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Orioles minor league recap 4/15: Late drama in a Bowie win

The Orioles lost on Saturday and so did most of their minor league affiliates. Delmarva still pitched well, but without much offense, they were in the loss column.

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Syracuse (Walgreens) 6, Norfolk Tides 1

The Tides only got three hits in the game and they committed three errors as well. That’s a good way to lose. The errors led to two unearned runs, but the real reason they lost is that starter Jayson Aquino ran into trouble in the sixth inning, facing four batters in the inning and getting none out.

Tanner Scott relieved Aquino and gave up a hit and two walks in the inning. He also allowed a wild pitch, so it was a very Tanner Scott inning. No runs were charged to him, though.

Bowie Baysox 15, Harrisburg (Walgreens) 6

The Orioles finally let Hunter Harvey pitch this season! They eased him into action with two innings of work. Though he gave up just two hits, Harvey surrendered a run after a batter hit a single and stole second base as well as third base before being driven in. Hard to tell from looking at a box score if the bases were stolen off the pitcher or off of the catcher, but the Senators stole two more bases after Harvey left the game.

It took a tying run in the ninth inning for the Baysox to send the game into extra frames, after which they just blew things open. First baseman Corban Joseph, brother of Caleb, was responsible for a whole lot of the Baysox offense, going 5-6 with five runs driven in. Whoa!

Also having a good day was outfield prospect Cedric Mullins, who hit his third homer of the young Bowie season as part of a 2-5 day that included a walk and three runs batted in. I have consulted my manual and it turns out that hitting three home runs in nine games is Good.

Potomac (Walgreens) 6, Frederick Keys 2

The P-Nats knocked off the Keys despite getting only one chance with a runner in scoring position in the whole game. Six runs on eight hits and zero walks is pretty good efficiency indeed. A pair of third inning home runs off of Keys starter Lucas Humpal accounted for three of the six Potomac runs. The other three were also charged to Humpal, though he was able to complete seven innings and only threw 83 pitches in doing so.

At the plate, Keys batters managed just five hits. That included a solo home run by Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael, the first of the season for the younger Palmeiro, who was, strangely enough, playing second base in this game. He is batting .333/.381/.461 through ten games.

Lakewood (Phillies) 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 1

Although they lost the game, the Shorebirds have continued their impressive pattern of not allowing many runs. Through ten games, they’ve held opposing teams to three or fewer runs eight separate times. Starter Brenan Hanifee took the loss, although he gave up just two runs on seven hits over six innings of work. A pair of solo home runs did him in.

The Shorebirds also managed to collect just five hits. They still led to a lot of scoring chances. The hitters just mostly were not able to capitalize, going 1-13 with runners in scoring position, and the lone run that they scored resulted from an error. Ryan Ripken, nephew of Billy, was 1-3 in the game and also drew a walk.

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

Sunday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Syracuse, 1:05. Starter: David Hess
  • Bowie: at Harrisburg, 1:30. Starter: Michael Kelly
  • Frederick: vs. Potomac, 2:00. Starter: Brian Gonzalez
  • Delmarva: at Lakewood, 1:05. Starter: Zac Lowther

Hess was supposed to start on Saturday, but apparently Buck Showalter did not want Hess and Harvey to be on turn to start on the same day. I do not understand the Orioles sometimes. After two straight games of Orioles starters not getting past the fourth inning, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Hess arrive with the big club instead of making this start. I said something similar about him yesterday and it didn’t happen, though.