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Orioles minor league recap 4/29: Zac Lowther continues to mow them down

The affiliates split yesterday with Norfolk and Delmarva picking up wins while Bowie and Frederick lost. Zac Lowther continued his good pitching in low-A while there are dingers at AAA.

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David Hess
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Norfolk Tides 7, Charlotte Knights (CWS) 6

David Hess started for the Tides and had a strong start despite picking up just three strikeouts. In six innings, Hess allowed three hits and three walks, giving up a lone run in the fourth inning. Three of the six batters to reach base against Hess came in that fourth inning.

The trouble for the Tides came in the seventh and eighth innings as Josh Edgin and Matt Wotherspoon combined to give up five runs in just 1.2 innings. Joely Rodriguez was able to stop the damage, however, and Donnie Hart pitched a scoreless ninth.

Luckily for the Tides, their offense overcame the poor relief pitching. Catcher Audry Perez was the star, hitting his first two dingers of the season as part of a three-hit night. Perez also picked off a runner, so just an all around good night for him. D.J. Stewart double and homered in four trips to the plate and the rehabbing Mark Trumbo went 2-for-5, both singles.

Akron RubberDucks (CLE) 11, Bowie Baysox 3

Bowie took an early lead in this one, scoring two runs in the top of the first on an Austin Hays ground out and an RBI single form Anderson Feliz. They held a 3-2 lead going into the seventh when a disastrous inning by Lucas Long and Paul Fry allowed the RubberDucks to make it a laugher. Each was charged with three runs in the inning.

Long and Fry cost Michael Kelly the win, although he wasn’t great shakes himself. He gave up two runs in five innings but walked four and allowed both batters he faced in the sixth to reach base before he was pulled.

The Baysox picked up seven hits in the game, but none from the guys you are interested in hearing about. Neither Cedric Mullions nor Austin Hays had a hit, though Mullins did walk and come around to score on a ground out by Hays.

Buies Creek Astros 9, Frederick Keys 4

Starting pitcher Ofelky Peralta did not have a good game, but an ill-timed error didn’t do him any favors. In the third inning a throwing error by shortstop Chris Clare resulted in a run scoring and extended the inning where Peralta gave up a two-RBI single. He didn’t make it out fourth inning allowing the first two batters to reach via walk and hit by pitch, then giving up an RBI single. All told Peralta gave up eight runs (five earned) in 3.1 innings.

Ryan McKenna and Jomar Reyes each picked up two hits in the game, while Cole Billingsly doubled for the team’s only extra base hit.

Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Hickory Crawdads (TEX) 2

It was Zac Lowther night for the Shorebirds, which is always an exciting night for sure. Lowther gave up two runs for the first time this season, each scoring on a solo home run. Those were the first dingers Lowther has allowed this year. He continued to rack up the strikeouts, picking up eight in his six innings pitched.

The Shorebirds hit two home runs of their own as Seamus Curran and T.J. Nichting went back-to-back to start the fourth inning. The Birds pulled ahead in the eighth inning on consecutive bases-loaded walks to Frank Crinella and Kirvin Moesquit.

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Today’s Games

  • Norfolk @ Charlotte, 2:05 PM. Starting pitcher: Jayson Aquino
  • Bowie @ Akron, 2:05 PM. Starting pitcher: John Means
  • Frederick @ Buies Creek, 2 PM. Starting pitcher: Jhon Peluffo
  • Delmarva @ Hickory, 3 PM. Starter: DL Hall