*** Baltimore Orioles Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
OTTAWA LYNX - The Lynx have won three out of their last four games and now stand just one game below .500 on the season at 8-9. The squad is currently just 2 1/2 games back of Rochester for first place in the International League's North Division. OF Jack Cust led the Ottawa charge over the last four games, batting .533 with four RBI and five walks. IF Mike Fontenot was also effective over the last four contests, going 7-for-18 with five runs scored and four RBI. He has now raised his average to .295 on the season. OF Chad Mottola appeared in three of the squad's last four outings and in that time he went 6-for-13 with six runs scored. On the season, Mottola is batting a solid .304 with 11 runs scored. RHP Dave Borkowski evened his record at 2-2 over this past weekend with a solid effort in a 9-6 victory over Buffalo on April 25th. In that game, he went seven strong inning allowing just one run on six hits, while striking out five. LHP Joe Gannon continues to struggle and was tagged for nine earned runs in an 11-5 loss to Buffalo on April 23rd. He allowed just two hits to Buffalo, but walked 12 batters and threw four wild pitches in only three innings of work. Gannon is now 0-3 with an ERA of 12.21 in three appearances this season.
BOWIE BAYSOX - The Baysox swept a three games series from Portland this past weekend and have now four straight games and five of their last six overall. With the recent success the squad has improved to 9-7 on the season and are a 1/2 game up on Akron for first place in the Eastern League's Southern Division standings. C Eli Whiteside paced the Baysox in the three-game series with Portland, going 3-for-8 with two doubles and three RBI. OF Kris Wilken also had a solid series with three hits and four runs in nine plate appearances. The team's leading hitter (.303) and RBI (11) man, OF Val Majewski went just 1-for-13 with three strikeouts in the three game set with Portland. RHP Cory Morris notched his first win of the season in the team's 5-1 win over Portland on April 24th. In that contest, he threw five scoreless and hitless innings while striking out seven and walking five. RHP Jon Maine improved to a perfect 3-0 on the season following the Baysox's 5-3 triumph over Portland on April 25th. He allowed just one run and two hits over 5 1/3 innings of work in the win, lowering his ERA to 2.57 on the season. He has also struckout an impressive 26 batters in 21 innings this year.
FREDERICK KEYS - The Keys have struggled of late, losing four of their last five games, including two of three to the Wilmington Blue Rocks in this past weekend's set. The club has now fallen into last place in the Carolina League's Northern Division standings at 3-12. In the three game set with Wilmington, IF Tripper Johnson tore the cover off the ball, going 5-for-10 with five RBI and three runs scored. IF Doug Gredvig also had a solid series with four hits and five RBI in just eight at-bats. He is now batting a team- best .333 this season with five doubles and 12 RBI. RHP Chris Piersoll picked up the team's only win in the series with Wilmington, despite allowing four earned runs in just two innings of relief.
DELMARVA SHOREBIRDS - After winning three straight games, the Shorebirds dropped two of three games this past weekend. The losses, put the squad under .500 overall at 7-8 which is good for fifth place in the South Atlantic League's Northern League standings. Over the last four games, OF Bryan Bass has stepped up his play, going 5-for-10 with two doubles and a home run. IF Travis Brown was also productive over the Shorebirds last four contests, with a .444 batting average and four RBI. LHP Adam Loewen earned his first victory of the season on April 22nd with six scoreless innings of an 1-0 triumph over Columbus. RHP Christopher Ray also achieved his first win of the season on April 24th in an 11-0 romping of Rome. In that game he allowed no runs and just two hits over seven innings. Ray has allowed just one run in 19 innings pitched this season.