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Orioles minor league recap 7/9: Hays homers, Hanifee and Stauffer excel on the mound

Austin Hays blasted a solo shot in the first inning of a rehab start for Aberdeen, and both Orioles affiliates in action received quality pitching performances.

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Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox) 3, Frederick Keys 2

Frederick scored once in the ninth, but the Keys failed to complete the comeback in a 3-2 loss to the Dash. Patrick Dorrian singled to score J.C. Escarra and cut the lead to one, but Ryan Ripken popped out to center and Yeltsin Gudino bounced out to short to end the game.

Winston-Salem took the lead after scoring once in the seventh and adding another in the eighth. Keys starter Brenan Hanifee allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out six, and did not walk a batter. Luis Perez gave up one run in the eighth that would eventually prove to be the dagger. Hanifee, a fourth round pick in 2016, had struggled in his last three starts prior to last night. However, he allowed two runs or fewer in the four starts prior to those three.

Jomar Reyes finished 2-4, and Kirvin Moesquit finished 2-2 in the nine-hole. Escarra finished 1-3, and scored both of Frederick’s runs.

Lowell Spinners (Red Sox) 5, Aberdeen IronBirds 3

Aberdeen held a three-run lead in this one before the bullpen let the Spinners back in the ball game. Yelin Rodriguez allowed two runs in the seventh and one more in the eight to even the score. Aberdeen starter Adam Stauffer did not allow a run in five innings. Stauffer, who exited in line for his third win, allowed four hits and struck out four. The 19th round pick in the 2017 draft now holds a 1.07 ERA in five starts. He is 20 years old.

Lowell completed the comeback with a two-run double in the top of the ninth. Malachi Emond took the loss after Jaxx Groshans put Lowell ahead. Aberdeen did not bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom half of the inning.

Austin Hays got the IronBirds on the board with a solo shot in the bottom of the first. Hays, who is in Aberdeen on a rehab assignment, has two homers in his last four games. Maverick Handley ripped an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth, and Trey Truitt followed with a sacrifice fly and the IronBirds third run of the game.

Complete box scores to yesterday’s games can be found here.

Today’s scheduled games:

Frederick at Winston-Salem, 7:00. Starter: Cameron Bishop (0-6, 5.03)

Delmarva at West Virginia, 7:05. Starter: TBD

Aberdeen vs. Lowell, 11:05. Starter: TBD