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Orioles minor league recap 7/16: Wells and Wilson toss eight strong innings, Aberdeen walks off in a wild one

Alex Wells and Ryan Wilson both pitched deep into the ball game, while Keegan Akin labored through five innings. Austin Hays went deep again, and Aberdeen won a wild one.

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Rochester Red Wings (Twins) 11, Norfolk Tides 4

With Keegan Akin on the bump, Orioles fans won’t like the 11 runs scored by the opponent. However, it’s not as bad as it looks. Akin did take the loss, but he only allowed three runs in five innings. Akin started off with a bang, getting three straight batters to strikeout swinging in the top of the first. He allowed only one hit and struck out six through the first three innings. Unfortunately, he stumbled in the fourth.

After allowing a lead off double, Akin retired the next two Rochester hitters with groundouts. The third out eluded Akin, and Jaylin Davis singled to break a scoreless tie. Rochester followed with a two-run home run by Zander Wiel, and the Tides trailed 3-0. Akin allowed two base runners in the fifth, but escaped without allowing another run. His final stat line read 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, BB, 6 K.

Norfolk allowed five runs in the sixth inning, and three more in the ninth to give Rochester the decisive victory. Josh Lucas gave up the five spot, and Zach Muckenhirn surrendered the runs in the ninth. Matt Wotherspoon did not allow a run in two relief innings.

Austin Hays led the charge for Norfolk offensively. Hays blasted a solo homer in the sixth inning, and claimed three of the team’s four RBIs. Hays also doubled and finished 3-5. Mason Williams went 2-3, and Christopher Bostick finished 2-5. Ryan Mountcastle did not record a hit in four at bats.

Bowie Baysox 4, Harrisburg Senators (Nationals) 2

Alex Wells continued his domination of the Eastern League, and Bowie picked up a 4-2 victory over the visiting Senators. Wells pitched eight strong innings to move to an impressive 8-1 on the season. He allowed two runs on four hits, and struck out four. Wells maintained control throughout the start, and did not issue a walk. He finished with 99 pitches, 68 of which were strikes. His ERA now sits at 1.95.

Harrisburg did not have an extra-base hit all night. The Senators two runs came via a wild pitch and a ground out to first base. Wells kept them in check.

Cedric Mullins finished the night 2-4 with two runs scored, and Ryan McKenna went 2-3. Mullins got Bowie on the board with an RBI single in the first, and Carlos Perez brought Mullins home with a single of his own. McKenna drove Mullins in with a double in the fifth, and Martin Cervenka delivered a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Salem Red Sox (Red Sox) 12, Frederick Keys 7

Frederick allowed at least one run in the second-through-sixth innings, and trailed by as many as 10 runs in this one. Cameron Bishop, a 26th-round pick in 2017, moved to a whopping 0-8 on the season. There’s a joke somewhere about his availability to start for the Major League team. Bishop allowed five runs on five hits in 2.2 innings. He walked five, allowed a home run, but did strikeout five.

Tim Naughton recorded the final four outs for Frederick, and he was the only of five pitchers to not allow a run.

Zach Jarret and Jomar Reyes both went 3-5 to lead the way for Frederick. Ryan Ripken picked up two hits and three RBIs in the contest. Ripken drove in two with a double in the eighth, and Trevor Craport brought him in with a double of his own. The Keys scored four times in the eighth and added another in the ninth, but it was too little too late.

Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Lakewood BlueClaws (Phillies) 2

Delmarva struck early and held on for a 4-2 victory last night. JC Encarnacion got things started with an RBI single in the bottom of the first, and Robert Neustrom provided all of the offense after that. Neustrom stepped up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second, and chased all three runners home with a double to left field. Delmarva would not score again, but that didn’t matter.

Ryan Wilson tossed eight innings, and allowed just two runs on four hits. Lakewood picked up both runs on one of Wilson’s only mistakes. Carlos De La Cruz blasted a two run homer off of Wilson in the fifth, but the BlueClaws could not touch him after that.

Aberdeen IronBirds 4, Williamsport Crosscutters (Phillies) 3

The IronBirds rallied from three down for a walk-off, 4-3 victory. Both teams failed to score through the first six innings, but Aberdeen found itself trailing by three in the ninth. Trey Truitt trimmed the deficit to one with a home run to center field. With two outs, Toby Welk kept the inning alive with a single to left.

Welk advanced to second on a balk, and was replaced by pinch-runner Zach Watson. Watson would advance to third on the second balk of the inning, and suddenly Aberdeen had the tying run only 90 feet away. Ian Evans laced a single up the middle to plate Watson and tie the game.

Aberdeen elected again for a pinch-runner, and Irving Ortega came in to replace Evans. Somehow, Ortega advanced to second on the third balk of the inning. I did not see footage of these balks, but the third call led to Williamsport manager Pat Borders begin ejected from the game.

Tristan Graham stepped up with a runner in scoring position, and laced a sharp grounder to short. The shortstop made a diving stop, but his throw pulled the first baseman off the bag. When the first baseman did not immediately get back up after making a diving stop, Ortega broke for home. Ortega would have been out, but the ball popped out on the tag, and Aberdeen escaped with a win. Minor League baseball man...

Complete box scores for Yesterday’s games can be found here.

Today’s scheduled games:

Norfolk vs Rochester, 7:05. Starter: Dan Straily

Bowie vs Harrisburg, 7:05. Starter: Michael Baumann

Delmarva vs Lakewood, 7:05. Starter: Hector Guance