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Orioles minors recap 4/26: Cedric Mullins homers, Keegan Akin impressive in Bowie win

Norfolk split their doubleheader, Frederick got swept in theirs, and Delmarva got back to winning.

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Game 1: Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 9, Norfolk Tides 8

This was not the finest showing for either team’s pitching staff. Yefry Ramirez started for Norfolk, but he didn’t last too long (3.1 innings, seven hits, three walks, three strikeouts and six runs). Donnie Hart delivered a scoreless inning out of the bullpen, but Jhan Marinez blew the save in the top of the seventh inning.

Alex Presley had an impressive showing at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Garabez Rosa added two hits and four RBI. Michael Saunders walked three times, and Joey Rickard racked up a double and two RBI.

Game 2: Tides 5, Lehigh Valley 0

The pitching staff rebounded in the second game of the day. Tim Melville tossed 5.1 scoreless innings while allowing four hits, two walks and striking out three. Matt Wotherspoon finished things off with 1.2 perfect frames.

Every Norfolk hitter had at least one hit except for Engelb Vielma, who took an 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Andrew Susac continued his hot start to the season with a three-run homer in the first inning. Jaycob Brugman had a 2-for-3 performance.

Bowie Baysox 3, Richmond (Giants) 2

Cedric Mullins went deep and he doubled to lead the Bowie offense. Austin Hays also had a two-hit day, including a double, and he scored a run. Aderlin Rodriguez and Erick Salcedo finished with an RBI each.

Keegan Akin was impressive on the mound. The southpaw delivered six innings and didn’t allow a run while giving up three hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Ryan Meisinger had a tough appearance out of the ‘pen: two innings, three hits, two strikeouts, two runs off of two home runs. Paul Fry got the save with a perfect, two-strikeout ninth inning.

Game 1: Salem (Red Sox) 6, Frederick Keys 0

Alex Wells had a meh start. He lasted five innings but allowed a bunch of baserunners: five hits, four walks, two strikeouts and four runs. Francisco Jimenez was worse: one inning, three hits, no walks, one strikeout and two runs.

Frederick had an awful day the plate, starting with just one hit in the first game of a doubleheader. Collin Woody was the lone Key to get a base hit. Preston Palmeiro and Chris Clare added a walk each, and Randolph Gassaway had two base on balls.

Game 2: Salem 7, Keys 2

Cristian Alvarado had kind of a weird outing. He only allowed runs in two innings, but it was a crooked number both times. Over five total innings, he gave up seven runs on eight hits, a walk and four strikeouts. Steven Klimek and Mike Burke combined for a scoreless sixth inning.

The Keys only had two hits, one each from Cole Billingsley and Palmeiro. Ryan McKenna and Jake Ring both reached base via a walk. Palmeiro also had the only RBI when he drove in McKenna in the first inning. McKenna also scored the second run when he stole home in the third inning. That was it for their scoring all day.

Delmarva Shorebirds 3, White Sox 0

Two lefties pitched for Delmarva. Cameron Bishop started and worked his way through six scoreless innings while striking out six, walking one and serving up five hits. Travis Seabrooke had a three-inning save in which he struck out four hitters. Both pitchers now have season ERAs under 2.00.

Zach Jarrett began the scoring in the first inning with a sacrifice fly. He added another RBI in the eighth inning with a solo home run. Jean Carrillo drove in the only other run in the seventh inning with a single to left field, bringing in Trevor Craport. Craport had a 2-for-3 night, and Ryan Ripken added a double.

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

Thursday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: OFF
  • Bowie: OFF
  • Frederick: at Salem, 7:05 p.m. ET, Starter: RHP Lucas Humpal (0-3, 5.29 ERA)
  • Delmarva: vs Kannapolis, 10:35 a.m. ET, Starter: RHP Matthias Dietz (2-1, 4.91 ERA)