorebirds second baseman Kirvin Moesquit drove in three of the five runs with a 3-4 game that included his first home run of the year. He also stole two bases and now has six in as many games. “Jolly lumberjack” Seamus Curran was 2-3 with a walk and is batting .333 so far on the season.

Got a favorite prospect who didn’t get mentioned here? Check out the complete box scores from the games to see how he did.

Thursday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Syracuse, 5:35. Starter: Asher Wojciechowski
  • Bowie: OFF
  • Frederick: vs. Potomac, 7:00. Starter: Cristian Alvarado
  • Delmarva: at Lakewood, 6:35. Starter: Cameron Bishop