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Orioles minor league recap 7/22: DJ Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle keep on hitting

It was a bright day for Orioles prospects up and down the farm system.

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Norfolk Tides 4, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies) 3

After Saturday’s 12-11 slugfest, this one was a tamer affair, even though the Tides racked up nine hits. DJ Stewart supplied most of the lumber with a two-run blast in the third. Austin Hays was 1-for-4, including a double, and Ryan Mountcastle went 3-for-3 to bring up his average to .304. Jace Peterson singled twice to extend an 11-game hit streak.

In other news, Dan Straily had a decent outing to help the Tides complete a three-game sweep of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Straily tossed six innings of one-run, four-hit ball to go 3-0 with a 2.67 ERA through five starts with Norfolk. Huh. If Straily could do that at the major league level, we’d take it.

Hunter Harvey (0-1, 8.22 with Norfolk) had a messy, but not fatally bad, outing over two innings of relief. He struck out the first two batters he faced in a clean seventh but got into hot water with two outs in the eighth, giving up a double, a walk, and two straight singles for two earned runs. Harvey did shut the door on the rally, though, with a strikeout. Tayler Scott earned the save, allowing just a two-out single.

Bowie Baysox 6, Altoona Curve (Pirates) 8

Bowie walked off Saturday night, then went and coughed up a six-run lead to lose on Sunday. Still, there were a lot of positives for the 53-45 Bowie. The offense remained hot—it’s not often that the losing team collects 14 hits to the winning team’s 8, but the game of baseball is crazy sometimes. Ryan Ripken is taking his recent promotion and running with it—he’s .500 in his last 3 games, including a 3-for-4 showing tonight. TJ Nichting had a two-run homer, Yusniel Diaz was 2-for-5 with a run batted in, and Ryan McKenna had two hits, including a triple.

Michael Baumann no-hit the Curve for three innings and shut them out through five. He allowed a pair of two-out singles to score one in the sixth, then reliever Steven Klimek allowed two of the inherited runners to score, leaving Baumann with the following line: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 SO (and a 1.10 ERA in 6 games). Relievers Jay Flaa and Zach Muckenhirn allowed the game to slip away in the eighth and ninth with five earned runs on two home runs.

Frederick Keys at Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians) PPD

Not a single pitch was thrown in this game, which went down as a casualty of the stormy weather. The Keys will play a doubleheader tomorrow as a makeup.

West Virginia Power (Mariners) 2, Delmarva Shorebirds 3, F/11

The 69-31 Shorebirds pulled out an eleven-inning victory when Jaylen Ferguson singled in the inherited runner. The Shorebirds didn’t get on the board until the sixth inning, when Robert Neustrom singled home Jaylen Ferguson, who had a 3-for-5 day himself, including driving in the winning run.

The unsung Ryan Wilson, a 33rd-round signing in 2017, pitched five innings over which he struck out seven and allowed just one earned run. He’s 5-3 with a 2.72 ERA for Delmarva. The Shorebirds got four scoreless innings from four pitchers after Wilson: Jose Alejandro, in his first appearance since getting promoted, Felix Bautista, the righty Reed Hayes, and Ruben Garcia.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 5, Staten Island Yankees 1

After stomping all over the Yankees’ Class A affiliate on Saturday, 11-0, the Ironbirds continued their roll. Johnny Rizer, Andrew Daschbach, Dalton Hoiles, and 21st-round pick Toby Welk are mashing, going a combined 7-for-17 with two doubles and 4 RBIs on Sunday.

A ninth-round pick in 2018, the lefty Kevin Magee (1-4, 3.73) tossed five innings of one-run ball. Magee allowed a double and a single in the first inning, but put up zeros for the rest of the game. Relievers Morgan McSweeney and Kyle Martin finished up the game with twin two-inning appearances: each allowed one hit, no runs, and struck out three.

Complete box scores from Sunday’s games can be found here.

Monday’s scheduled games:

  • Bowie vs. Richmond, 5:05 PM. Starter: TBD
  • Bowie vs. Richmond (Game 2). Starter: TBD
  • Frederick at Lynchburg, 5:00 PM. Starter: Brenan Hanifee (6-9, 4.40)
  • Frederick at Lynchburg (Game 2). Starter: Cameron Bishop (0-8, 5.14)
  • Delmarva at West Virginia, 2:05 PM. Starter: Ryan Wilson (5-3, 2.80)
  • Aberdeen at Staten Island, 11:00 AM. Starter: TBD