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Orioles minor league recap 6/22: Keegan Akin continues to shine at Bowie

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The affiliates went 3-2 last night with rain shortening two of the games.

MLB: Spring Training-Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Keegan Akin at spring training
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Indianapolis Indians (PIT) 4, Norfolk Tides 3

The Tides were mounting a comeback in this game, scoring three runs in the top of the sixth inning to pull within one, when the rains came and the game was called. They were just about to take the lead, I know it.

Jimmy Yacabonis made the start today but did not get out of the fourth inning. He worked in an out of trouble through the first three innings, but back-to-back doubles to start the fourth doomed him. He was pulled with one run in and another runner on second with one out in the fourth, and Joely Rodriguez allowed Yacabonis’s other run to score as well.

Through five innings the Tides’ offense was quiet as Cedric Mullins and Chance Sisco were the only Tides with hits. But things started to come together in the sixth when Mullins hit a two-run homer and Adrian Marin singled and eventually came around to score on a Drew Dosch single. After Sisco struck out to end the inning, the game was delayed by rain and eventually called.

Bowie Baysox 2, Harrisburg Senators (WAS) 1

Starting pitcher Keegan Akin continued to dazzle, striking out nine batters in seven innings for the Baysox. He did walk three, which isn’t great, and gave up five hits. The only extra base hit was a solo home run from Carter Kieboom, a 2016 first round pick. Akin’s ERA is now down to 2.53 on the season. Luis Gonzalez pitched the final two innings to pick up the save.

The Baysox had just six hits in this game, three from third baseman Ryan Mountcastle. Both runs came in on an RBI double from left fielder D’Arby Myers. It was a two-hit night for Myers, both doubles. Newly promoted Ryan McKenna was put into the leadoff spot where he went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. You’ll get ‘em next time, Ryan!

Frederick Keys 2, Salem Red Sox 1

The Keys won a rain shortened game that was called after six and a half innings. Zac Lowther pitched the first five innings of the game, giving up just one unearned run on a sacrifice fly after an error. He walked two, struck out four, and gave up four hits. In four starts since being promoted to Frederick, Lowther has given up just one earned run and his ERA sits at 0.44.

Solo runs in the first and third innings were enough offense to lock this one down. It was not a banner day for the offense, who picked up just five hits. Two were from DH Wilson Garcia, and the only extra base hit was from third baseman Jomar Reyes.

Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) 9, Delmarva Shorebirds 0

The Shorebirds shore did get whooped in this one! See what I did there? Starting pitcher Jhon Peluffo got knocked around for seven runs on eight hits in just five innings. He didn’t walk anyone, at least. Max Knutson and Alex Katz each gave up a run in two innings pitched, with Knutson having the distinction of giving up a run without allowing a single hit. He did so by hitting a batter, walking the next two, and giving up a run-scoring ground out.

You often don’t score many runs when you only get five hits, and in the Shorebirds’ case they didn’t score any. All five hits were singles, two by second baseman Brandon Becker. Third baseman Trevor Craport went 1-for-4.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 5, Staten Island Yankees 3

Despite striking out only one, starting pitcher Hector Guance had a nice night for the Ironbirds. Guance pitched five innings with just one run allowed. He gave up four hits and no walks. Relief pitcher Diogenes Almego didn’t have as nice of a night, giving up two runs on four hits over two innings. But it wasn’t enough for the the Yankees to come all the way back.

Shortstop Adam Hall, the second round pick in 2017, went 2-for-5 with a double, a run, and an RBI from the leadoff spot. Down near the bottom of the lineup, center fielder Doran Turchin added two doubles of his own. Tyler Coolbaugh, son of Scott, went 0-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch hitter.

For more details on these games and to check on the Dominican Summer League, check out the box scores at MiLB.com.

Today’s Games

  • Norfolk @ Louisville, 7:05. Starter: John Means
  • Bowie @ Richmond, 7:05. Starter: TBD
  • Frederick @ Salem, 7:05. Starter: Cristian Alvarado
  • Delmarva vs. Kannapolis, 7:05. Starter: Cameron Bishop
  • Aberdeen @ Staten Island, 7:00. Starter: TBD