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Orioles minors recap 6/10: Akin keeps striking them out

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Two of the three Orioles affiliates who played on Saturday were winners, with O’s prospects turning in great performances in the games.

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Keegan Akin pitched well as Bowie won on Saturday.
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Norfolk Tides 7, Toledo (Tigers) 2

The Jimmy Yacabonis as a starter experiment continues for Norfolk, and to my surprise, it’s not going horribly. He blanked the Mud Hens over five innings in this game, allowing just three hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. Yacabonis has yet to go beyond five innings in eleven starts, but he’s sporting a 2.68 ERA. Later in the game, Maryland’s own Ryan Meisinger added a scoreless inning. He’s allowed just one run in eight outings since getting promoted to the Tides.

Things were exciting for the position players, too. Cedric Mullins led off the game with his first home run in seven games since getting promoted to Norfolk, part of a 2-4 game. Steve Wilkerson, very recently back from a drug suspension, also homered, a two-run shot that was his second homer in eight games.

Bowie Baysox 4, New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 1

It’s dismal for the big league Orioles right now, but some of their prospects are doing their best to give some reasons for hope for the future. Starting pitcher Keegan Akin led the charge, holding the Fisher Cats to just one run on four hits and two walks in six innings. Akin added six strikeouts to his season total and has now struck out 71 batters in 68.2 innings.

Don’t forget about Maryland’s own Branden Kline either, who went three innings and closed out the game, allowing just a pair of baserunners.

Anthony Santander scored two of the four Baysox runs in a 2-4 night. Santander is batting .304/.329/.468 in his 20 Baysox games.

Wilmington (Royals) 10, Frederick Keys 6

The good news is that neither Michael Baumann nor Zac Lowther was the starting pitcher here. Cristian Alvarado was saddled with all ten of the runs, eight earned, allowing a whopping 13 hits and two walks over five innings of work.

It was a wild one. The two teams combined for 29 hits. Here’s even better news about the Keys: 2018’s breakout minor leaguer, Ryan McKenna, came just a triple shy of the cycle with a 4-5 game, including his sixth home run of the season. In 57 games, McKenna is now batting .366/.452/.524. Hey, that’s pretty good.

Rehabbing big leaguer Colby Rasmus was 1-5 in the game. Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael, was 2-5 with his ninth home run of the season.

Delmarva - postponed, rain

You can find the complete box scores from Saturday’s games here.

Sunday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Toledo, 4:05. Starter: Tim Melville
  • Bowie: at New Hampshire, 1:35. Starter: Jayson Aquino
  • Frederick: at Wilmington, 1:35. Starter: TBD
  • Delmarva: vs. Hagerstown, 2:05. Starter: DL Hall