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Orioles minor league recap 5/3: Pitching the story as three of four teams win

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Blaine Knight’s torrid start continues in Delmarva, but the Tides and Baysox also shined on the mound.

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Norfolk Tides 8, Charlotte (White Sox) 2

Out of nowhere, the Orioles’ AAA team has gotten itself on a nice little run. The Tides have won three straight and four of five, and got some strong pitching and hitting to get their latest victory.

Luis Ysla got the win, allowing two runs in five innings, while Chris Lee pitched four scoreless, two-hit innings to get the save. It was a productive day in the batter’s box as well, though. Chance Sisco homered, and star prospect Ryan Mountcastle went 3-for-5 with a double and is hitting .336.

They weren’t the only standouts. Mason Williams and Zach Vincej had three hits apiece, while Jace Peterson and Jack Reinheimer had two.

Bowie Baysox 4, Erie (Tigers) 0

Not much has gone right for the Baysox this season. On Thursday, however, they had all the answers they needed.

No. 18 prospect (according to MLB) Zac Lowther led the way on the mound, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing only one hit. He’s now 2-2 with a 2.66 ERA. Zach Muckenhirn finished the sixth and the seventh, Pedro Araujo took the eighth and Tyler Erwin wrapped up the shutout in the ninth.

Bowie generated nine hits and scored runs in the first and second innings and two more for insurance in the eighth. Third baseman and No. 22 prospect Rylan Bannon led the way at the plate with a home run during a 4-for-5 performance and is now batting .313. Catcher Brett Cumberland went 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Wilmington (Royals) 5, Frederick Keys 4

The Keys spent the first five-and-a-half innings putting themselves in a hole, and the rest of the game very nearly pulling themselves out. Down 5-0, Frederick scored two runs in both the sixth and eighth innings before the rally fell short.

The bright spot at the plate came from Willy Yahn, who had two hits, three RBI and slugged a two-run home run in the sixth.

The main story, however, was a poor start for No. 3 prospect DL Hall, who allowed four runs in 3.1 innings and took the loss. He struck out seven but walked four, and has 14 walks in 18.1 innings and a 5.40 ERA.

Delmarva Shorebirds 1, Columbia (Mets) 0

Blaine Knight’s season couldn’t be off to a much better start. Knight, Baltimore’s No. 10 prospect, pitched six innings while allowing only three hits and striking out seven. He’s now 3-0 with a 0.68 ERA for the season.

And yet, he’s arguably not even off to the best start on his own team. Leadoff hitter Adam Hall had two more hits, and is up to .360 for the season. Delmarva’s lone run, however, came from the No. 9 spot, where Robbie Thorburn had a home run in the seventh inning among his two hits.

Delmarva improved its record to 20-4.

Box scores from Friday’s games can be found here.

Friday’s scheduled games

  • Norfolk: vs. Charlotte, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Tyler Herb (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
  • Bowie: at Erie, 6:05 p.m. Starter: Alex Wells (1-0, 1.54 ERA)
  • Frederick: at Lynchburg (Indians). 6 p.m. Starter: David Lebron (0-0, 4.11 ERA)
  • Delmarva: at Asheville (Rockies), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Grayson Rodriguez (3-0, 0.54 ERA)