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Orioles minor league recap 5/31: Britton makes first rehab appearance

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Frederick won. Bowie was rained out. Delmarva blew a lead, and Norfolk’s offense sputtered.

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Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox) 4, Norfolk Tides 2

John Means started for the Tides and took the loss. Over 4.1 innings, he allowed three runs on six hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Jhan Marinez was first out of the bullpen. The righty delivered 2.2 scoreless innings while striking out four and walking one. Joely Rodriguez tossed the final two innings and gave up a run on three hits, a walk and two K’s.

Norfolk’s offense never really got much going. Their first run came in the second inning off of consecutive singles from Garabez Rosa, Jaycob Brugman and Ruben Tejada. The second run scored in the sixth inning on a trio of base hits from Renato Nunez, Caleb Joseph and recently reinstated Steve Wilkerson. Nunez was the only Tides hitter with more than one hit while the entire lineup struck out 12 times with no walks.

Bowie Baysox —, Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants) — RAIN OUT

Frederick Keys 5, Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals) 3

Pitching was the main event here. Zac Lowther made his first start at High-A, giving up just the one run on two hits, three walks and two strikeouts in four innings. Zach Britton came out of the bullpen to strike out the side in a one-hit fifth inning for his first rehab appearance. From there, Steven Klimek gave up two unearned runs in two frames, and Zach Muckenhirn got the save from two scoreless innings to close out the win.

Not to be overshadowed, Ryan McKenna continued to rake for the Keys. The centerfielder had three hits in five at-bats, including a triple, and his fifth home run of the season. He is now hitting .361 at the top of the lineup. Jomar Reyes and Chris Clare added a double apiece. Clare and Collin Woody both went 2-for-4.

Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox) 9, Delmarva Shorebirds 8

Ryan Ripken hit a grand slam in the first inning, and the Shorebirds led by five runs at one points, but the bullpen couldn’t hold onto that advantage.

After Cameron Bishop threw six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits, no walks and three strikeouts, Gray Fenter took over. Fenter’s first two innings went smooth enough. He worked around two walks and a hit by pitch while striking out three. It all fell apart in the ninth when a three-run homer by Kannapolis tied things up.

Ripken drove in another run in the top of the 10th inning to give the Salisbury boys yet another lead. Nick Vespi came in for the save but was unable to get any outs. A sac bunt turned into a run when third baseman Trevor Craport missed a throw, allowing the runner that started the inning at second base to score. Another run came home on a single to give the Intimidators a walk-off win.

Other highlights: Mason McCoy went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Kirvin Moesquit had a hit in five trips to the plate. Zach Jarrett hit his 10th home run of the season. Seamus Curran scored three runs. Jean Carrillo had a 3-for-5 performance.

Box scores for all of the O’s minor league teams

Thursday’s games

  • Tides vs Pawtucket, 6:35 p.m. ET. Starter: RHP Asher Wojciechowski (3-1, 3.52 ERA)
  • Baysox at Richmond, 6:35 p.m. ET. Starter: LHP Brian Gonzalez (0-2, 19.06 ERA)
  • Keys at Wilmington, 5:05 p.m. ET. Starter: RHP Michael Baumann (1-0, 1.42 ERA)
  • Shorebirds @ Kannapolis (1), 5:05 p.m. ET. Starter: TBD
  • Shorebirds @ Kannapolis (2), TBD. Starter: TBD