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Orioles minors recap 4/28: Shorebirds win, Hanifee and Harvey pitch well

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The Tides, Baysox and Keys all lost on Friday, but the Shorebirds crushed the Crawdads. Hunter Harvey and Brenan Hanifee had strong starts on the night.

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Charlotte Knights 5, Norfolk Tides 4

In an extra inning affair, the Knights came out on top over the Tides by one run. Norfolk was leading this game 4-2 going into the ninth inning when Jhan Marinez gave up a double and a home run after getting two consecutive ground ball outs to start the inning. Jason Gurka gave up the winning run in the bottom of the tenth on a line drive single to left fielder D.J. Stewart.

Mark Trumbo, with Norfolk on his rehab assignment, led off for the Tides and went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI. D.J. Stewart was 0 for 5 with two strikeouts on the night, lowering his average to .250. Catcher Austin Wynns was 1 for 4 with two strikeouts, leaving his average at .242.

Jimmy Yacabonis started the game for the Tides, but he only went 3.1 innings, throwing 73 pitches, including 39 strikes. He allowed one run on three hits with three walks and one strikeout. His ERA stands at 3.38 for the season.

Akron RubberDucks 2, Bowie Baysox 1

The Baysox played a nail-biter on Friday night, giving up a run to Akron in the bottom of the ninth to seal the loss. Cedric Mullins tripled in the third to score Mike Yastrzemski for the Baysox only run. The RubberDucks responded in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI double to right fielder Austin Hays off the bat of Andrew Calica. No one scored for the next three and a half innings until Akron mustered a walkoff single by Calica against Luis Ysla.

Hunter Harvey had a strong start for the Tides despite pitching only four innings. The Orioles are really easing him along to start the year. He finished the night with 63 pitches (40 strikes) and no runs on two hits with one walk and six strikeouts. His ERA is now 1.08.

On the offensive side, Cedric Mullins went 1 for 4 with a triple, an RBI and two strikeouts. His average is currently .276. Austin Hays was 0 for 4 with a strikeout and he’s only hitting .234. But he did have an outfield assist on a throw to second base. Ademar Rifaela went 1 for 4 with a strikeout, leaving his average at .350 on the season.

Buies Creek Astros 4, Frederick Keys 0

The Keys were shut out against the Astros on Friday night. There was only one hit the entire night for Frederick, a single by DH Jake Ring in the top of the third. The Keys also managed a pair of walks, but Astros pitching tallied 14 strikeouts. Frederick was 0 for 4 as a team with runners in scoring position and they left three men on base throughout the course of the game.

Third baseman Jomar Reyes was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, leaving his season batting average at .195. Left fielder Randolph Gassaway was 0 for 2 with a walk, ending the night with a .278 average.

Brian Gonzalez took the loss for Frederick, falling to 0-2 on the year with a 4.15 ERA. His final pitching line on the night was six innings, six hits, three runs (two earned), two walks and one strikeout. Brandon Kline worked two innings of relief, giving up one hit and one earned run along with one walk and two strikeouts. He ended the night with a 0.87 ERA.

Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Hickory Crawdads 1

The Shorebirds offense erupted for seven runs on the night, scoring two in the first, four in the third and one in the sixth. Hickory was only able to scratch across one run against Delmarva, a sacrifice fly by Pedro Gonzalez that scored Miguel Aparicio. The Crawdads were held scoreless from that point forward.

Cleanup hitter and first baseman Seamus Curran paced the Delmarva offense, going 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBI, leaving his season batting average at .274. Second baseman Kirvin Moesquit and right fielder Zach Jarrett each had a pair of hits on the night, and Ryan Ripken (DH) went 1 for 3 with a run scored and a walk, leaving his average at .311.

Brenan Hanifee pitched an excellent game, allowing just one run over seven innings with four hits, two walks and three strikeouts, lowering his ERA from 3.32 to 2.77 and improving his record to 2-1 on the year. Nick Vespi pitched two scoreless innings to close this one out, notching four strikeouts while allowing zero baserunners.

Complete box scores from Friday’s games can be found here.

Saturday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk vs. Charlotte, 7:04. Starter: David Hess (0-0, 0.77)
  • Bowie vs. Akron, 2:05. Starter: Michael Kelly (0-1, 4.80)
  • Frederick vs. Buies Creek, 6:00. Starter: Ofelky Peralta (1-1, 1.29)
  • Delmarva vs. Hickory, 5:00. Starter: Zac Lowther (2-1, 0.56)