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Orioles minor league recap 8/18: All top affiliates win

Excluding Norfolk, who was rained out, all the top affiliates won their matchups on Friday night.

Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Norfolk Tides vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders: Postponed due to rain

Bowie Baysox 6, Erie SeaWolves 4

The sixth would prove to be the decisive inning in this one as Bowie pulled ahead with three runs. Erie was leading 4-2 at the time, when the Baysox strung together a triple, a sac fly, a double and a two-run home run to take a 5-4 lead. Then Bowie tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Erick Salcedo.

Ryan Mountcastle was 1-for-4 with a triple and three strikeouts. Yusniel Diaz was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Austin Hays had himself a night, going 4-for-4 with three runs, two doubles, a home run and three RBI. His triple slash line improved to .246/.275/.420.

Dillon Tate pitched well enough to get the win, giving up four runs in 5.1 innings with seven hits, zero walks and three strikeouts. His season long ERA is now 4.19. Zach Pop nailed down the save with 1.1 scoreless innings and Chris Lee got the hold with 2.1 scoreless innings.

Frederick Keys 8, Lynchburg Hillcats 3

The Keys took the lead in the first inning and never surrendered it. As a team, Frederick hit .400 on the night with runners in scoring position. Lynchburg’s only runs came in the seventh inning on a pair of home runs, driving starter Alex Wells from the game.

The left-hander went 6.2 innings, allowing four hits, three runs, zero walks and six strikeouts. With the win, Wells is now 6-7 with a 3.57 ERA. Steven Kilmek and Tyler Erwin pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief.

Preston Palmeiro had a three-run home run (16) and a pair of walks, while Wilson Garcia had a solo shot (20). Palmeiro is now hitting .262/.323/.418. Randolph Gassaway had a double, two runs, two walks and an RBI. His slash line stands at .280/.364/.393. Big third baseman Jomar Reyes had two hits in five trips to the plate.

Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Charleston RiverDogs 2

Delmarva was down 2-0 after two innings and they wouldn’t score for the first time until the second to last inning. But they came through big when it mattered most, scoring four times in the eighth to take a 4-2 lead.

DH Jean Carlos Encarnación was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, raising his batting line to .289/.313/.466 overall. Ryan Ripken has two hits in four at-bats and 1st round draft choice Cadyn Grenier was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Grenier is now batting .188.

DL Hall pitched well but got a no-decision. He lasted five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with five strikeouts. In his last 10 games, Hall has pitched to a 0.92 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 12, Connecticut Tigers 2

The Ironbirds put on a hitting clinic Friday night, tallying a dozen runs on 13 hits. As a team, they were 6-for-21 with runners in scoring position. The scoring was spread throughout the night, with the seventh and eighth being the only innings when a run did not cross the plate. The most damage came in the fourth, when Aberdeen collected a pair of RBI doubles and an RBI single.

Offensive standouts in the game included Anthony Santander, who was 3-for-5 with three doubles and three RBI, and second baseman Alexis Torres, who was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Cody Roberts and Adam Hall each had two hits.

Blaine Knight pitched two scoreless innings to begin the game for the Ironbirds and Hector Guance got the win after scattering four hits and four walks over 5.1 innings of two run ball. Guance also had seven strikeouts.

Complete box scores from Friday’s games available here.

Saturday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Game 1, 5:05 PM ET. Starter: Luis Ysla (0-1, 1.80 ERA)
  • Norfolk at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Game 2. Starter: Jimmy Yacabonis (3-4, 4.23 ERA)
  • Bowie at Erie, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: Bruce Zimmermann (3-1, 2.94 ERA)
  • Frederick at Lynchburg, 6:00 PM ET. Starter: Michael Baumann (7-3, 4.04 ERA)
  • Delmarva vs. Rome, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: Jhon Peluffo (4-6, 5.56 ERA)
  • Aberdeen at Connecticut, 6:05 PM ET. Starter: TBD