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Orioles minor league recap 8/23: Dillon Tate delivers a quality start for Bowie

A few of the Orioles top pitching prospects were on the mound on Wednesday, but it was a mixed bag of results down on the farm.

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Game 1: Charlotte Knights 5, Norfolk Tides 2

Chance Sisco led the Tides offense with two hits, a pair of singles. DJ Stewart added a base hit of his own and also walked. Mike Yastrzemski registered the only extra base hit for Norfolk, when he laced an RBI double in the second inning. Garabez Rosa drove in the team’s other run with a fielder’s choice later in that same frame.

Luis Ortiz made his fourth start for the Orioles organization and, based on the stat sheet, was OK. He allowed three runs on eight hits, a walk and four strikeouts over five innings of work. Luis Gonzalez came on out of the bullpen, but struggled while serving up two runs on three hits, a walk and two strikeouts in the final two innings of the game.

Game 2: Knights 3, Tides 0

Norfolk’s tough day at the plate continued in game two as they had just three total hits. Breyvic Valera, Joey Rickard and Stewart each singled. Stewart and Ruben Tejada added a walk apiece. That was it for the lineup as they were shutout.

Lucas Long had a solid day on the mound, allowing two runs on four hits, two walks and five strikeouts over five innings, but the Knights made the most of their opportunities. Donnie Hart tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants) 3, Bowie Baysox 1

Dillon Tate delivered a “quality start” for the Baysox: six innings, three runs, five hits, one walk, six strikeouts. But the righty got the loss any way as his season ERA now sits at 4.20. Tanner Chleborad was impressive out of the ‘pen as he gave up just one hit in three scoreless innings.

Bowie’s bats were dominated by Jeff Samardzjia and the Richmond relievers. Ryan McKenna and Ryan Mountcastle both posted 0-for-4 days at the plate. Rylan Bannon had the Baysox only extra base hit, an RBI double. Yusniel Diaz, Austin Hays, Corban Joseph and Erick Salcedo each singled, and Joseph walked once as well.

Game 1: Frederick Keys 5, Salem Red Sox (Red Sox) 3

This was the completion of a game that was suspended on Tuesday, which was stopped after the first inning

Finally, some offense from an O’s affiliate. The Keys had extra base hits galore in this one. Jomar Reyes and Wilson Garcia both went deep. Reyes, Preston Palmeiro, T.J. Nichting and Randolph Gassaway all had a double each. Every hitter in the Frederick lineup had at least one hit except for Stuart Levy.

Cody Sedlock had originally started this game as he works his way back from injury. His one inning was good as he struck out two after allowing two hits. Zac Lowther picked things up on Wednesday and threw five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Steven Klimek and Tyler Erwin combined for three clean innings out of the bullpen.

Game 2: Red Sox 2, Keys 1

Frederick’s bats had seven hits and two walks in game two, but they could only scratch across one run, which came in on a Palmeiro single in the fifth. Daniel Fajardo had two hits, including a double. Collin Woody doubled as well. Chris Clare and Cole Billingsley each singled.

Lucas Humpal started for the Keys and threw four scoreless innings and left the game with a 1-0 lead. Ryan O’Rourke held firm as he tossed a scoreless frame of his own. Matt Trowbridge came on to try and secure a two-inning save, but he was unable to do so. He gave up three singles and a walk in the seventh inning as the Red Sox walked off with the win.

Aberdeen IronBirds 9, Vermont Lake Monsters (Athletics) 4

The IronBirds had just eight hits, but they scored nine times because they also worked eight walks and took advantage of four errors made by the Lake Monsters. Robert Neustrom was Aberdeen’s only player to have more than one hit; he had two singles. Willy Yahn and Jean Carmona both doubled. Adam Hall, Anthony Santander, J.C. Escarra and Cody Roberts all added a single apiece. Away from the plate, Hall stole his 16th base of the season. Hall and Carmona both made a fielding error. And Santander threw out a runner at home.

Aberdeen only needed to use two pitchers to get the win. Hector Guance started and earned his sixth win of the season with a “quality start” of six innings, two earned runs, two walks and 10 strikeouts. Nick Vichio closed things out with a three-inning save, his first of the season, in which he struck out five and allowed a run on three hits.

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

Thursday’s games

  • Tides vs Charlotte, 12:05 p.m. ET, Starter: LHP Luis Ysla (0-2, 3.27 ERA)
  • Baysox vs Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Starter: LHP Bruce Zimmerman (3-2, 2.79 ERA)
  • Keys at Salem, 7:05 p.m. Starter: RHP Cristian Alvarado (10-10, 4.49 ERA)
  • Shorebirds at Greensboro Grasshoppers, 7 p.m. Starter: RHP Brenan Hanifee (7-5, 3.02 ERA)
  • IronBirds vs Staten Island Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD