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Orioles minor league recap 8/13: Bruce Zimmermann makes impressive debut in O’s system

It was a mixed bag for the Birds affiliates on a rainy, offensively depressed day down on the farm.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Clippers (Indians) 1, Norfolk Tides 0

From innings two through nine, the Clippers offense was no-hit. Unfortunately, they had two singles in the first inning and scored the only run they would need. Norfolk’s hitters couldn’t get anything going. Luis Sardinas had their only extra base hit, a double. Breyvic Valera, DJ Stewart and Pedro Alvarez each singled. Valera added a walk as well. Chance Sisco went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Luis Ysla continued his run of success for the Tides. He allowed just that one run in five innings of work while serving up two hits, three walks and striking out four. Michael Kelly and Tim Melville delivered two scoreless innings each.

Game 1: Bowie Baysox 3, Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies) 1 F/6/Rain

More early scoring. All four runs crossed the plate in the first inning. Ryan McKenna, Corban Joseph and Ryan Mountcastle led off the game with consecutive. McKenna scored on a sac fly by Aderlin Rodriguez. A walk to Yusniel Diaz loaded the bases once again. The Baysox second run came home on an Anderson Feliz single. Rylan Bannon put a cap on the scoring with another sac fly. Diaz and Erick Salcedo both singled later, and McKenna stole his first base at the Double-A level.

Bruce Zimmermann made his Orioles organization debut after coming over in the Kevin Gausman/Darren O’Day with the Braves. He spun a gem. Over five innings, the lefty gave up the one run on four hits, a walk and five strikeouts.

Game 2: Baysox —, Yard Goats —


Frederick Keys —, Buies Creek Astros (Astros) —


Colombia Fireflies (Mets) 2, Delmarva Shorebirds 1 F/10

The lone Shorebirds run came on a Branden Becker double in the fourth inning. Mason McCoy was the only Delmarva hitter to record multiple hits; he had two singles. Jean Carlos Encarnacion and Jean Carrillo recorded a single each. Seamus Curran reached base twice on walks.

Jhon Peluffo started on the mound and allowed just one run on four hits, three walks and two strikeouts to lower his season ERA to 5.56. Southpaw Cameron Ming tossed four scoreless frames in relief, striking out three. Diogenes Almengo took the loss after allowing a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th.

Game 1: Hudson Valley Renegades (Rays) 1, Aberdeen IronBirds 0

Like their friends in Norfolk, the IronBirds only allowed one run, and it came in the first inning, but their offense was unable to overcome that deficit. Hector Guance pitched all six innings for Aberdeen, striking out four while allowing the one run on four hits and a walk.

The IronBirds only struck out once as a team, but they didn’t work any walks and had only three hits. Robert Neustrom and Adam Hall both singled in two trips to the plate. Jean Carmona doubled in the seventh inning and nearly came around to score but was thrown out at the plate to end the game.

Game 2: Aberdeen 4, Hudson Valley 2

This was the offensive outburst of the day in the O’s system. Hall notched two singles. Carmona had a single, double and 2 RBI. Cody Roberts registered a walk, single, double and RBI. Irving Ortega added an RBI triple.

It was a bullpen type of game for the IronBirds pitching staff. Gray Fenter began on the bump and served up two runs in three innings of work to go with four strikeouts and two walks. Zach Matson, Ryan O’Rourke and Ryan Conroy combined four four scoreless innings to finish up the win.

Box scores for all of the O’s minor league teams

Thursday’s games

  • Tides at Pawtucket (Boston), 7:05 p.m. ET, Starter: LHP John Rogers (7-9, 3.54 ERA)
  • Shorebirds at Fireflies, 7:05 p.m. ET, Starter: RHP Brenan Hanifee (7-5, 2.92 ERA)