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Orioles minor league recap 5/2: Ryan Mountcastle and Mason McCoy highlight a good day on the farm

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Four-hit nights from Mountcastle and McCoy stand out from what was an offensive outburst in the O’s prospect ranks.

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Norfolk Tides 5, Durham (Rays) 1

Ryan Mountcastle maintained his hot first month with a 4-for-5, two RBI evening as part of the 16-hit performance from the Tides offense. Chance Sisco hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot. Mason Williams also went deep. D.J. Stewart added two doubles, and Cedric Mullins reached base once, via a single.

Josh Rogers was in control all game on the mound. The southpaw delivered a seven-inning performance in which he allowed just one run on five hits, five strikeouts and no walks. Jimmy Yacabonis earned the save with two perfect innings and two strikeouts.

Richmond (Giants) 7, Bowie Baysox 3

It was yet another tough afternoon for the Orioles Double-A affiliate. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this loss was the performance of starter Hunter Harvey. The right-hander lasted just 2.2 innings while serving up six runs (three earned) on three walks, one strikeout and five hits, including three home runs. The relief staff, on the other hand, was quite solid. Tanner Chleborad struck out four hitters over 3.1 scoreless innings. Taylor Grover allowed one run in 1.2 innings, and Cristian Alvarado had 1.1 scoreless frames.

Rylan Bannon continued to look like Bowie’s best hitter, smacking two doubles and walking once in his three at-bats. T.J. Nichting also had two hits, both singles. Ryan McKenna went 1-for-4. Zach Jarrett had a hat trick of strikeouts. Martin Cervenka and Preston Palmeiro combined to go 0-for-7.

Frederick Keys 12, Wilmington (Royals) 2

Mason McCoy is doing everything he can to force himself onto prospect lists. The Frederick shortstop went 4-for-5 with three runs scored at the top of the order last night. His season average now sits at .398. But he was far from the only Keys play to get on base a few times in this one. WIlly Yahn had three hits, including a home run. Jomar Reyes and J.C. Escarra both had two hits. Cole Billingsley added three singles. And Jake Ring walked twice, scoring both times.

The pitching duties were handled by Cameron Bishop. The lefty allowed two runs on five hits, four walks and four strikeouts over four innings. He was followed by 3.2 dominant innings from Steven Klimek, who struck out six in relief. Then Scott Burke finished things up with 1.1 scoreless frames.

Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Columbia (Mets) 5

Nothing can stop the Shorebirds offense, not even 12 strikeouts. Despite the whiffs, the best team in Minor League Baseball still managed 15 hits and six walks to win their 19th game in 23 tries this season.

Andrew Fregia led all hitters with three knocks (all singles). Seamus Curran drove in four runs with a grand slam in the second inning, his fourth long ball of the year. Adam Hall had two more hits, including a double. Cadyn Grenier doubled as well, but also struck out three times. The only Delmarva hitter to not strike out was Jean Carlos Encarnacion, who was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Hector Guance started on the mound. He struggled with control (four walks), but seemed to be effectively wild (five strikeouts, one hit, two runs) over his 5.1 innings of work. Zach Matson followed, and had a similarly difficult time with the strike zone, walking four and allowing three runs on one hit over two innings. Tim Naughton had no issues striking out four in his 1.2 scoreless innings to earn his fifth save on the year.

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

Thursday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs Charlotte (White Sox) 6:35 p.m. Starter: Luis Ysla (0-2, 5.40 ERA)
  • Bowie: at Erie (Tigers), 6:05 p.m. Starter: Zac Lowther (1-2, 3.44)
  • Frederick: vs Wilmington, 11 a.m. Starter: D.L. Hall (1-0 4.20)
  • Delmarva: at Columbia, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Blaine Knight (2-0, 0.87)