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Orioles minor league recap 5/4: Ryan Mountcastle continues his hot-hitting ways

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Every Orioles minor league affiliate won last night, except for the Bowie Baysox.

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Norfolk Tides 10, Charlotte Knights 2

Ryan Mountcastle got the Tides on the board in the first with an RBI single to drive home Cedric Mullins. In the second, Mullins increased the Norfolk lead to four with a three-run home run that hugged the left field foul line until it reached the stands. The Tides kept tacking on runs, getting one each in the third and fourth innings, then four in the seventh.

Mullins was 3-for-5 with three RBI, three runs scored and a steal. He was just a double shy of hitting for the cycle. The center fielder is hitting .293 with an .859 OPS since his demotion. Mountcastle went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, run and RBI. He currently has a 10-game hitting streak, with his season long batting average at .342 and OPS at .922. Chance Sisco had three hits in five at-bats, driving in three runs on the night. His average stands at .264 and his OPS is .785.

Right-hander Tyler Herb got the win for Norfolk, pitching seven innings of one-run ball. The run was unearned, by the way. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four. This was Herb’s second appearance and first start for Norfolk, leaving him with a 0.75 ERA. In three starts with Bowie this year, Herb was 0-2 with a 9.95 ERA. He has has a 5.47 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A.

Erie SeaWolves 5, Bowie Baysox 0

The Baysox batters couldn’t muster much of anything on Friday night against Erie. Bowie only managed a pair of hits in fact, one by Rylan Bannon and one by Martin Cervenka. They did work four walks as a team but they were also 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.

Starting pitcher Alex Wells only lasted four innings for the Baysox, allowing three runs and taking the loss. He allowed six hits — including one home run — and one walk while striking out four. But he still has a 2.87 ERA and .217 BAA on the year.

Brian Gonzalez threw two innings in relief with two hits, one run, two walks and one strikeout. Francisco Jimenez threw the last two innings for Bowie, allowing one run on one hit while also striking out two. Baysox pitchers allowed three home runs on the night in total.

Frederick Keys 5, Lynchburg Hillcats 0

It only took two hours and 43 minutes for two Frederick pitchers to blank the Hillcats last night. David Lebron got the win, throwing 84 pitches (55 strikes) in six innings while allowing six hits and no walks. He also struck out eight batters and lowered his ERA to 2.95. Cameron Ming got his second save of the season by going three scoreless innings while giving up two hits and one walk to go with three strikeouts.

On offense, the Keys really spread out their scoring, plating a single run in the second, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth. Mason McCoy went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. In the last 10 games, he’s hitting .356. Second baseman Willy Yahn went 3-for-4 with a run scored, pushing his average up to .338.

Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Asheville Tourists 5

The Shorebirds continue their winning ways, bringing their record to 21-4 with a win last night and further cementing their position atop the South Atlantic League Northern division. They have won four games in a row and are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

It was an abbreviated outing for Grayson Rodriguez in this one. He threw 75 pitches in 3.2 innings while allowing five hits, two runs (one earned) and one walk with five punchouts. His ERA is a minuscule 0.89 on the year.

Delmarva’s Adam Hall took an 0-fer on the night, but he’s still hitting .344 with an .877 OPS so far this season. Left fielder Robbie Thorburn clubbed his second home run of the year while going 3-for-4 with three RBI and center fielder Nick Horvath hit his first homer of the year, a two-run shot. Cadyn Grenier had a single in five at-bats.

Complete box scores from Friday night’s games can be viewed here.

Saturday’s Scheduled Games

  • Frederick at Lynchburg, 6:00 PM ET. Starter: Cody Sedlock (1-0, 2.49 ERA)
  • Bowie at Erie, 6:05 PM ET. Starter: Bruce Zimmermann (0-0, 1.57 ERA)
  • Delmarva at Asheville, 6:05 PM ET. Starter: Gray Fenter (1-1, 2.04 ERA)
  • Norfolk vs. Charlotte , 7:05 PM ET. Starter: Keegan Akin (0-1, 4.76 ERA)