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Orioles minor league recap 7/8: All-Star Futures Edition

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On a day when Delmarva’s DL Hall and Grayson Rodriguez were showing their stuff on the big stage, other Orioles prospects didn’t shine, but the offenses were productive.  

MLB: All Star Game-Futures Game David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Futures Game: AL 2, NL 2

The MLB AL and NL Futures played to an eight-inning tie as the NL scored two in the fourth on a pair of singles off the Erie Seawolves’ Matt Manning, and the AL roared back in the seventh when the Rangers’ Sam Huff crushed a 418-foot home run to tie it up.

Now, the news you’ve all been waiting for. DL Hall and Grayson Rodriguez both pitched, and admirably. Hall tossed a scoreless third and avoided injury after a broken bat struck him. Hall’s fastball topped out at 97.9 mph. Grayson Rodriguez pitched a clean eighth. Here are Adam McInturff’s hot takes on the two youngsters, and some rare footage of Rodriguez:

Knights (White Sox) 7, Norfolk Tides 5

Tom Eshelman didn’t have the kind of start you’d like if you’re on the bubble (well, assuming he is on the bubble, because who else is taking that Orioles’ fifth starter spot?). Eshelman was decent, giving up three runs and six hits over four-plus innings, with one walk. It was the relief that was the problem. Evan Phillips cleaned up for Eshelman in the fifth and sixth, but probably stayed in one inning two long, giving up two singles and a walk to load the bases for Tanner Scott. It was definitely not Scott’s night. On his second pitch to Yermin Mercedes, Scott (3-2, 3.71) gave up a grand slam, earning the blown save and saddling Phillips (0-2, 5.89) with the loss.

The Tides were fortunate to get two runs off Charlotte on a fielding error and a walk. Their three other RBIs came courtesy of an Austin Wynns double, and singles by Cedric Mullins and Ryan Mountcastle. Mullins was 1-for-4, Wynns 1-for-4, Mountcastle 2-for-5 with a double, and Ademar Rifaela and Jack Reinheimer each 1-for-4.

Harrisburg (Nationals) 5, Bowie Baysox 7

Not a great start at this level, either, but Dean Kremer was rescued by the Baysox’ hot bats. Kremer (5-4, 3.71 ERA), allowed 4 runs in 5.1 innings on 7 hits and a walk. It was a setback for the 23-year-old righty, who’d given up only one or no runs in his last three starts. Francisco Jiménez allowed one solo home run before Tyler Erwin (3-3, 2.43) and Dillon Tate (1-3, 4.03) came in to shut things down.

That was enough for the offense, which scored three in the second inning on two bases-loaded walks and a groundout by the rehabbing DJ Stewart. Stewart and Yusniel Diaz each drove in two runs with singles in the fourth to give Bowie a comfortable total of seven runs. Stewart is now hitting .308 with one homer and five RBIs in his rehab stint, Mason McCoy was 1-for-3 with 2 walks, and TJ Nichting 2-for-4.

Winston-Salem (White Sox) 9, Frederick Keys 7, F/10 innings

On Sunday, the Keys bats weren’t enough to overcome collapses by the starter and closer. Twenty-two-year-old Ofelky Peralta, just promoted from Delmarva, was rather rudely greeted to High Single-A by a pair of homers, ten hits and a walk allowed en route to 5 earned runs over 5 innings. Growing pains. The steady Scott Burke (1-1, 3.19) pitched two scoreless innings, but then Cameron Ming coughed up the game in the tenth on a walkoff three-run homer.

Still, it was not a bad day offense-wise. Frederick scored 3 in the first on a J.C. Escarra triple plus a fielding error, then, down 5-3, tacked on two more when Kirvin Moesquit (3-for-5, .221 BA) tripled and Zach Jarrett (3-for-5, .305 BA) scored on a fielding error. The Keys scored two in the top of the tenth when Jarrett singled in Daniel Fajardo and Ryan Ripken (1-for-5, .275 BA) hit a double, but Keys pitching couldn’t hold onto the two-run lead.

Hagerstown (Nationals) 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 4

The Shorebirds coughed up a one-run lead by giving up runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Reliever Felix Bautista allowed an unearned run on his own fielding error, while an RBI groundout against Jhon Peluffo (1-2, 3.03) gave the Suns five runs to seal the deal. Starter Matt Hammonds (2-2, 3.78) went just three innings and allowed two runs.

On the other side of the ledger, Nick Horvath and JC Encarnacion both had RBI doubles, and Jaylen Ferguson tacked on two runs in the sixth on a triple that scored Alexis Torres and Cody Roberts. Robert Neustrom finished 2-for-5 with a double, Ferguson 2-for-5, Cadyn Grenier 2-for-3 with two walks, and Torres 3-for-4.

Lowell (Red Sox) 2, Aberdeen Irondbirds 5

The Ironbirds took this one on the strength of a fine start by the righty Dallas Litscher, a Round 10 pickup in 2018. Litscher allowed just one run over three hits in five innings, and is now 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA. Finishing out the game were Ruben Garcia, Griffin McLarty, and Shelton Perkins, who allowed one run between them.

The Ironbirds collected just six hits on the day, same as Lowell, but they made ‘em count. They scored all five runs in the third inning, when Zach Watson, Austin Hays, and centerfielder Kyle Stowers strung together two doubles and a triple. Watson finished 1-for-3, the rehabbing Hays 1-for-4 (he’s at .400 for now), Stowers 1-for-4, and shortstop Clay Fisher and catcher Maverick Handley had a hit apiece.

Complete box scores from Sunday’s set of games can be found here.

Monday’s Scheduled Games:

  • Frederick: at Winston-Salem (White Sox), 7:00 p.m. Starter: TBD
  • Aberdeen: vs. Lowell (Red Sox), 7:05 p.m.. Starter: TBD