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Orioles minors recap 4/9: Stewart walks off in Norfolk

The Tides, Baysox and Shorebirds all won. The Keys split a double-header. Both D.J. Stewart and Cedric Mullins homered. David Hess was impressive for Norfolk.

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Norfolk Tides 3, Gwinnett (Braves) 1

D.J. Stewart hit a walk-off, two-run home run to win this one. Joey Rickard contributed with a 1-for-3 day and one walk. Jaycob Brugman added two hits, including a triple. Austin Wynns (0-for-3) and Michael Saunders (0-for-4) both went hitless.

David Hess is a guy who may start a few games for the Orioles this season. He did a nice job in his Triple-A debut by going five innings and allowing just one run on three hits, seven strikeouts and no walks.

Norfolk’s bullpen was even better as Josh Edgin, Donnie Hart, Asher Wojciechowski and Andrew Faulkner combined for four scoreless innings. Any one of them could have a chance to be called up this week as the Orioles will be short on arms following the marathon series with the Yankees.

Bowie Baysox 6, Harrisburg (Walgreens) 4

Christian Binford is new to the Orioles organization but he has 51 games of experience in Triple-A, so Bowie may prove to be a tad simple for him. The righty cruised through six innings, allowing just one run on five hits, five strikeouts and one walk.

Ryan Meisinger struggled to close things down in the ninth inning. He was only able to record one out while allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. Luis Gonzlez rescued him by getting two strikeouts to secure the save.

Cedric Mullins had two RBI, including his first home run of the season. Corban Joseph, Caleb’s brother, was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Ademar Rifaela (3-for-4) and Martin Cervenka (2-for-4) both had multi-hit days. Adrian Marin added a hit, a run and an RBI. Austin Hays took the collar, going 0-for-3 and is now hitting just .176 in the early goings of the season.

Frederick Keys 6, Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 4 in game one

The O’s high-A affiliate had to play two seven-inning games on Sunday because their Saturday matchup was postponed

Cody Sedlock had the start for the Keys in game one and did not begin his season on a positive note. The 22-year-old righty only lasted four innings while surrendering four runs (three earned) on four hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Obviously, it’s early, but the former first round pick is repeating Frederick this year because of his struggles last season.

Jomar Reyes went 1-for-4 at the plate. Randolph Gassaway added two hits, two runs and a walk. Collin Woody paced the offense with two RBI. But it was second baseman Preston Palmeiro with the most impressive display: 3-for-4 and an RBI

Myrtle Beach 3, Frederick 0 in game two

There was substantially less hitting for the Keys in the second game of the day. Reyes had a hit and a walk, but no one else in the lineup got on base more than once, if that.

Lucas Humpal took the mound for the first time in 2018. He wasn’t great, but it wasn’t a disaster either. Over five innings, he limited the damage to just three runs despite allowing six hits and three walks while striking out three.

Delmarva Shorebirds 14, Asheville (Rockies) 9

Holy offense, Birdland! Branden Becker (2-for-5, RBI), Will Robertson (2-for-5, home run), Trevor Craport (2-for-5, triple, three RBI) and Jean Carrillo (3-for-5, home run, three RBI) led the outburst. Ryan Ripken added a double.

Brenan Hanifee started for the Shorebirds and had a solid afternoon. Over six innings, he allowed just two earned runs on four hits, one walk and two strikeouts to get the win.

Monday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs. Charlotte (White Sox), 6:35 p.m. ET. Starter: Jayson Aquino
  • Bowie: vs Erie (Tigers), 6:35 p.m. ET. Starter: Hunter Harvey
  • Frederick: vs Carolina (Brewers). Starter: Brian Gonzalez
  • Delmarva: vs Hickory (Rangers). Starter: TBD

Aquino will almost certainly pitch for the O’s again at some point in the coming months, whether it is as a spot starter or a long man out of the bullpen. He just needs to be somewhat serviceable.

This is going to be a big year for Harvey. The organization is chomping at the bit to get him to Baltimore sooner rather than later. He’ll need to prove he’s fully healthy and that his stuff is sharp before that can happen.

Gonzalez is repeating Frederick this season. The lefty struggled to a 4.91 ERA over 21 starts last summer but has a history of succeeding at a level the second time around. Perhaps that holds true again and he finds himself in Bowie before 2018 is over.