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Orioles minor league recap 7/27: Grayson Rodriguez mows them down in Delmarva

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Four of the five top Orioles affiliates lost on Friday night. Delmarva was the sole winner.

Grayson Rodriguez waves to the Camden Yards crowd Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Lehigh Valley IronPigs 11, Norfolk Tides 2

The Tides got shellacked by the IronPigs on Friday night, with left-hander Keegan Akin taking the loss. He gave up three runs over three innings, allowing five hits while walking two batters and striking out two. On the year, Akin now has a 4.66 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. The next two pitchers in the game, Luis Ysla and Matt Wotherspoon, gave up five and three runs, respectively.

On offense, first baseman Ryan Mountcastle was 2-for-4 and accounted for both of the Tides’ runs scored. The only other Norfolk players in the lineup with a hit were Jesus Sucre and Christopher Bostick, the latter of whom also had a stolen base. The team was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies 6, Bowie Baysox 0

The Baysox had a tough loss last night, getting six hits in the game but shutout in the run column. Alex Wells had an unfortunate start, but on the plus side his ERA is still only 2.17 after allowing five runs in 5.2 innings. He allowed nine hits (1 HR), struck out four batters and didn’t allow any walks.

At the plate, Cedric Mullins was 2-for-4 was his sixth stolen base of the year for Bowie. He’s now hitting .213/.290/.295 in 61 at-bats with the Baysox after hitting .205/.272/.306 in 268 at-bats with the Tides. Catcher Carlos Perez also had a couple hits in the game, raising his average to .264. As a team, the Baysox struck out eight times and only walked once.

Potomac Nationals 5, Frederick Keys 4

Frederick had the lead for the first half of the game, but it slipped away from them in the later innings. Potomac scored two runs (one earned) off of starter DL Hall in the sixth. Then Tyler Joyner allowed three runs in the eighth to give Potomac the lead. The Keys scratched a run across in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little too late.

Hall’s final pitching line on the night included two hits, two runs (one earned), four walks and six strikeouts over six innings. His ERA is now 3.52.

Center fielder Cole Billingsley was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases from the top of the lineup, raising his average to .305. In the power department, Will Robertson hit a solo home run in the second and Patrick Dorrian hit a two-run shot in the fourth. Cadyn Grenier walked and stole a base as well.

Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Charleston RiverDogs 3

Grayson Rodriguez had a strong performance, throwing five shutout innings while striking out 10 batters. He allowed three hits and two walks. So far this season, the right-hander has a 2.74 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and .185 BAA in 72.1 innings. In that time, he has struck out 97 batters and walked 26.

On offense the Shorebirds had a few big contributors, like first baseman Seamus Curran, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Designated hitter Jaylen Ferguson went 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base, run scored and two RBI, while third baseman Ryne Ogren was 1-for-3 with a double, walk, run scored and an RBI. Delmarva was 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Hudson Valley Renegades 3, Aberdeen Ironbirds 2

Kevin Magee took the loss for the Ironbirds, lowering his record to 1-5. He allowed two runs on four hits, one walk and six strikeouts in five innings. Malachi Emond allowed an unearned run in two relief innings and Marlon Constante fired off two scoreless.

Aberdeen tallied 10 hits and four walks but only two runs in the game. They also struck out 12 times, went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base. Center fielder Shayne Fonatana was directly involved with both of the team’s runs. He scored on a passed ball in the first inning and had an RBI single in the eighth. Fontana and catcher Maverick Handley each went 3-for-4 at the plate.

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

Saturday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk at Lehigh Valley, 6:35 PM ET. Starter: Dan Straily (3-0, 2.67 ERA)
  • Bowie at Binghamton, 6:35 PM ET. Starter: Michael Baumann (2-1, 1.10 ERA)
  • Potomac vs. Frederick, 6:00 PM ET. Starter: Ofelky Peralta (0-0, 6.17 ERA)
  • Delmarva vs. Charleston, 7:05 PM ET. Starter: TBD
  • Aberdeen vs. Hudson Valley, 6:05 PM ET. Starter: TBD