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Orioles minor league recap 7/5: Diaz homers again as Bowie trounces Harrisburg 13-0

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There was some good starting pitching down on the farm as only the Norfolk Tides lost.

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Yusniel Diaz at spring training
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Charlotte Knights (CWS) 2, Norfolk Tides 2

Dan Straily continues to prove that while he may not be good enough for the majors, he’s probably too good for the minors. After two starts for the Tides he has yet to allow a run, yesterday going 5.1 innings with just two hits allowed. He walked three, struck out five, and exited the game having thrown 84 pitches.

The bullpen couldn’t keep up his good work though, with Evan Phillips loading the bases with two outs in the seventh before being pulled from the game. His replacement, Tayler Scott, allowed two of those runners to score before getting out of the jam. Tanner Scott replaced Tayler Scott (confusing, I know) and walked a guy, allowed him to get to second on a wild pitch, and the gave up the walk off single to lose the game.

On offense, the Tides scored a single run in the second inning on a Jesus Sucre RBI single and another in the fifth on a solo homer from Austin Wynns. In case you’re wondering about how two catchers were in the game at the same time, Sucre was the designated hitter. Ryan Mountcastle and Cedric Mullins were both 1-for-4. Jace Peterson was 2-for-3 with a walk.

Bowie Baysox 13, Harrisburg Senators (WAS) 0

I am officially on the promote Bruce Zimmermann to Norfolk train. Who exactly is blocking him? Zimmermann pitched seven shutout innings last night, allowing five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. He also kept the ball on the ground well, inducing seven ground ball outs to just three fly ball outs. His ERA is now 2.52.

Zimmermann’s teammates gave him a comfortable lead early, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings. Yusniel Diaz, Rylan Bannon, and Jesmuel Valentin all homered in the first inning alone. Diaz and Valentin’s homers were part of two-hit games for both, while shortstop Mason McCoy also had two hits. Ryan McKenna went 3-for-4 with two doubles and rehabbing D.J Stewart was 0-for-3 with two walks.

Frederick Keys @ Carolina Mudcats (MIL) - PPD

Last night’s game was postponed due to rain and will be made up tonight as part of a doubleheader.

Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Hagerstown Suns (WAS) 2

Hector Guance pitched five innings with two runs and it was tale of one bad inning. Both runs scored in the third inning, an inning where Guance hit two batters and walked a batter before an RBI single resulted in the first run and his own throwing error resulted in the second. Other than that, Guance allowed just one other batter to reach via a single in the fifth inning. His final pitching line: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.

The Shorebirds scored one run in the first inning on a ground out from Cadyn Grenier and two in the second on bases-loaded double from Robert Neustrom. They didn’t score again, but it was just enough. Both Grenier and Adam Hall were hitless in the game, with Hall picking up a walk.

Aberdeen IronBirds 6, Brooklyn Cyclones (NYM) 2 - F/10

Twenty-one year old Leonardo Rodriguez started for the IronBirds and had himself a night. Rodriguez pitched six shutout innings with just three hits and a walk while racking up 10 strikeouts. 2019 draft pick Malachi Emond (18th round) blew a two-run lead in the eighth inning, allowing two singles and a two-RBI double. He followed that with a scoreless ninth, however, which gave the Ironbirds the chance to score four-runs in the top of the 10th to take the lead.

Rehabbing Austin Hays started in center field and went 1-for-3 with a home run. Also rehabbing Martin Cervenka DH’d and was 0-for-3 with two walks. Kyle Stowers, drafted in the competitive balance round this year, went 1-for-5 with an RBI.

For more information on last night’s games, including the games of the Dominican Summer and Gulf Coast Leagues, check out MiLB.com.

Today’s Games

  • Norfolk @ Charlotte, 7:04. Starter: Keegan Akin
  • Bowie vs. Harrisburg, 7:05. Starter: Zac Lowther
  • Frederick @ Carolina, 5:00. Game 1 starter: David Lebron. Game 2: TBD
  • Delmarva vs. Hagerstown, 7:05. Starter: Nick Vespi
  • Aberdeen @ Brooklyn, 7:00. Starter: TBD