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Orioles minor league recap 5/28: Strong starting pitching on the farm

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Grayson Rodriguez, Keegan Akin and Alex Wells all had impressive nights on the mound.

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Norfolk Tides 9, Gwinnett Stripers (Braves) 7

The Tides held a four-run advantage heading into the eighth inning, and picked up four more insurance runs between the final two frames. As it turned out, they would need the extra runs. The Stripers scored five in the bottom of the eighth, and one more in the ninth, but Norfolk held on for a 9-7 victory.

Mason Williams went 2-5 with a homer, while Chance Sisco and Christopher Bostick also had multi-hit evenings. Jace Peterson stole the show with a 3-5 performance and two runs batted in. All nine of Norfolk’s hitters, including Cedric Mullins, Joey Rickard and Anthony Santander, hit safely at least once.

Keegan Akin allowed just one run in five innings to pick up his third victory of the season. Matt Wotherspoon gave up most of the damage in the eighth inning, and Tanner Scott notched his first save for Norfolk.

Erie Seawolves (Detroit) 4, Bowie Baysox 1

The Baysox managed just one run in the 4-1 loss at Erie. Martin Cervenka drove in the lone run with a single in the fourth inning. Surprisingly enough, that one run appeared like it might have been enough to pull out a victory.

Alex Wells blanked Erie over seven innings, and put the Baysox in position to win. Unfortunately, Tyler Erwin couldn’t get an out in the eighth inning, and Erie scored all four to put the game out of reach. Wells did not receive a decision, but he’s currently 2-1 with a 1.72 ERA through 36.2 innings.

Potomac Nationals (Nationals) 6, Frederick Keys 2

Continuing the theme of the day, the Keys were done in by one big inning. Potomac scored all six of its runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Keys managed two in the eighth, but failed to score in the ninth.

Frederick wasted a great start by Michael Baumann. Baumann tossed six scoreless, striking out six while walking just one. Travis Seabrooke took the loss and was charged with all six runs.

Delmarva Shorebirds 2, Hagerstown Suns (Nationals) 1

Grayson Rodriguez was magnificent in the Shorebirds’ 2-1 victory. Rodriguez pitched seven innings, struck out eight, and gave up only two hits. He continued his dominant start to 2019, and is 6-0 through eight starts with a 1.47 ERA.

Delmarva outhit Hagerstown 12-3. Will Robertson led the way with three knocks, and three others had multi-hit games. The Shorebirds struck first with an RBI double by Doran Turchin, and Robertson singled to plate a runner in the fifth.

Today’s scheduled games:

Norfolk vs. Columbus, 6:35. Starter: Luis Ortiz

Bowie vs. Akron, 6:35. Starter: Dean Kremer

Delmarva vs. Hagerstown, 7:05. Gray Fenter

Complete box scores for yesterday’s games can be found here.