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Orioles minor league recap 5/9: D.J. Stewart drives in seven runs in two-home-run performance

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Norfolk and Bowie were both victorious while Delmarva suffered a rare defeat.

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Norfolk Tides 9, Pawtucket (Red Sox) 4

It was the D.J. Stewart show at Harbor Park. The outfielder hit two home runs: a three-run shot in the fourth inning and a grand slam in the sixth inning. All told, Stewart had three hits, one walk and seven RBI.

Anthony Santander also went deep, a solo shot, as part of a 2-for-5 performance. Cedric Mullins went 1-for-5. Ryan Mountcastle took an 0-for-4. And Chance Sisco had a single, a walk and two runs scored in three at-bats.

The Tides needed just two pitchers to win this game. Lefty Luis Ysla started and put forth a “quality start” of six innings and three runs allowed on five hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Chris Lee took it from there and recorded a three-inning save while serving up a run on four hits and one strikeout.

Bowie Baysox 12, Altoona (Pirates) 2

Mason McCoy’s bat has remained hot in Double-A. The shortstop went 4-for-5 with a home run, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI. The only Baysox hitter to not record a hit was Ryan McKenna, who went 0for-4 with two walks and two runs. Alexis Torres had a game-high three RBI. Jesmuel Valentin homered among his three hits. T.J. Nichting added two hits, a walk and three runs scored.

Alex Wells displayed a rare lapse in control, walking four batters in five innings, but he also allowed just two runs on six hits, the four walks and two strikeouts. Brian Gonzalez and Cristian Alvarado combined for four scoreless frames to close out Bowie’s ninth win of the season.

Potomac (Nationals) 5, Frederick Keys 4

The Frederick pitching staff racked up 16 strikeouts in this game. Starter Michael Baumann registered seven of them over his five innings while allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. Cameron Bishop tossed two innings in relief, striking out five, walking three and allowing one run. Steven Klimek struck out three over two innings. But it was Cameron Ming who took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) in the 10th, and final, inning of the game.

It was a slow night for the Keys bats until they scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send this one into extras. Willy Yahn scored two runs on two hits, including a double, and a walk. Jake Ring struck out three times. J.C Escarra was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Jomar Reyes drove in a run on one hit in two at-bats.

Greensboro (Pirates) 9, Delmarva Shorebirds 0

For just the fifth time this season, the Shorebirds lost a game. It was a bad night all-around for the O’s Low-A affiliate. The offense managed just three hits, two of which came from Jean Carlos Encarnacion and the other from Seamus Curran. Adam Hall went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Cadyn Grenier was 0-for-3 with one K.

Hector Guance was on the mound to start. The righty struck out six and walked three while allowing two runs on three hits over 4.1 innings. It was Nick Gruner who really struggled, giving up seven runs on three walks and seven hits, including a home run. Matt De La Rosa, to his credit, tossed two impressive innings out of the ‘pen, allowing just one hit and striking out six.

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

Thursday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs Pawtucket 12:05 p.m. Starter: Tyler Herb (2-0, 0.75 ERA)
  • Bowie: OFF
  • Frederick: vs Potomac, 11 a.m. Starter: TBD
  • Delmarva: vs Greensboro, 10:35 a.m. Starter: Grayson Rodriguez (3-0, 0.89 ERA)