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Orioles minor league recap 6/27: Ryan Mountcastle goes deep for Norfolk

Mountcastle stood out along with Alex Wells, Zach Jarrett and Adam Hall during a good night down on the Orioles farm.

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Norfolk Tides 6, Durham (Rays) 5

It was all about extra-base hits for the Tides in this win. Ryan Mountcastle went deep for the 13th time this season. Christopher Bostick and Mason WIlliams also hit a home run apiece. Williams even added a double. Mountcastle, Bostick, and Williams were joined by Jesus Sucre and Jack Reinheimer with two-hit performances each. Cedric Mullins, Jace Peterson and Austin Wynns combined to go 0-for-12.

Luis Ortiz started on the bump, but his tough season continued. Over 3.2 innings, the righty allowed four runs on three hits, four walks and one strikeout. On the opposite side of the spectrum, David Hess was great out of the bullpen, delivering 3.1 scoreless frames while striking out four hitters. Chris Lee was less successful, allowing a run on three hits and two walks over 1.1 innings. Jay Flaa earned his fourth save of the season with 0.2 scoreless innings.

Bowie Baysox 4, Hartford (Rockies) 3

It feels like Alex Wells has flown under the radar this season, but he put together yet another impressive outing on Wednesday night. Wells tossed seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts. His 2019 ERA now sits at 1.97. Dillion Tate continued his recent upswing with two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

The offensive highlight of the game came from T.J. Nichting, who hit a deep fly ball to centerfield, which bounced around long enough to let him run all the way around the bases for a two-run inside-the-park home run. Mason McCoy, Ryan McKenna, Yusniel Diaz and Rylan Bannon added a single apiece.

Frederick Keys 4, Lynchburg (Indians) 3

Zach Jarrett, Ryan Ripken and Sean Miller combined for eight of the Keys 10 hits in this game. Miller and Daniel Fajardo each doubled once. Overall, it was a relatively quiet night for the bats, but the Keys made their hits count.

Brenan Hanifee delivered a “quality start.” In his six innings of work, the righty allowed three runs on seven hits, two walks and five strikeouts, but he did serve up two home runs. Zach Matson was impressive over two relief innings, striking out three. Scott Burke earned his first save of the year with a scoreless frame.

Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Lakewood (Phillies) 1

The Shorebirds keep on winning. This time they did it with pitching. Ofelky Peralta started and tossed five hitless innings while striking out four and working around four walks. Jhon Peluffo earned a hold while allowing a run over two innings. Tyler Joyner registered his eighth save of the season with three strikeouts over two hitless innings.

Delmarva’s bats recorded just six innings and one walk. Adam Hall was the only hitter with two hits, a single and a home run, plus two RBI. J.C. Encarnacion doubled for the 10th time this season. The other hitters to reach base were Doran Turchin (single), Edison Lantigua (single) and Ryne Ogren (single, walk).

Brooklyn (Mets) 2, Aberdeen IronBirds 1 F/10

The IronBirds were the lone Orioles affiliate to lose on Wednesday, but it took 10 innings to happen. The Aberdeen offense went quiet, recording only three total hits. Those hits were all doubles, coming from Kyle Stowers, Trey Truitt and Andrew Fregia.

Kevin Magree started on the mound and did quite well. Over four innings, he allowed just one run on five hits, one walk and four strikeouts. The three pitchers (Moises Nolasco, Connor Gillispie and Jake Lyons) who followed Magree each tossed two innings and none of them allowed an earned run

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

Thursday’s Scheduled Games

Norfolk: at Durham (Rays), 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD

Bowie: at Akron (Indians), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Dean Kremer (2-4, 4.28 ERA)

Frederick: vs Wilmington (Royals), 7 p.m. Starter: TBD

Delmarva: at Hagerstown (Nationals), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Ryan Wilson (3-2, 4.23 ERA)

Aberdeen: vs Brooklyn, 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD