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Orioles minor league recap 5/23: Bruce Zimmermann and DJ Stewart impress

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Triple-A Norfolk was the only affiliate to lose on a day in which the pitching prospects were on point.

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Durham (Rays) 8, Norfolk Tides 4

Keegan Akin started on the mound for the Tides and took the loss, serving up four runs (three earned) on five hits, three walks and seven strikeouts over 3.2 innings. Matt Wotherspoon followed with 2.1 no-hit innings out of the bullpen. Jimmy Yacabonis and Jay Flaa followed and both allowed two runs in 1.1 and 1.2 innings, respectively.

DJ Stewart continued raking at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance that included a triple and two RBI. Ryan Mountcastle had a double in four at-bats. Cedric Mullins went 1-for-3. while Chance Sisco was 2-for-3.

Bowie Baysox 2, Binghamton (Mets) 1

Ademar Rifaela drove in the only two runs the Baysox would need with his fifth home run of the season. Mason McCoy, T.J. Nichting, Rylan Bannon and Zach Jarrett each singled once. Carlos Perez added a double.

Bruce Zimmermann was brilliant on the mound, tossing six scoreless innings, striking out seven and walking two. Tanner Chleborad gave up one run (a home run) in two innings of relief to get the win. Tyler Erwin earned his fifth save of the season with one scoreless inning to close out the win.

Frederick Keys 8, Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 2

Trevor Craport carried the Keys offense with a two-double, five-RBI performance. Cole Billingsley also had two hits, a single and a double. Austin Hays was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. His season batting average now sits at .162.

Cameron Bishop allowed just one run in five innings as the Keys starter in this game. The lefty gave up three hits, walked four and struck out four. It was Luis Perez who took the win, though, with three scoreless innings out of the ‘pen. Matthias Dietz had a tough frame of relief, allowing one run on one hit, two walks and zero strikeouts.

Delmarva Shorebirds 2, Lakewood (Phillies) 1

The Shorebirds won this game in walk-off fashion at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury. An Alexis Torres single in the bottom of the ninth drove in Cadyn Grenier to give the home team the W. The win made up for the 17 strikeouts Delmarva hitters took throughout the game.

Adam Hall had two hits, including his ninth double of the season. Jean Carlos Encarnacion also doubled. Ben Breazeale had a two-hit game. Robbie Thorburn added a single, while Grenier went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk.

Gray Fenter pitched 5.1 innings and allowed one run on three hits, five walks and six strikeouts to lower his ERA to 2.17. Zach Matson and Tim Naughton combined for 3.2 scoreless innings to finish out the game.

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

Thursday’s Scheduled Games

Norfolk: vs Durham, 12:05 p.m. Starter: Luis Ortiz (1-3, 6.98 ERA)

Bowie: OFF

Frederick: vs Myrtle Beach, 11 a.m. Starter: DL Hall (1-2, 5.40 ERA)

Delmarva: vs Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Drew Rom (2-0, 1.72 ERA)