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Orioles minor league recap 5/8: Bleier starts rehab with Frederick

The O’s lefty shook off the rust for the victorious Keys, while Bowie’s and Norfolk’s bats went quiet in defeats.

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Pawtucket Red Sox 5, Norfolk Tides 1

Pawtucket snapped the Tides’ five-game winning streak, as four pitchers combined to hold them to just an unearned run, stranding 10 runners on base. Norfolk managed just seven hits, three of them from No. 9 hitter Jack Reinheimer, and the top six batters in their lineup were a combined 1-for-22. Cedric Mullins doubled for the Tides’ only extra-base hit. Ryan Mountcastle, Anthony Santander, DJ Stewart, and Chance Sisco all took 0-fers, though Sisco drew two walks.

Josh Rogers had a mediocre outing for Norfolk. He worked into the seventh inning but was tagged for nine hits and four runs. That actually lowered his season ERA to a still-ugly 6.48. Sean Gilmartin, who spent some time in the bigs with the Birds last year, ate up 2.1 innings of long relief. Behind the plate, Sisco committed a throwing error and was 0-for-2 in throwing out base stealers.

Altoona Curve (Pirates) 3, Bowie Baysox 2

It was a quiet night on offense for the Baysox. A fourth-inning, two-run homer by Carlos Perez, the only member of the Bowie lineup with major league experience, accounted for all their runs. Still, it was another nice game for 2019 breakout prospect Rylan Bannon, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Bannon, acquired in last July’s Manny Machado trade , is batting .319 with a .918 OPS. He’s 11-for-24 in May.

Lefty Zac Lowther, the Orioles’ No. 18 prospect per MLB Pipeline, delivered a quality start, giving up three runs (two earned) and seven hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked one. Lowther was the hard-luck loser, but he’s carrying a tidy 2.73 ERA in six starts.

Frederick Keys 2, Potomac Nationals 1

The Keys, like the Tides and Baysox, didn’t get much going with the bats, managing just four hits. In their case, though, it was good enough to win. They scored their only two runs in the sixth on a Trevor Craport RBI double and a Stuart Levy bases-loaded walk. Whatever works!

The main focus of this game was on erstwhile O’s reliever Richard Bleier, who began his rehab assignment as he works his way back from shoulder tendinitis. Bleier was actually the least effective of the four Frederick pitchers, giving up Potomac’s only run.

No. 19 prospect Brenan Hanifee, who began the year with an 8.50 ERA in his first four starts, threw his second straight outing of five shutout innings. Could he be turning the corner? Relievers Travis Seabrooke and Diogenes Almengo combined for three scoreless frames to close things out.

Complete box scores from Tuesday’s games can be found here.

Wednesday’s scheduled games:

  • Norfolk vs. Pawtucket, 6:35 PM. Starter: Luis Ysla (1-2, 4.98)
  • Bowie at Altoona, 10:30 AM. Starter: Alex Wells (1-1, 2.87)
  • Frederick vs. Potomac, 7:00 PM. Starter: Michael Baumann (0-2, 3.86)
  • Delmarva vs. Greensboro, 7:05 PM. Starter: Hector Guance (1-0, 4.67)