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Orioles minor league recap 7/3: Norfolk rallies, Delmarva drops a heart breaker

Norfolk came away with a one-run win, but Delmarva suffered a tough walk-off loss Monday night.

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Norfolk 3, Charlotte (White Sox) 2

Norfolk rallied with runs in the seventh and eighth to come away with the home victory. Charlotte scored two runs in the top of the first, but Norfolk shutout the Knights for the remainder of the contest.

John Means gutted through seven innings, and kept Charlotte in check after the first. He struck out six, allowed five hits and walked only one batter. Tim Melville picked up the win in relief, and Jhan Marinez earned his 10th save with a scoreless ninth.

DJ Stewart plated Cedric Mullins with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and Renato Nunez drove in Joey Rickard to give the Tides the lead in the eighth. Rickard finished 2-2, and also drew two walks. Nunez and Luis Sardinas also notched two hits apiece.

Erie (Tigers) 11, Bowie 1

Erie had this one from the jump, and never let up. They led by six runs in the fourth, and added five more for good measure in the seventh. Matthew Grimes took the loss for Bowie. The righty allowed six runs, five earned, and eight hits in 3.2 innings. Zach Muckenhirn and Tanner Chleborad both pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, but Michael Kelly allowed five runs in less than two innings. Kelly walked three, and gave up five hits.

Anderson Feliz drove in Ryan Mountcastle for the Baysox only run in the ninth. Erie outhit Bowie 16-6, and Erick Salcedo was the only Baysox player with multiple hits.

Lynchburg (Indians) 10, Frederick 1

Frederick suffered a similar fate to Bowie with a blowout loss of its own. Lynchburg scored nine of its 10 runs in the first three innings, and six of those came in the first. Cristian Alvarado took the majority of the lumps for Bowie. Alvarado (7-6) was charged with nine runs in four innings. He allowed 11 hits and gave up four home runs.

Wilson Garcia had two of Frederick’s four hits. His RBI single in the sixth inning produced the only run for the Keys.

Lakewood (Phillies) 4, Delmarva 3

Delmarva suffered a heart-breaking loss, with Lakewood scoring all four runs in the bottom of the ninth. Cameron Ming surrendered three runs, and Timothy Naughton took the loss and blown save by giving up the final run. Naughton walked the first two batters that he faced, and then Jose Antequera won the game for Lakewood with a walk off single.

Delmarva was in a position to win the game thanks to a strong pitching performance by Cameron Bishop. Bishop tossed seven shutout innings, and allowed only four hits while striking out five. Six different batters notched a hit apiece for Delmarva.

Hudson Valley (Rays) 4, Aberdeen 1

Hudson Valley scored a run in four different innings to sneak by Aberdeen. Matthew Hammonds threw six innings and allowed only two runs. However, one of those runs came via the long ball. Willy Yahn doubled and scored Aberdeen’s only run on a sacrifice fly by Alexis Torres.

Complete box scores for the games can be found here

Today’s scheduled games

Norfolk vs. Charlotte, 7:05. Starter: Jimmy Yacabonis

Bowie vs. Erie, 7:05. Starter: Luis Ysla

Frederick vs. Lynchburg, 7:00. Starter: Michael Baumann

Delmarva vs. Lakewood, 7:05. Starter: Brenan Hanifee

Aberdeen vs. Hudson Valley, 7:05. Starter TBD