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Orioles minor league recap 7/15: Hanifee posts a complete game shutout

On a day where the big-league club almost made history in a bad way, Hanifee dominated, Zac Lowther pitched a no-hitter over six, and Grayson Rodriguez had a nice start of his own.

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Durham (Rays) 8, Norfolk Tides 4

Norfolk pitching continues to slog through this season, starter Luis Ysla (3-6, 5.65 ERA) giving up four runs in three innings on three hits and a ton of walks (six). Sean Gilmartin (3.66 ERA) pitched innings 3-6, allowing a three-run homer. Zach Muckenhirn, recently up from Bowie allowed one run while striking out the side in the eighth, and Branden Kline pitched a clean ninth.

It was a mixed game for Team Rehab: Austin Hays went 0-for-5 but DJ Stewart led off the game with a solo home run. Anderson Feliz drove in Norfolk’s second run with a double to score Zach Vincej, but by that point the Tides were down 7-2. Ryan Mountcastle also went deep, in the eighth, tag teaming with Jace Peterson to give them their third and fourth runs.

Akron (Indians) 2, Bowie Baysox 4

After coughing up ten runs on Saturday, it was nice to see the Baysox bounce back with yet another stellar start by highly-ranked lefty prospect Zac Lowther. Lowther no-hit the Rubber Ducks for six innings, allowing just a single in the seventh, which then came around to score.

Lowther had eight strikeouts in the game and no walks. He’s 10-5 at Bowie this season, with a 2.54 ERA. Jay Flaa relieved Lowther in the seventh and gave up Akron’s only runs, allowing a double, walk, and a single. Luis Gonzalez pitched a clean eighth with two strikeouts and Dillon Tate (3.77 ERA) got the save.

It was a good day with the lumber, too, the Baysox racking up 11 hits. That includes an impressive 3-for-4 day from Yusniel Diaz, all of which were doubles coming off Akron’s starter. T.J. Nichting drove in a pair with a sac fly to score Diaz, and an RBI single to knock home Cole Billingsley. Martin Cervenka chipped in a sac fly. Mason McCoy wasn’t involved in the scoring, but he’s still hitting .310 after a 2-for-5 day.

Frederick Keys 6, Salem (Red Sox) 0

Keys pitching prospect Brenan Hanifee, the 2016 fourth round pick, pulled off the complete game shutout in this one. That just doesn’t happen too often in the minors, especially over a full nine-inning game as opposed to a shorter seven-inning part of a doubleheader. Hanifee was just impressive: Five hits, no walks, four strikeouts. The season didn’t start out great for Hanifee, but he’s now got a 3.75 ERA over his last ten games, so hopefully he can finish off his season strong.

Frederick got most of their runs on the long ball. Another great day for NASCAR scion Zach Jarrett, who kicked off the scoring with a three-run blast in the third. Jomar Reyes chipped in with a forceout, and Patrick Dorrian made it 6-0 in the eighth with a two-run bomb of his own.

Delmarva Shorebirds 1, Hickory (Rangers) 3, F/10 innings

A tough loss for the 65-28 Shorebirds, who just couldn’t muster enough offense to put the Crawdads away, and frittered this one away in the tenth inning. Results-wise, it was another good start for top prospect Grayson Rodriguez, who gave up just a run over five innings on two hits, although he made himself work, allowing six walks. (Too many walks.) Reliever Juan Echavarria pitched three exceptional innings, allowing no hits and striking out two.

Unfortunately, in the tenth Jhon Peluffo allowed the inherited runner to score on a sac fly, then coughed up a single and a double to put the game at 3-1. The Keys had no answer in the bottom half, going down swinging as a side.

Shortstop Cadyn Grenier supplied all of the Shorebirds offense with a solo shot in the fourth. As for the rest, Robert Neustrom doubled (didn’t someone say he’s a doubles-hitting machine?), and JC Encarnacion, Jaylen Ferguson, and Cody Roberts all singled—plus Roberts had a nice heads-up throw to pick off a runner in the ninth.

Aberdeen IronBirds 4, Williamsport (Phillies) 3

Leonardo Rodriguez gave up a two-run homer in the first, then buckled down for six innings, allowing no more runs along the way. A good start to the season for the big righty (6’7”) out of the Dominican, who’s now 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA this season. Relievers Malachi Emond, Yelin Rodriguez, James Ryan, Shelton Perkins, and Marlon Constante combined for the rest of the game, allowing one run.

The Ironbirds offense produced a couple of big blasts. DH Jordan Cannon had an RBI double, outfielder Zach Watson had his own, and 1B Andrew Daschbach put this one away with a two-run blast in the seventh. 3B Toby Welk, who had a 1-for-3 day and scoed once, has a nice line—.339 BA/.830 OPS—so far.

Monday’s Scheduled Games

· Norfolk: vs Rochester, 7:05. Starter: Keegan Akin (4-2, 4.44 ERA)

· Bowie: vs Akron, 7:05. Starter: Alex Wells (7-1, 1.92 ERA)

· Frederick: vs. Salem, 12:00. Starter: Cameron Bishop (0-7, 4.71 ERA)

· Delmarva: vs. Lakewood, 7:05. Starter: TBD

· Aberdeen: vs. Williamsport, 7:05. Starter: TBD