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Orioles minor league recap 7/17: Michael Baumann throws a no-hitter in Bowie

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Who doesn’t love an Orioles minor league no-hitter? The other team, probably.

Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Norfolk Tides 6, Rochester (Twins) 3

The story of this one was the pitching of guys who have been Orioles already this year and if they get their act together will be Orioles again. Dan Straily got things started with a 5.1 inning outing, with three runs allowed on five hits, a walk, and seven strikeouts.

Same for David Hess - 1.2 scoreless, no hits or walks, a strikeout - and Tanner Scott, who picked up the save by going the final two innings. Scott scattered three hits, did not walk anyone, and struck out two. Triple-A ERAs for this bunch now: Straily - 3.00, Hess - 3.07, Scott - 3.23. That’s moving in the right direction.

On offense for the Tides, the three-run home run hit by former Yankees farmhand Mason Williams proved to be the difference-maker. That was the 13th of the season for Williams. Ryan Mountcastle had a single and a double in the game. Austin Hays was 0-3 but did draw a walk.

Bowie Baysox 6, Harrisburg (Walgreens) 0

Michael Baumann did the dang thing. Needing only 94 pitches, the 23-year-old righty who the O’s snagged in the third round in 2017 no-hit the Senators. Baumann struck out ten and walked just two in his third start (fifth game) since being promoted to Bowie. It’s added up to a 0.33 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. He was reportedly still hitting 97mph with his fastball in the ninth. Bowie’s last no-hitter was thrown by Radhames Liz in 2007.

Bowie hitters did not miss the party. Every one in the starting lineup got a hit in the game. Right fielder Ryan McKenna starred especially, notching three hits and stealing three bases in the game. That makes 16 steals on the year for him. He’s been caught six times. Recently-demoted Cedric Mullins had a double and a walk.

Ryan Ripken, nephew of Billy, has been promoted to Bowie, though he didn’t play in this game.

Frederick Keys - OFF

Lakewood (Phillies) 7, Delmarva Shorebirds 4

The Shorebirds gave up three runs in the ninth to get clipped by the Blue Claws here. The good news is that the performance of the Shorebirds bullpen probably won’t have a ton to do with the future success of the Orioles.

Each team had only six hits. Shortstop Adam Hall grabbed two for the Shorebirds, including his fourth home run of the season. Hall probably has the position all to himself now that 2018 pick Cadyn Grenier has been promoted to Frederick. Hall’s been having a fine season at the plate, batting .314/.396/.420 to date, though he also committed his ninth error of the season.

Aberdeen IronBirds - OFF

Complete box scores from Tuesday’s games, including the adventures of the GCL Orioles and one DSL Orioles team, can be found here.

Wednesday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs. Rochester, 7:05. Starter: Chandler Shepherd
  • Bowie: vs. Harrisburg, 12:05. Starter: TBD
  • Frederick: at Potomac, 7:05. Starter: David Lebron
  • Delmarva: vs. Lakewood, 7:05. Starter: Nick Vespi
  • Aberdeen: vs. Connecticut, 7:05. Starter: A different TBD