On a day when the big-league team struggled, fans who are already looking ahead past the 2019 season will be pleased with Sunday’s results from the farm. It was a great showing for all four Orioles affiliates and for top O’s prospects like the Tides’ Ryan Mountcastle (No. 1), Bowie starter Zac Lowther (No. 8), Delmarva shortstop Cadyn Grenier (No. 16), and the rebounding Cody Sedlock.
Indianapolis (Pittsburgh) 4, Norfolk Tides 8
It was the Ryan Mountcastle Show at Indianapolis’ Victory Field. Mountcastle led the Tides to an 8-4 win with a career-high 5 RBIs on a double, walk, and three-run homer. This one was knotted up 1-1 until Mountcastle came up to face Indians’ reliever Brandon Waddell in the sixth inning with men on second and third, and did this:
The 22-year-old Mountcastle is now slashing .325/.353/.519 and leads the International League with 52 hits. Shortstop Jack Reinheimer chipped in with two singles and two runs scored, and Anthony Santander and DJ Stewart had a double apiece. Chance Sisco went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Tides starter Luis Ysla (2-2, 4.66 ERA) went five innings, giving up one run on two hits and five walks. Chris Lee (3-1, 4.18 ERA) got the win in relief, pitching 2 2/3 innings and giving up three runs, and Evan Phillips chipped in a hitless 1.1 innings to close things out.
Erie (Detroit) 0, Bowie Baysox 3
On Sunday, bespectacled lefty Zac Lowther tossed a scoreless five innings for Bowie with 8 strikeouts, and relievers Tyler Chleborad, Francisco Jimenez, and Tyler Erwin combined for a scoreless four endings.
Lowther has a 1.91 ERA on the season, and over their last 37 2/3 innings, Bowie starters are cruising. Lowther, Alex Wells, Bruce Zimmermann, Marcos Molina and Hunter Harvey have combined for a total five earned runs and a collective 1.19 ERA in that stretch.
Bowie pieced together three runs on an RBI double by 3B Jesmuel Valentin, an RBI single by NASCAR scion Zach Jarrett, and a sac fly off the bat of DH Ademar Rifaela.
Salem (Boston) 2, Frederick Keys 5
The story for the 20-21 Keys was Cody Sedlock’s dominant outing. Sedlock (3-0, 1.63 ERA, 35 SO) pitched a career-high seven innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out six. After giving up a double and an RBI single in the first inning, Sedlock was on cruise control, retiring 18 batters in a row at one point.
DH Willy Yahn had three hits and two RBIs, 1B Trevor Craport contributed an RBI on two hits, and shortstop Sean Miller also notched three hits. Austin Hays went 1-for-5.
Kannapolis (White Sox) 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 9
The 32-9 Shorebirds racked up 14 hits on the day, paced by RF Doran Turchin, who had three RBIs on a single, triple and a homer, 1B Seamus Curran, whose three hits on the day included a three-run homer, and No. 16 prospect, SS Cadyn Grenier, who went 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored. LF Robbie Thornburn and CF Nick Horvath had an RBI apiece. The Orioles’ No. 13 and 14 prospects, 3B JC Encarnacion and SS Adam Hall, each had a hit.
Shorebirds’ starter Ofelky Peralta turned in a quality start, giving up two runs on six hits over six innings. Tyler Joyner pitched the final three innings and earned his third save, allowing one run on two hits.