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Orioles minors recap 7/21: A pair of new prospects debut at Bowie

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Three of the five top affiliates won on Friday night, excluding Bowie and Aberdeen, while Yusniel Diaz and Zach Pop debuted for the Baysox.

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Norfolk Tides 7, Rochester Red Wings 2

The Tides faced major leaguer Ervin Santana in this matchup and managed just one run against him. As soon as he left the game, after the sixth, the Tides scored six runs, including five in the seventh inning and one in the ninth.

Cedric Mullins went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, a run, an RBI and a walk, lifting his average to .279. He’s hitting .268 over the last 10 games. Mike Yastrzemski was 2-for-4 with a home run, his fourth of the year, and Ruben Tejada had a pair of hits.

On the mound, Lucas Long pitched three scoreless innings for Norfolk, allowing one hit and one walk with three strikeouts. Ryan Meisinger added a scoreless inning in relief, and Eddie Gamboa got a three inning save.

Erie SeaWolves 5, Bowie Baysox 3

A couple of prospects from the Manny Machado trade made their debuts in Bowie on Friday night. Right-handed reliever Zach Pop had a rough introduction to the Eastern League, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks without recording a single out. Pop had followed Keegan Akin to the mound, who continued his excellent 2018 season with a one-run, six-inning effort that included five hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Akin’s ERA on the year is now 2.83.

Yusniel Diaz, the top prospect received from the Dodgers, batted third and played right field for the Baysox. He went 1-for-4 at the plate with three strikeouts and had an outfield assist at home. Ryan McKenna was 1-for-4 with a home run from the leadoff spot and he’s hitting .253 with Bowie on the year. Third baseman Ryan Mountcastle was 1-for-4 with a double.

Frederick Keys 6, Down East Wood Ducks 3

The Keys managed all of their scoring in the second, third and fourth innings, while the Wood Ducks attempted a late comeback that fell short. Frederick outhit Down East 15 to 5 in this one.

Randolph Gassaway was 3-for-5 with a double and a run, lifting his average to an even .300. Preston Palmeiro was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI. T.J. Nichting had a pair of doubles and big third baseman Jomar Reyes went 0-for-4, lowering his average to .231.

Starter Michael Baumann got the win for the Tides. He went six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks with three strikeouts. He is now 5-2 on the year with a 3.67 ERA.

Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Greensboro Grasshoppers 2

The Shorebirds won in dramatic fashion, getting a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth inning. Second baseman Mason McCoy worked a two-out walk, stole second, and scored on Zach Jarrett’s single to left after a walk to Cadyn Grenier.

On the night, McCoy was 2-for-4 with a run, a double, a walk, an RBI and a strikeout. Ryan Ripken was 1-for-4, and Brandon Becker and Will Robertson had two hits apiece. On the mound, Cameron Bishop threw five scoreless innings with eight strikeouts to leave his ERA at 2.74. He did not allow a single walk.

Connecticut Tigers 2, Aberdeen Ironbirds 1

This game was tied at one until the top of the ninth, when the Tigers pushed a run across to take the deciding lead. The Ironbirds were 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position, leaving six men on base.

Aberdeen had 13 strikeouts as a team on Friday night. DH Cody Roberts went 3-for-4 with a strikeout. Shortstop Irving Ortega was 2-for-3 with a run and a strikeout, while right fielder Dalton Hoiles was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Starter Willie Rios pitched well enough to win but got the no-decision. He threw five innings, giving up one unearned run with three walks and three punchouts. His ERA stands at 3.54 on the year.

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

Saturday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk vs. Rochester, 6:05 PM ET. Starter: TBD
  • Bowie at Erie, 6:35 PM ET. Starter: Luis Ysla (5-3, 4.76 ERA)
  • Frederick vs. Wilmington, 6:00 PM ET. Starter: Matthias Dietz (0-2, 6.75 ERA)
  • Delmarva vs. Greensboro, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: Brenan Hanifee (7-4, 2.56 ERA)
  • Aberdeen vs. Connecticut, 6:05 PM ET. Starter: TBD