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Orioles minor league recap 5/11: Keegan Akin leads the Tides to a victory

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The Keys were rained out last night and the Shorebirds lost, but Norfolk and Bowie were able to secure wins.

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Norfolk Tides 4, Buffalo Bisons 1

The Tides have a trio of hot hitters in their everyday lineup right now. Over the past 10 games, outfielder D.J. Stewart is hitting .355, infielder Ryan Mountcastle .422, and catcher Chance Sisco .459. I wonder when we might see these guys in Baltimore.

Two days after going 3-for-3 with seven RBI, Stewart was hitless last night. Chance Sisco was 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his sixth of the year. Ryan Mountcastle had a pair of hits in four trips to the plate, and Anthony Santander had a hit and two RBI in the victory.

Left-hander Keegan Akin had a strong start for the Tides, allowing one run over 6.2 innings while lowering his ERA to 4.24. He gave up four hits and one walk while striking out six Bisons. Jay Flaa pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to earn his second save of the season.

Bowie Baysox 8, Richmond Flying Squirrels 5

It was a lopsided score in this one going into the eighth inning, 8-0 Baysox. Richmond did stage a late rally — three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth — but it ultimately fell short. Preston Palmeiro had a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth for Bowie. It was his first home run of the year.

In his fourth game with the Baysox since being promoted from Frederick, shortstop Mason McCoy went 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored. He hit .379/.416/.509 in 116 at-bats with the Keys and now he’s got 10 hits in his first 17 Double-A at-bats.

Bruce Zimmermann, part of the return from the Kevin Gausman trade with the Braves last summer, was making his sixth start of the year for the Baysox. He was able to even his record at 1-1 with a win, pitching 5.2 innings of shutout baseball with two hits, four walks and 11 strikeouts.

Richard Bleier pitched a scoreless inning of relief while throwing 11 pitches. After getting a ground out to start the seventh, Bleier allowed a single and a walk. But he got out of the jam with a ground ball double play. Pedro Araujo was the next pitcher to the mound, and he had a tough outing, failing to record an out in the eighth while allowing three runs on two hits and two walks. His ERA is now 5.68.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 7, Delmarva Shorebirds 6

It came down to extra innings in this game on Friday night, with each team starting their half of the tenth with a runner on second base. The Grasshoppers took advantage first, scoring three runs and putting the pressure on Delmarva in the bottom half of the inning. The Shorebirds were only able to muster two runs, and Greensboro won by a one-run margin.

Gray Fenter got the start for Delmarva, pitching five innings with two hits, two runs, three walks and five strikeouts. His ERA currently stands at 2.33. Fenter left the game with the lead, but the Shorebirds’ bullpen wasn’t able to hold it.

On the offensive side of the ball, Robbie Thorburn and Adam Hall were both 2-for-5 and are currently hitting over .300 atop the order. One of Hall’s hits was a solo home run, his second of the year. First baseman Seamus Curran paced the Shorebirds’ lineup with a double, walk and three RBI.

Frederick Keys vs. Fayetteville Woodpeckers: Postponed due to rain

Complete box scores for all of last night’s minor league games available here.

Saturday’s Scheduled Games

  • Frederick vs. Fayetteville, Game 1, 4:00 PM ET. Starter: Blaine Knight (0-0, -.— ERA)
  • Frederick vs. Fayetteville, Game 2. Starter: David Lebron (1-0, 2.95 ERA)
  • Bowie vs. Richmond, 6:35 PM ET. Starter: Marcos Molina (1-4, 4.68 ERA)
  • Norfolk vs. Buffalo, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: Luis Ortiz (1-2, 4.87 ERA)
  • Delmarva vs. Hagerstown, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: Drew Rom (1-0, 2.53 ERA)