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Orioles minors recap 4/18: Andrew Susac had a big day for Norfolk

The Tides and Shorebirds both won with offensive outbursts. The Keys and Baysox lineups combined for one run.

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Norfolk Tides 7, Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 4

The Tides made it two wins in a row over the IronPigs on Wednesday night with an impressive offensive showing. Alex Presley and Ruben Tejada each went 2-for-5. But the star of the night was Andrew Susac, who was a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBI and two walks. Garabez Rosa added a solo home run and D.J. Stewart went 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Recent O’s call-up Yefry Ramirez struggled a bit, allowing four runs on four hits, three walks and seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Tanner Scott threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen with two hits and two strikeouts.

Richmond (Giants) 1, Bowie Baysox 0

If you like speedy baseball, then this was the game for you. The Baysox and Flying Squirrels completed nine innings in a brisk hour and 58 minutes.

Jordan Kipper tossed all eight innings for Bowie and allowed just one run on six hits and three strikeouts. The one run came on a solo home run from Luigi Rodriguez, who was the only guy on either team to get on base more than once.

Corban Joseph and Adrian Marin had a double each. Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays combined to go 2-for-8 with three strikeouts. The Baysox’s two other hits came from Aderlin Rodriguez and Mike Yastrzemski.

Lynchburg (Indians) 4, Frederick Keys 1

It was a very Orioles-like performance from the Keys in this loss. They only registered three hits all day, two of which came in their run-scoring fifth inning. Ryan McKenna, Randolph Gassaway and Jake Ring were the three Keys to get on base via a hit. Jomar Reyes and Alejandro Juvier had a walk apiece.

Venezuelan right-hander Cristian Alvarado tossed a “quality start” for Frederick. In his six innings pitched, he gave up three runs on eight hits, two walks, two strikeouts and a home run, bringing his season ERA to 3.12.

Other notes: Steven Klimek was good again out of the ‘pen. Through nine innings this year, he is yet to allow an earned run and has struck out 11 batters. On the negative side, the Keys had three errors, one each to Reyes, Ring and Juvier.

Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Hagerstown (Walgreens) 4

The Salisbury boys have now won three in a row and sit at 11-2 on the season, the best record in the entire South Atlantic League.

Michael Baumann started for Delmarva, but he wouldn’t figure in the decision. Over five innings, he allowed two runs on three hits, four walks and five strikeouts. The O’s 15th-rated prospect now has a season ERA of 1.69 over his first three starts.

The bats were the star of the day. T.J. Nichting, Ben Breazeale, Seamus Curran, Ryan Ripken and Mason McCoy all registered two hits. Nichting, Breazeale and Trevor Craport had two RBI each. The Shorebirds put up a four spot in the top of the ninth inning to clinch yet another W.

Full box scores for all of the O’s minors here.

Thursday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: OFF
  • Bowie: at Richmond, 10:35 a.m. ET, Starter: LHP Keegan Akin (0-2, 7.00 ERA)
  • Frederick: vs Wilmington (Royals), 7 p.m. ET, Starter: RHP Cody Sedlock (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
  • Delmarva: vs Lakewood (Phillies), 7:05 p.m. ET, Starter: LHP Cameron Bishop (1-1, 2.08 ERA)

Three of the Orioles top 16 prospects will be pitching on the same day. Bishop is starting to look like a steal as a 26th-round selection in last summer’s draft. Akin is still finding his footing at a new level. Sedlock continues to struggle at High-A in his second season with the Keys.