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Orioles minor league recap 4/29: Norfolk rides Sisco and a six-run first to victory

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The Tides scored six in the first inning and never looked back; Delmarva, Frederick, and Bowie couldn’t muster enough offense.

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Bats (Cincinnati) 1, Norfolk Tides 7

Norfolk jumped out to a 6-0 lead against Louisville starter Vladimir Gutierrez. In the first, Chance Sisco belted a three-run double (and credit the Norfolk Tides’ Twitter feed for the gem “Sisco Inferno”). Anderson Feliz contributed with an RBI groundout, and Zach Vincej tacked on a two-run single. The Tides would get one more on a DJ Stewart double play in the seventh that scored Jace Peterson. Ryan Mountcastle had three hits on the day, including a double; Cedric Mullins, DHing, went 0-for-3 with two walks; and Anthony Santander went 1-for-5.

Matt Wotherspoon got the start for Norfolk, tossing two scoreless with no hits allowed, zero walks, and two strikeouts. Tyler Herb, who provided length over five innings, got the win (1-0, 1,80 ERA). Herb gave up just one run on a four-bagger by Louisville LF Nick Longhi in the fourth. Sean Gilmartin closed out the game with two scoreless, hitless innings, racking up one strikeout.

Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland) 8, Bowie Baysox 6

Bowie had a solid day at the plate, but couldn’t hold on to an early 5-2 lead. Brian Gonzalez got bitten by the home run bug, giving up four runs on a pair of two-run shots. Christian Alvarado came in in the fourth but wasn’t much more effective, allowing three runs in 2.1 innings. Taylor Grover gave up another run in the seventh. Zach Muckenhirn shut down the RubberDucks bats in the eighth and ninth innings.

It was a good day for Bowie batters, who collected 11 hits with everyone in the lineup getting on base. It was a great day for right fielder T.J. Nichting, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs. Preston Palmeiro chipped in with an RBI on two hits, including a double. DH Brett Cumberland batted in one and scored three; Zach Jarrett went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.

Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago) 2, Frederick Keys 1

The Keys outhit the White Sox’ single-A affiliate, 7-3, but they left 15 runners on base and couldn’t get the break-through hit after Winston-Salem scored two late runs. RF Jake Ring gave Frederick an early 1-0 lead with a solo shot to right field in the second, but that was all the offense the Keys would muster. Yeltsin Gudino was the only Key with a multi-hit game, stroking a pair of singles. Jomar Reyes, Stuart Levy, Cole Billingsley, and Willy Yahn each had a single. J.C. Escarra and Trevor Craport both went 0-for-4.

On the plus side, Keys pitchers had a solid day. Cody Sedlock (2.49 ERA) impressed with six innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts, matching his longest start of the season. He allowed three hits: one was a solo home run, the other two bunt singles. Cameron Ming took the loss, allowing a run on a sac fly in the seventh. Diogenes Almengo, who has an unsightly ERA of 30.00, got the last two outs in the eighth.

Delmarva Shorebirds 0, Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco) 3

The 17-4 Shorebirds got shut out for the first time this season, managing just four hits against a good collective effort by GreenJackets pitchers. Delmarva lefty Nick Vespi (4.60 ERA) took a tough-luck loss today, giving up just one run (unearned) over five innings while fanning seven. Vespi also retired the last 13 batters he faced. Matt De La Rosa (4.15 ERA) gave up another run in the seventh, on a leadoff double and a single. Matthew Hammonds (1.38 ERA) surrendered a home run in the ninth.

Delmarva had opportunities in the first and seventh innings but couldn’t put it together. Cadyn Grenier led off the first against Augusta starter Jesus Ozoria with an infield hit, then Adam Hall followed with a hit by pitch. After a strikeout, Grenier and Hall pulled off a double steal to leave men at second and third with one out. Daniel Fajardo grounded out, failing to advance the runners, and then Ben Breazeale rolled out to end the threat.

Delmarva had just one more baserunner until the seventh inning, when Doran Turchin and Fajardo led off with back-to-back singles. Augusta middle man Soloman Bates snuffed out the rally after that, striking out two in a row and getting CF Nick Horvath to pop out to third.

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

Monday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Durham (Rays) 7:05 p.m. Starter: Keegan Akin (0-1, 4.58 ERA)
  • Bowie: vs Richmond (San Francisco), 6:35 p.m. Starter: Bruce Zimmermann (0-0, 1.59)
  • Frederick: vs Wilmington (Kansas City), 7 p.m. Starter: Brenan Hanifee (1-2, 8.50)
  • Delmarva: OFF