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Orioles minor league recap 7/23: Bowie just misses no-hitter, dominates in doubleheader

Bowie blanked Richmond in both legs of a doubleheader, and came just an out away from a combined no-hitter. Frederick never saw action due to a power outage.

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Game 1: Bowie Baysox 5, Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants) 0

Bowie blanked the Flying Squirrels in the first game of an abridged doubleheader. Bruce Zimmermann started for the Baysox and pitched all seven innings. Zimmermann, who came to Baltimore in the Kevin Gausman trade with Atlanta, allowed five hits and struck out four. He did not walk a batter, and lowered his ERA to 2.58 on the season.

Bowie took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning, and added three more in the seventh. The Baysox struck first on a Mason McCoy single to center field, and added another run on a Cedric Mullins sacrifice fly. McCoy finished 2-4 on the evening, while Mullins finished 1-2 with a walk and a stolen base.

McCoy came around to score in the seventh after Richmond’s pitcher could not handle a ball hit by Yusniel Diaz. Mullins later scored on an RBI ground out by Rylan Bannon, and Jesmuel Valentin plated Ryan McKenna with a single for the fifth run of the game. McKenna finished 2-3 and also worked a walk, and Valentin went 2-4 on the evening.

Game 2: Bowie Baysox 2, Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants) 0

Bowie blanked Richmond once again in the nightcap and came close to a combined no-hitter in the shortened game. Cody Sedlock did not allow a hit in five scoreless frames for the Baysox. Sedlock, the Orioles first-round pick in 2016, struck out seven batters while walking three.

Cristian Alvarado replaced Sedlock in the sixth inning. Sedlock had thrown 70 pitches (43 for strikes), but did not receive a decision due to Bowie’s early struggles at the plate. Alvarado sat the Squirrels down in order in the sixth, and had fans thinking about a combined no-no. However, Alvarado allowed a double to Jacob Heyward with two down in the final inning. Still, Alvarado recovered to strikeout Richmond’s final hitter and secure the victory for Bowie.

Interestingly enough, Richmond came just one out from being no-hit the night before by Erie’s Spenser Watkins.

Bowie took the lead with a pair of runs in the seventh inning. Ryan Ripken took one for the team with the bases loaded to get the Baysox on the board, and Carlos Perez scored on a wild pitch for the 2-0 victory.

Frederick Keys at Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians) POSTPONED: GAMES 1 & 2

Both games at Calvin Field in Lynchburg were canceled due to a power outage. The power outage was caused by heavy rainfall in the area, and neither game will be made up this season.

Aberdeen IronBirds 6, Staten Island Yankees (Yankees) 2

Aberdeen made it a clean sweep for the O’s affiliates that saw action last night. Dallas Litscher held the Yankees to just one run in 5.2 innings to pick up the win. Litscher struck out seven while only allowing three hits. His only major mistake resulted in a solo home run in the sixth inning.

Johnny Rizer, Kyle Stowers and Luke Ringhofer each tallied a multi-hit game for the IronBirds. Rizer and first baseman Toby Welk both finished with a pair of RBIs. Stowers also stole two bases. Litscher moved to 4-0 on the season.

Complete box scores from Monday’s games can be found here.

Today’s scheduled games:

Norfolk at Rochester, 7:05. Starter: Chandler Shepherd (0-8, 8.20)

Bowie at Richmond, 6:35. Starter: Dean Kremer (6-4, 3.34)

Frederick vs. Myrtle Beach, 7:00. Starter: Cameron Bishop (0-8, 5.14)

Delmarva vs. Greenville, 7:05. Starter: Hector Guance, (7-3, 3.79)

Aberdeen vs. Lowell, 7:05. Starter: TBD