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Orioles minors recap 5/20: Everybody loses

Like the big league club on Saturday, all of the Orioles minor league teams lost... except for Norfolk, who got rained out. A Double-A debut didn’t go very well.

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Norfolk Tides - postponed, rain

This game will be made up as part of a doubleheader to be played today.

Trenton (Yankees) 9, Bowie Baysox 4

Much has been made by Orioles beat writers and broadcasters over the past couple of days of a series of minor league pitching promotions. That included Brian Gonzalez, the 2014 third round pick - the top O’s pick in that draft - getting bumped up for his first taste of Double-A. This debut went poorly, with Gonzalez allowing eight runs, six earned, on seven hits and four walks in just 2.2 innings. Better luck next time.

After that, the Baysox were never really in the game. On the bright side, outfield prospects Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays both collected two hits in the game. Hays drove in a pair of runs. Fellow prospect Ryan Mountcastle was 0-3, though he did draw a walk.

Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 4, Frederick Keys 3

The Keys held the Pelicans to just five hits, which is ordinarily a pretty good way to win a baseball game, but a pair of errors led to two unearned runs in the game and the Keys offense was not able to overcome this. Frederick’s 4-9 hitters mustered just two hits in the game. That’s a tough way to win!

Leadoff man Ryan McKenna had a 2-5 night with a double. The 21-year-old center fielder, now my favorite unheralded Orioles minor leaguer, is batting .331/.420/.484 for the season.

Hagerstown (Walgreens) 7, Delmarva Shorebirds 2

Although Shorebirds starter Cameron Bishop surrendered only six hits in six innings, without allowing any home runs, the Suns still touched him up for four runs. That would have been enough to win on its own. Bishop, the 26th round pick last year, now has a 2.72 ERA on the season.

One pitcher who began the year in the Shorebirds rotation, Gray Fenter, seems to have been bounced to the bullpen after a number of tough games. Fenter had a scoreless inning in this game.

Delmarva was out-hit 12-6 in the game and went just 1-9 in opportunities with a runner in scoring position. NASCAR scion Zach Jarrett had two of the four Shorebirds hits.

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

Sunday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs. Louisville, 12:05. Doubleheader. Starters: Asher Wojciechowski, John “The Ends Justify The” Means.
  • Bowie: at Trenton, 1:00. Starter: TBD.
  • Frederick: vs. Myrtle Beach, 12:00. Doubleheader. Starters: Michael Baumann, TBD.
  • Delmarva: vs. Hagerstown, 12:35. Doubleheader. Starters: Matthias Dietz, Ryan Wilson.

Means and Baumann are making their first starts at these levels after very recent promotions. Here’s hoping things go better for them than they went for Gonzalez on Saturday.