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Orioles minor league recap 4/22: Frederick impresses; Norfolk does not

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Bowie and Delmarva had the day off, the Keys put together a solid team win, and Norfolk’s pitching staff got rocked. 

MLB: Baltimore Orioles-Media Day Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte (Chicago) 14, Norfolk Tides 3

Norfolk’s winning homestand came to an ugly end on Sunday. The Charlotte Knights tagged Lucas Long for six runs, including five in a grueling six-run third inning. Long left with this line: 2 innings pitched, 5 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, an 11.25 ERA. Luis Ysla came in to limit the damage, and he did—sort of?—over three innings, giving up two runs and seven hits. Tanner Chleborad, making his AAA debut, gave up four over two innings, and the Knights tacked on two more off Sean Gilmartin in the eighth, including on a Nicky Delmonico home run.

Matt Wotherspoon alone managed to escape with his dignity intact, pitching a clean ninth with two strikeouts. Charlotte’s 21 hits were tied for the second-most in the International League this season, and six different Knights had multi-hit games, including—sour grapes alert—Alcides Escobar, who ended up with Charlotte after a decent spring with the Orioles, and today went 5-for-6 with four singles.

As lousy as this box score looked, it wasn’t all bad news for the Norfolk lineup, which put together nine hits on the day. Austin Wynns, who’s looking pretty well recovered from his oblique injury, had two singles and an RBI. Chance Sisco added a single, double and a run. Christopher Bostick hit an RBI single to extend his team-best hit streak to seven games, and Anthony Santander had a 2-for-3 day. On the other side of the ledger, #2 prospect Ryan Mountcastle went 0-for-4, and #16 prospect D.J. Stewart went 0-for-3 with a walk, although he did make this snazzy putout at the plate in the sixth:

Bowie Baysox: Had the day off.

Salem (Red Sox) 2, Frederick Keys 4

Fun times beating up on Red Sox affiliates! Cody Sedlock (2.87 ERA, 14 SO), Luis Perez (0.84 ERA, 14 SO), and Travis Seabrooke (4.35 ERA, 9 SO) combined for a tidy two runs and five hits on the day. The runs allowed came on a solo homer Sedlock surrendered to Salem’s Jarren Duran in the third, and a walk and a double off Seabrooke in the sixth.

All four Keys runs came off the bat of homegrown prospect Trevor Craport, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and tacked on a two-run single in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. NASCAR scion—didn’t ya know?—Zach Jarrett scored two runs on a 2-for-4 day, and shortstop Mason McCoy went 2-for-4.

Delmarva Shorebirds: Had the day off.

Complete box scores from Sunday’s set of games can be found here.

Monday’s Scheduled Games

• Norfolk: OFF
• Bowie: at Erie (Detroit), 6:05 p.m. Starter: Tyler Herb (0-1, 10.13)
• Frederick: OFF
• Delmarva: vs Asheville (Rockies), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Nick Vespi (1-0, 6.75)