Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) 3, Norfolk Tides 1 - Game 1, 7 innings
Not much to write home about here, as the Tides mustered just four hits in this game and now that Cedric Mullins is in Baltimore, there’s one player fewer in the box score whose name is worth following. Mike Yastrzemski was 1-4. DJ Stewart was 0-3. Get one of these guys up and in left field with the Orioles.
Starting pitcher Luis Ysla, 26, went the distance in the game for Norfolk, but the three runs he surrendered put him on the wrong end of the outcome. This was Ysla’s second start for the Tides.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) 2, Norfolk Tides 1 - Game 2, 7 innings
The Tides got seven hits in this game and held their opponents to just three hits and still lost. Oh well. A pair of solo home runs did them in. Jimmy Yacabonis pitched the first five innings for Norfolk and gave up just two hits, including one of the home runs. Yacabonis walked none, struck out three, and has a 4.06 ERA at Triple-A for the year.
Yastrzemski had a multi-hit game. Garabez Rosa delivered all of Norfolk’s runs with a solo home run, his eighth of the season.
Erie (Tigers) 3, Bowie Baysox 2
There’s an absolute bounty of prospects at Bowie right now. Ryan Mountcastle, Ryan McKenna, Austin Hays, Rylan Bannon, Yusniel Diaz, Brett Cumberland... I’ve only named the position players there. Five of them were in the starting lineup tonight. Three went hitless. Oops. Only Mountcastle and Hays had a hit; each went 1-4. Bannon and Cumberland are each batting under .120 since joining the O’s organization.
Rehabbing big leaguer Steve Wilkerson led off for the Baysox and went 0-4. The Baltimore-born part of the Kevin Gausman trade, Bruce Zimmermann, started the game for Bowie, giving up two runs (one earned) in five innings of work. That included three hits, three walks, and two strikeouts. With only 71 pitches thrown, Zimmermann might have been capable of going deeper. He took the loss in his second Bowie start.
Lynchburg (Indians) 5, Frederick Keys 3
Let’s start with the good news. Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael, hit his 17th home run of the season in this game. The younger Palmeiro, who you may recall have been playing second base this year, is batting .264/.324/.425 for the season. At age 23, the 2016 seventh round pick isn’t the most compelling of prospects, but like many guys you’ve just got to see what happens next year at the next level.
On the subject of guys who will probably be waiting for the next level, starting pitcher Michael Baumann surrendered three runs on six hits in five innings. Baumann’s 4.13 ERA at Frederick this season isn’t the most exciting. Is that enough for the O’s to move him to Bowie next year? Maybe. Hopefully he can do as well or better there.
Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Rome (Braves) 2
Hey, finally a winner! The Shorebirds out-hit the opposition, 11-5, in the game, breaking a 2-2 tie with a pair of eighth inning runs. 2018 competitive balance pick Cadyn Grenier was 2-4 for Delmarva with a triple and two runs scored. Jean Carlos Encarnacion, another piece of the Gausman trade, also had a 2-4 night for the Shorebirds.
Starting pitcher Jhon Peluffo did his best to give Delmarva a chance to win this one, striking out seven Braves over 6.1 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk.
Aberdeen IronBirds - postponed, rain
Complete box scores from Saturday’s games, including the adventures of the GCL and DSL Orioles, can be found here.
Sunday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 1:05. Starter: Josh Rogers
- Bowie: at Erie, 1:35. Starter: Keegan Akin
- Frederick: at Lynchburg, 5:00. Starter: Matthias Dietz
- Delmarva: vs. Rome, 5:05. Starter: Cameron Bishop
- Aberdeen: at Connecticut, 4:05. Resuming suspended from 7/22 + game 2. Starters: TBD and TBD
Big day for the system’s intriguing lefties! Rogers, Akin, and Bishop are all worth keeping an eye on, with Rogers and Akin possibly being on track to be in Baltimore as soon as next season.