Orioles win in final at-bat over Braves in Dixie Minor League action

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 24, 2000

The Orioles fell behind the Braves during Dixie Minor League play last week, only to come back with nine runs to post a 12-11 victory on May 15.

The Orioles led the ball game when they scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Blake Mullins, Jamonty Pilson, Davis Watts and K. Lewis all scored. Kyle Paez had the key hit of the inning with a two-run double to rightfield.

The score remained 4-0 until the top of the third when the Braves scored five runs to take a one-run lead. Jeremy Robinson, Stimpson Crosby, Adam Vickery and Trent Jones each scored and Aaron Callen and Kendall Jones each had an RBI.

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The Braves added to their lead in the top of the fourth as Matt Hutcheson, Robinson, Chris Smith, Crosby, Vickery, Jones and Chris Smith scored, making the score 11-4.

But, the Orioles came right back in the bottom of the fourth as Pilson, Davis Watts, Alan Thompson, Paez, Mark McGough, Jeffrey Stead, Trey Bowen, Logan Ausderay and Norman McGowin scored to give the O's a 12-11 victory. K. Lewis had the key hit of the inning with a two-out, two-run triple that brought the winning runs home.

Mullins earned the victory on the mound for the Orioles.

Pirates 10, Orioles 1

There was no comeback for the Orioles in their next game as the Pirates outslugged them for a 10-1 victory on May 18.

Mac McCrary scored the first run of the game in the first inning on a wild pitch to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

The Orioles kept the game even as Pilson scored in the bottom half of the inning.

The Pirates took a one-point advantage into the third as Paul Hendrix came around to make the score 2-1.

The Pirates put the game away in the fifth as McCrary, Hendrix, Paul Hunter, Ethan Pitts, Shaun Cook, Jeremy Fields, Dalton Carter and Jeremy Huckabee scored. In his second time at the plate, Hunter delivered a three-RBI triple. Pitts hit an RBI triple earlier in the inning.

Hunter pitched the victory for the Pirates as he dominated the Oriole lineup with 13 strikeouts, including three straight to end the game.

Marlins 17, Cardinals 4

The Marlins improved their record with a convincing win over the Cardinals, 17-4 on May 15.

The Marlins began the game by scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. Nicholas Albritton, Zac Smith, Nicholas Blackmon, Blake Reaves and Rocky Harrell all scored during the inning.

The Cards kept the game close with two runs in the bottom of the inning as Jason Tutchtone and Danny Spann scored on a double by Wade Ballard.

But, the Marlins pulled away in the second as Albritton, Ethan Mauch, Smith and Brantley McKeown scored to give them a 9-2 lead.

They added to their lead in the third as DeWayne Crenshaw, Derek Thomley and Adam Braden came around to make the score 12-2.

The Marlins' Albritton, Mauch, Smith, Sherod Bell and McKeown scored in the top of the fourth, giving them a 17-2 lead.

The Cardinals tried to come back in the bottom of the fourth as Tutchtone and Spann scored on a fielder's choice by Ballard to make the final score 17-4.

Braves 16, Cardinals 4

The Cardinals didn't have much luck against the Braves on May 18 as they were defeated by a score of 16-4.

The Braves jumped on top of the Cards in the first inning as Jones and Joshua Longmire

scored. Longmire hit an RBI triple to score Jones.

The Cardinals' Spann and Clark Young both scored in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at


The Braves exploded in the second inning as Vickery, Adam Callen, Matt Hutcheson, Bobby Martin, Chris Smith, Justin Rhodes and Crosby scored. Callen and Longmire each had two-run doubles in the inning to make the score 11-2.

The Cardinals cut the lead again in the bottom of the second as Ryan Piggott and Sanders Hancock scored to make the score 11-4.

But, the Braves scored five more in the top of the third as Vickery, Hutcheson, Chris Smith, Rhodes and Crosby scored. Callen delivered a key hit in the inning with a two-RBI basehit.

Joshua Longmire pitched in the victory for the Braves.