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Orioles minors recap 5/1: Shorebirds complete best April ever, Keys lose no-hitter in ninth-inning collapse

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Two outs away from a no-no, Frederick gave up five runs on just one hit to blow a 4-0 lead. Ouch. But the other affiliates all won, with Delmarva improving to 18-4.

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Norfolk Tides 9, Durham Bulls (Rays) 5

The Tides’ bats came alive with nine runs on 12 hits, including three home runs. Chance Sisco hit his first dinger of the year, a two-run shot in the first, and Anthony Santander and Mason Williams each added a two-run homer as well. Those three, plus Jace Peterson, combined for the nine Tides RBIs. Cedric Mullins didn’t get in on the fun, going 0-for-5, while Ryan Mountcastle had the day off.

Yefry Ramirez was originally slated to start this game before being promoted to the Orioles, so instead the assignment went to Luis Ortiz, who was scratched from Sunday’s start when he was called up to the Orioles, then was sent back down to the Tides on Monday. Got all that? Anyway, Ortiz had his best outing of the year, going five innings for the first time and holding the Bulls to one run. Jay Flaa almost blew a 9-1 lead — giving up six hits and four runs while getting just two outs, and allowing a homer to the delightfully named Anthony Bemboom — but Matt Wotherspoon restored order with a four-out save, fanning three.

Bowie Baysox 6, Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants) 4

The Baysox rallied back from a 4-2 deficit thanks to a pair of fifth-inning home runs by Jesmuel Valentin and Alexis Torres. Torres, Preston Palmeiro, and Ryan McKenna each had multi-hit games, though McKenna is still hitting just .207 with a .596 OPS this season. The most exciting run belonged to Rylan Bannon, who stole home on a pickoff attempt to first base. Bannon, one of the less heralded prospects from the Manny Machado deal, has had an impressive 2019 season.

Marcos Molina picked up his first win of the year, giving up four runs in the first three innings but recovering to retire 13 straight hitters at one point. Reliever Zach Pop (0.84 ERA) struck out the only batter he faced, and Tyler Erwin went the final two innings to notch his third save.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals) 5, Frederick Keys 4

What a ridiculous, ridiculous game this was. Oof.

Let’s start with the good news. Righty Michael Baumann, the Orioles’ No. 21 prospect on MLB Pipeline — and my birthday buddy! — was absolutely sensational. He threw 6.2 innings without allowing a hit or a run and racked up an eye-popping 12 strikeouts.

Baumann didn’t get a chance to complete his no-hitter, as he was David Hessed out of the game in the seventh after throwing a season-high 87 pitches. Still, a phenomenal outing.

Travis Seabrooke kept the no-no intact through the eighth and struck out the first batter of the ninth. With the Keys holding a 4-0 lead, they were only two outs away from a no-hitter, or at least an easy win. And then everything unraveled in the ninth. Seabrooke issued back-to-back walks, bringing righty Luis Perez into the game. He couldn’t find the strike zone either, issuing a pair of walks and a wild pitch, and an error by shortstop Yeltsin Gudino kept the rally alive.

With two outs, the Blue Rocks finally cracked their first — and only — hit of the game, a Cristian Perez two-run double that gave Wilmington a stunning 5-4 lead. The game would end by that score. A simply unbelievable loss by the Keys.

Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Columbia Fireflies (Mets) 3

The Shorebirds finished April with yet another win, giving them the best opening month in franchise history at 18-4. As usual for Delmarva, everything went like clockwork. They got a stellar starting pitching performance from Ofelky Peralta, who blanked the Fireflies over 5.2 innings and retired 16 of the 18 batters he faced. Peralta lowered his ERA to 0.89 for the year. He may be ready for another crack at Frederick, where he struggled last season.

Adam Hall was a spark plug atop the lineup with two hits, including his first home run. Doran Turchin also homered, Seamus Curran stroked three hits, and Robert Neustrom had a pair of singles but was lifted from the game in the third inning. The Shorebirds are two games up on the Hickory Crawdads for first place in the Sally League’s Northern Division.

Complete box scores from Tuesday’s games can be found here.

Wednesday’s scheduled games:

  • Norfolk at Durham, 10:35 AM. Starter: Josh Rogers (1-1, 8.69)
  • Bowie vs. Richmond, 11:05 AM. Starter: Hunter Harvey (0-1, 5.60)
  • Frederick vs. Wilmington, 7:05 PM. Starter: Cameron Bishop (0-1, 3.32)
  • Delmarva at Columbia, 11:05 AM. Starter: Hector Guance (0-0, 5.25)