BALTIMORE—Dillon Tate was a centerpiece to the trade that the Baltimore Orioles made with the New York Yankees last week for Zach Britton. The Double-A minor league pitcher had been with the Trenton Thunder in the Eastern League all season and moved to Bowie after the July 24 deal.
Tate made his debut for the Baysox on July 29 in the first game of a doubleheader in Harrisburg against the Senators. The right-hander went 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits in a 5-4 loss in a seven-inning game. The loss dropped his record to 5-3 overall this season with an ERA of 3.58. He gave up two runs in the first and third innings plus one more in the sixth.
The Orioles organization is hoping for big things from Tate. He was a first-round pick by the Texas Rangers in the 2015 draft and went to the Yankees in a 2016 deal. Tate was part of a group of newly-acquired players who came to Oriole Park on July 27 after a rainout in Harrisburg, saying being traded did not bother him and he was happy to join the Orioles.
“It’s always great to be wanted,” Tate said in an interview with the MASN Network. “Thankful for that and thankful for this new opportunity with the Orioles. I’m happy to be here.”
Right-hander Dean Kremer, who came to the Orioles and Bowie in the Manny Machado deal, started the second game of the doubleheader. He gave up three runs on five hits in five innings and took a no-decision in the 4-3 loss where Bowie wasted an early three-run lead.
The first two games of the Harrisburg series, on July 26 and 27, both were rained out. Also, the first rainout became part of the doubleheader on the 29th. Meanwhile, on July 28, the first playable date in the series, Bowie came away with a 9-2 victory.
A five-run first inning did most of the damage in this game. First, Ryan Mountcastle, who played as a designated hitter for this game, made it 1-0 with an RBI single. Jaycob Brugman (two-run double), Rylan Bannon (RBI double) and Martin Cervenka (RBI single) drove in the other four runs of the inning. Hitters Ryan McKenna and Aderlin Rodriguez added solo home runs later on in the win.
Starting pitcher Keegan Akin got the win thanks to six strong innings and improved to 10-6 on the season. He only gave up two runs on the seven hits.
Baysox ride Rumble Ponies in Home Series
The Baysox took two of three from Binghamton in a home series before that from July 23-25 before heading up to Harrisburg.
The game one began on July 23 but was suspended and had to be finished the following day, with Bowie pulling out a 9-3 victory. A big six-run sixth inning snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Baysox that victory. Infielder Aderlin Rodriguez put Bowie ahead with an RBI single before Anderson Feliz (two-run single), Cervenka (RBI single), shortstop Erick Salcedo (RBI single) and designated hitter Corban Joseph (sacrifice fly) took care of the rest. Florida native Brian Gonzalez (3-5) got the win with seven innings of solid relief.
Binghamton scored a 7-3 victory in the second game that night.
Bowie came back on July 25 and beat the Rumble Ponies 10-5 in a matinee game that began at 11:05 a.m. The game was tied at five before Bowie took over thanks to a five-run seventh. An error gave the Baysox the lead for good before Feliz’s RBI single made it 7-5. Salcedo stretched it to 8-5 with his RBI single before McKenna’s two-run double gave Bowie a five-run lead.
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