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Orioles minor league recap 6/9: Mark Trumbo homers on his rehab

Two of the four Orioles affiliates were winners on Saturday. Norfolk wasn’t one of them, but Mark Trumbo homered for them.

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Columbus (Indians) 3, Norfolk Tides 2 (10 innings)

The Mark Trumbo rehab assignment continues. He homered and walked twice in five plate appearances for the Tides before being lifted for a pinch runner in the ninth inning. Austin Hays, freshly promoted to Norfolk, was 2-5 with a double, and leadoff man Cedric Mullins had a 2-5 game as well.

The game ended on a walkoff sacrifice fly. Jimmy Yacabonis was summoned in the tenth to try to hold the line with the automatic runner on second base. He quickly gave up a single, then an intentional pass, then the walkoff. Starting pitcher Josh Rogers had a fine game, not a common occurrence for him so far this season, mostly scattering seven hits in six innings. The two runs he surrendered both came on solo home runs. Rogers walked one and struck out a pair.

Old friend Ryan Flaherty hit his seventh home run of the season for the Clippers.

Bowie Baysox 6, Portland (Red Sox) 5

The Baysox ended up riding a five run third inning to victory, although it wasn’t an easy victory. Starting pitcher Zac Lowther ended up picking up the win after a five inning start, but it wasn’t his best. Lowther walked an eye-popping five batters, and gave up all five runs, four earned, over his five innings. He also gave up four hits and struck out four.

For Bowie, it was the bottom of the lineup that did the most of the damage. That included catcher Brett Cumberland, part of last July’s Kevin Gausman trade, who was 2-4 with a double and two runs driven in. Shortstop Mason McCoy had three of Bowie’s hits. At 24, the 2017 sixth round pick isn’t going to rate at the top of an O’s prospects list, but he’s now batting .320/.390/.451 in 29 games since getting promoted. If he can keep that up, that would be good for him.

Down East (Rangers) 4, Frederick Keys 0

Frederick’s roster of position players is not chock full of real prospects and some games it really shows it, including this one, where they ran out a lineup that included zero of the team’s top 30 prospects, got just six hits, and were shut out.

Brenan Hanifee, currently the Orioles #11 prospect, started the game for the Keys. Though he took the loss, he gave up just two runs, one earned, in six innings of work. Hanifee allowed six hits and three walks while striking out two.

Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Hagerstown (Walgreens) 1

The team with the best record in all of professional baseball just kept on rolling. Mixed results for the prospects on the roster, with second baseman Adam Hall taking an 0-4, shortstop Cadyn Grenier having a 3-4 game with a triple, and designated hitter Jean Carlos Encarnacion, also a part of that Gausman deal, going 2-3. Grenier’s OPS for the season is just .711.

Delmarva’s pitching was typically brilliant, with starting pitcher Hector Guance holding the Suns to just a run in six innings. One of the four hits he gave up was a solo homer. Shorebirds All-Star reliever Zach Matson pitched the final three innings for the save, striking out six. Matson, 23, is old for this level and dominating, so hopefully he’s got Frederick in his future after he claims his deserved All-Star honors.

Complete box scores from Saturday’s games, including one of the Orioles Dominican Summer League teams getting a 17-0 waxing, can be found here.

Sunday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Columbus, 2:05. Starter: TBD
  • Bowie: at Portland, 1:00. Starter: Alex Wells
  • Frederick: at Down East, 1:00. Starter: Michael Baumann
  • Delmarva: vs. Hagerstown, 2:05. Starter: Ryan Wilson