Minor league notes

The Double-A Bowie Baysox are trying to become the fourth Orioles farm club to make the playoffs, joining the Gulf Coast and Dominican Summer League teams and the Single-A Frederick Keys.

Bowie beat Akron 9-1 last night, snapping a six-game losing streak against that club. The Baysox are now a half-game behind first-place Harrisburg, but two games ahead of Richmond for second place and a playoff spot. Bowie is 70-57 with 14 games to play.

The Baysox are 35-28 at home and 35-29 on the road.

Ronnie Welty, in his second game since coming off the disabled list, had three RBIs in Monday’s win. Right-hander Bobby Bundy (1-2, 9.90 ERA) gets the start for Bowie tonight.

Two Frederick Keys pitchers are putting together stats with the Keys that far exceed the numbers they posted earlier with Single-A Delmarva.

Lefty Jacob Pettit, a 42nd-round draft pick last year out of Western Oregon State College, was 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA and .298 batting average against with the Shorebirds and is now 5-0 with an ERA of 1.38 in eight Keys starts.

Pettit pitched six shutout innings of three-hit ball in Frederick’s win last night. Over 45 2/3 innings in the Carolina League he has allowed 36 hits, 11 walks and 33 strikeouts with a batting average against of .221.

In six of his eight starts, he gave up one earned run or less and three times he has pitched six scoreless innings.

Meanwhile, right-hander Scott Copeland went 5-9 with an ERA of 6.58 in 20 Delmarva starts and is now 3-0 with an 0.52 ERA in three starts with Frederick, giving up just one earned run over 17 1/3 innings and a .190 average.

The 23-year-old Copeland, who starts tonight, is a 21st-round pick from 2010 out of Southern Mississippi.

Here are the team ERAs in the organization right now:

1.89 - Gulf Coast League O’s
3.26 - Frederick
3.37 - Dominican Summer League O’s
3.67 - Bowie
4.29 - Norfolk
4.67 - Delmarva
4.77 - Aberdeen

The Delmarva Shorebirds have released their schedule for the 2012 South Atlantic League season. It includes 70 home games at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium with 22 of the home dates landing on a Friday or Saturday night.

The Shorebirds will open on the road in Asheville, N.C., on Thursday, April 5 with a four-game series against the Tourists (Colorado Rockies). The home opener at Perdue Stadium is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Florida Marlins).

The ‘Birds will play 14 home games in April, 14 in May, 13 in June, 16 in July and 13 in August. The season will conclude Sept. 3 on the road against West Virginia.

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