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Orioles minor league recap 8/2: Yusniel Diaz struggles, Mullins goes deep

The O’s top prospect has had a tough go of it since arrive in the Manny Machado trade a couple of weeks ago, but it’s still far too early to panic.

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Norfolk Tides 3, Charlotte Knights (White Sox) 0 Suspended/3 - Rain

Unlike MLB games, these minor league stats do count even when the rain ends things prematurely. However, the Tides and Knights will have to finish things up on Friday.

Jimmy Yacabonis tossed 2.1 scoreless innings before Mother Nature took over. His box score looks impressive: two hits and three strikeouts. Cedric Mullins led off the game with a home run, his 12th of the season between Bowie and Norfolk. Mike Yastrzemski added to the lead in the third inning with a two-run shot, scoring Ruben Tejada, who had reached on a single.

Bowie Baysox 6, Akron RubberDucks (Indians) 5

The Baysox recorded 13 hits in their win. Corban Joseph led all hitters with three hits, including his 28th double and 14th home run of the season. Martin Cervenka, Aderlin Rodriguez and Ademar Rifaela each had two hits. It was a one-hit night for Rylan Bannon, Ryan Mountcastle, Anderson Feliz and Erick Salcedo. Yusniel Diaz was the lone Baysox player to go hitless, and he struck out twice.

Brain Gonzalez earned his fourth win of the season with five innings of three-run work while allowing seven hits, two walks and striking out four. Matthew Grimes earned a hold while giving up two runs on three hits, a walk and a strikeout over two innings. Zach Pop and Branden Kline both pitched one shutout inning each.

Frederick Keys 7, Potomac Nationals (Walgreens) 2 F/5 - Rain

Michael Baumann threw all five innings in this one. He allowed two runs on five hits, two walks and three strikeouts. The O’s 21st-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline now has a 3.36 ERA with the Keys this season.

All seven of the Keys runs were scored in the third inning. Collin Woody walked and moved to third on a Jake Ring double. A Daniel Fajardo double scored both Woody and Ring. Fajardo himself crossed home plate shortly thereafter on a Chris Clare single. A Randolph Gassaway walk set the stage for a Preston Palmeiro three-run homer. And Jomar Reyes capped things off with a solo shot of his own.

Lakewood BlueClaws (Phillies) 7, Delmarva Shorebirds 5

Max Hogan had a heck of a night with a stick, hitting his 21st double of the year and his second home run. Trevor Craport had two doubles, and Mason McCoy registered a pair of singles. Seamus Curran and Kirvin Moesquit both singled. Moesquit also stole his 39th base of the season and recorded an outfield assist.

The home run ball hurt Shorebirds starter Jhon Peluffo. He allowed three long balls and four runs over 6.1 innings while serving up nine hits and four strikeouts. Timothy Naughton came in with the lead, but he did not leave with it. In just 1.2 innings out of the ‘pen the righty gave up three runs. Diogenes Almengo worked around two walks and struck out one in a scoreless inning.

Staten Island Yankees (Yankees) 8, Aberdeen IronBirds 3

Austin Hays is still rehabbing with the IronBirds, and he did not have his best night (0-for-4). Cody Roberts notched two doubles. Milton Ramos had two hits, one of which was a double. Willy Yahn also had a double. Robbie Thorburn, Nick Horvath, Irving Ortega and Luke Ringhofer each singled.

Gray Fenter started, but had a tough outing, allowing four runs on three hits and four walks, but he did strike out six over three innings. Nick Vichio followed with three scoreless frames and four strikeouts. J.J. Montgomery and Juan Echevarria both served up two runs in an inning apiece.


Drew Rom was mighty impressive yet again for the GCL Orioles. He tossed three scoreless innings, allowed one hit and struck out seven to lower his season ERA to 2.05. He may see at least a little time with Aberdeen before the season ends.

Box scores for all of the O’s minor league teams

Thursday’s games

  • Tides at Charlotte, finishing game from Wednesday
  • Tides at Charlotte, 7:04 p.m. Starter: LHP Josh Rogers (7-8, 3.71 ERA)
  • Baysox at Akron, 7:05 p.m. Starter: LHP Keegan Akin (10-6. 2.84 ERA)
  • Keys vs Potomac, 12 p.m. Starter: TBD
  • Shorebirds vs Charleston (Yankees), 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD
  • IronBirds at Brooklyn (Mets), 7 p.m. Starter: TBD