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Orioles minor league recap 6/18: Leyba and Jones keep hitting, Mickey Jannis makes first start, O’s affiliates sweep the day

Domingo Leyba and Jahmai Jones continued to make a case for a call up. Mickey Jannis impressed during his first start of the season, and Cody Sedlock and Blaine Knight piggybacked their way to a win.

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Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 10, Durham Bulls (Rays) 6

Mickey Jannis made his first start of the season and did not disappoint. The knuckleballer allowed two runs on six hits and one walk. He struck out three and gave up a solo home run in the second inning. The outing brought his season ERA to 2.92 through 24.2 innings.

Domingo Leyba tallied his fourth home run since joining the organization earlier this month. Leyba is now hitting .344 with a 1.121 OPS. In case you missed it, I wouldn’t mind seeing Leyba with the Orioles right now.

Baltimore could also turn to prospect Jahmai Jones for help at second base. Jones has hit safely in every game since returning from an oblique injury. He finished 3-5 with a run scored.

Both Ryan McKenna and Tyler Nevin delivered two-run home runs in this one. Chance Sisco and Mason McCoy added a hit, while Brett Cumberland finished 0-4.

Double-A: Bowie Baysox 4, Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland) 3

Cody Sedlock continued an impressive stretch with another solid outing. The former first-round pick allowed six hits, two runs (one earned), walked a batter and struck out three over five innings. Blaine Knight followed Sedlock and allowed just one hit in the final four innings. Both Knight and Sedlock have exceeded expectations so far this season.

Johnny Rizer remained hot with a solo home run in the sixth inning. Doran Turchin added a solo shot of his own, and Robert Neustrom finished 2-3 with two RBIs. Adley Rutschman went hitless in four at bats, and Cadyn Grenier cooled off with an 0-4 performance.

High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 9, Asheville Tourists (Astros) 8

Aberdeen starter Garrett Stallings and reliever Morgan McSweeney allowed all eight of the Tourists’ runs in the third and fourth innings. Easton Lucas, Kade Strowd and Felix Bautista combined for four scoreless frames to clinch a victory for Aberdeen.

Andrew Daschbach led Aberdeen with three hits and a walk. Jordan Westburg finished 2-5 but did strike out three times. AJ Graffanino added a pair of hits, and Maverick Handley blasted a three-run home run. Adam Hall was the only IronBird to not record a hit, but he did walk twice.

Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Salem Red Sox 1

Starter Griffin McLarty allowed just one run in 4.1 innings, and Jake Lyons followed with 4.2 scoreless frames. Baltimore picked McLarty in the eighth round of the 2019 draft and selected Lyons 13 rounds later. McLarty struck out seven batters and Lyons K’d eight more.

Delmarva tallied their five runs with some serious small ball. Jean Carmona drove in the first run with a single in the second. The Shorebirds gained a two-run lead on a throwing error and picked up their third run with a fielder’s choice. Darrell Hernaiz plated a run with a bunt single, and Delmarva’s fifth run came via a wild pitch.

Delmarva’s victory provided Baltimore’s affiliates a clean sweep on the night.

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

Friday’s scheduled games:

  • Norfolk: vs Durham, 7:05. Starter: Zac Lowther (0-2, 5.28 ERA)
  • Bowie: vs Akron, 7:05. Starter: Gray Fenter (3-2, 8.75 ERA)
  • Aberdeen: at Asheville, 6:35. Starter: TBD
  • Delmarva: vs Salem, 7:05. Starter: Ignacio Feliz (1-0, 1.59 ERA)