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Orioles minor league recap 8/16: Hess, Tate lead Tides to victory, Rutschman drives in a pair

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Norfolk handles Pawtucket while the Baysox and Keys prevail in close ballgames; the team’s No. 1 pick has a good night for Aberdeen.

MILB: JUL 03 Gulf Coast League - GCL Rays at GCL Orioles Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Norfolk Tides 8, Pawtucket (Red Sox) 2

A trio of pitchers formerly with the big club helped lead the Tides to victory Thursday night.

David Hess got the start for Norfolk, tossing four innings of two-run ball, while Dillon Tate got the win in relief by pitching three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out one. Evan Phillips handled the last two innings, holding the Red Sox scoreless and striking out two.

Offensively, Jose Rondon had two hits including a two-run home run, while Mason Williams with 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI and DJ Stewart went 2-for-4 with a double. No. 6 prospect Austin Hays went 2-for-5 with two RBI.

Ryan Mountcastle did not play.

Bowie Baysox 4, Richmond (Giants) 3

Down 3-0 in the third inning, the Baysox rallied back with three in the fourth, then one more in the fifth to break the tie for good.

Carlos Perez singled in Mason McCoy for the winning run in the fifth, while Brett Cumberland’s two-run single in the fourth was what tied the game at 3. Anderson Feliz went 3-for-4 and is batting .310, while T.J. Nichting went 1-for-4 with a double. Ryan McKenna went 0-for-3 in the ninth spot and is batting .228 this season.

On the mound, Tyler Herb allowed three runs in five innings but struck out eight. Francisco Jimenez pitched the next three shutout innings, striking out four, while Cristian Alvarado fanned two in the ninth for the save.

Frederick Keys 1, Salem (Red Sox) 0

Robert Neustrom singled in Daniel Fajardo in the third for the go-ahead run, and the only run the Keys would need Thursday night.

J.C. Escarra went 2-for-4 for the Keys, while Cadyn Grenier, the team’s 21st-ranked prospect, went 0-for-4 and is down to a .205 average.

Ofelky Peralta pitched six innings of two-hit, shutout baseball, while Scott Burke handled the last two innings and struck out a pair.

Lakewood (Phillies) 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 2

The Shorebirds had the BlueClaws where they wanted them, down 2-1 in the ninth, but Ben Pelletier’s two-run walk-off home run off of Felix Bautista sent Delmarva to the road loss.

Johnny Rizer tied the game in the sixth with a double, and Adam Hall (1-for-4, batting .306) drove in the go-ahead run later in the inning with a single. J.C. Encarnacion had two hits for the Shorebirds.

Drew Rom, the team’s No. 19 prospect, started and threw five scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out four. Matthew Hammonds then pitched three scoreless innings before giving way to Bautista for the ill-fated save attempt.

Tri-City (Astros) 4, Aberdeen IronBirds 3

Down 4-1 in the eighth, the IronBirds scored twice to make things interesting, but couldn’t muster the tying run.

Adley Rutschman, the team’s top draft pick and top prospect, had a good night with a pair of doubles - his sixth and seventh for the season - and two RBI. He also scored a run and is up to a .281 average.

Mason Janvrin went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs, and Toby Welk was 2-for-4 with an RBI. The lapse for the IronBirds came on the mound, where starter Ryan Conroy allowed four runs and eight hits in 3.2 innings, though Griffin McLarty (2.1 innings, no runs, six strikeouts) and Connor Gillispie (two innings, no runs, four strikeouts) pitched well in relief.

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

Friday’s scheduled games

  • Norfolk: at Syracuse (Mets), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Dean Kremer (0-0, N/A ERA)
  • Bowie: at Altoona (Pirates), 7 p.m. Starter: Cody Sedlock (0-1, 3.31 ERA)
  • Frederick: vs. Fayetteville (Astros), 7 p.m. Starter: TBD
  • Delmarva: at Lakewood (Phillies), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Grayson Rodriguez (9-3, 2.69 ERA)
  • Aberdeen: at Tri-City (Astros), 7 p.m. Starter: Kevin Magee (3-5, 2.66 ERA)