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Orioles minor league recap 5/17: Keegan Akin shines in Norfolk (bring him up!)

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Keegan Akin pitched a gem, DL Hall had some drama, and the Shorebirds won again.

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Norfolk Tides 6, Toledo Mud Hens (DET) 0

Lefty starter and #6 prospect Keegan Akin put together his best start of the season yesterday with six shutout innings. Akin allowed just three hits, all singles, and struck out nine. His ERA dropped from 4.24 to 3.60.

The offensive standout in the game was second baseman Christopher Bostick, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a two-run homer. Jesús Sucre and Mason Williams each had two hits on the night, including a double.

D.J. Stewart had a clutch two-RBI single in the game but I’m only giving him half credit for that as he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Cedric Mullins was 1-for-5. Chance Sisco DH’d in the game and went 0-for-3 with two walks. Ryan Mountcastle had the day off.

After finishing April with a 10-16 record, the Tides have gone 9-3 so far in May to pull to 19-19, their first time back to .500 since the second day of the season.

Bowie Baysox 3, Erie SeaWolves (DET) 2 - F/10

The Baysox walked this one off in the 10th inning thanks to an RBI single from shortstop Mason McCoy, part of a three-hit day for the shortstop who hasn’t skipped a beat since being promoted from the Keys. In nine games with the Baysox he has gone 15-for-36 (.417).

The first two runs of the game scored for the Baysox in the second inning on RBI doubles from McCoy and third baseman Jesmuel Valentín. Rylan Bannon and Ryan McKenna went 1-for-4.

Bruce Zimmermann made the start for the Baysox and had a solid night on the mound. He only gave up three hits in six innings pitched, one of which was a two-run homer for his only runs allowed. Zimmermann struck out four, walked three, and hit one.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (KCR) 6, Frederick Keys 1

Things did not go well for #3 prospect DL Hall, who was ejected by the home plate umpire, along with Frederick manager Ryan Minor, for arguing balls and strikes. In the 2.2 innings he did pitch, Hall gave up four runs on five hits (one run scored after the ejection). That’s not great. But he also struck out five and walked only one, which is pretty good.

Per Keith Law, who was in attendance, Hall was flashing a fastball up to 96 mph and a plus curve ball before the ejection, which Law declared an #umpshow.

Relief pitcher Cameron Ming, who gave up two runs of his own in addition to the runner he inherited from Hall, pitched 2.2 innings. Luis Perez finished the game with three good innings of relief, allowing just two hits.

Austin Hays went 0-for-4 in his rehab start, but did have a sacrifice fly to knock in the Keys’ only run of the game. Left fielder Cole Billingsley had a 4-for-4 day with a double and Jomar Reyes picked up two singles.

Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Greensboro Grasshoppers (PIT) 1

Gray Fenter pitched five innings as the starter, giving up just one run. He walked three and struck out three. The real pitching star was Zach Matson, who pitched the final four innings with one hit, no walks, and nine strikeouts.

Catcher Ben Breazeale had a big day with three hits, including a double, with two of the team’s four RBI. Shortstop Adam Hall also had a three-hit game, while Cadyn Grenier was 1-for-4 with three strikeouts.

For more information on these games including box scores, check out MiLB.com.

Today’s Games

  • Norfolk @ Indianapolis (PIT), 7:15. Starter: Luis Ortiz
  • Bowie vs. Erie, 7:05. Starter: Marcos Molina
  • Frederick vs. Salem (BOS), 7:00. Starter: TBD
  • Delmarva @ Kannapolis (CWS), 7:00. Starter: Drew Rom