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Orioles minor league recap 8/5: Adley gets his first IronBirds RBIs

The Norfolk Pajaritos got rained out, Bowie’s Cangrejos Fantasmas steamrolled, Frederick hung on for a close win, but Delmarva and Aberdeen gave up late leads.

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

Norfolk Pajaritos, Durham Bulls (Cancelled - Rain)

After two scoreless innings, the skies opened and ruined Sunday baseball for Los Pajaritos de Norfolk (yes, it’s real, part of MiLB’s Copa de la Diversión. And check out their logo!) and a Jay Flaa start. Unfortunately, no makeup is being scheduled for this one.

Portland (Red Sox) 4, Bowie Cangrejos Fantasmas 10

The Ghost Crabs (how good are these naaaaames?) scored in seven different innings to put this one away without much suspense. Although No. 8 prospect Dean Kremer allowed three runs in his first 1 1/3 innings, he retired 16 of the final 17 Sea Dogs hitters to earn a win over 6 2/3 innings. That puts him at 8-4, 3.16 on the year. Tyler Erwin tossed 1 1/3 scoreless, while Tim Naughton allowed a solo home run in his Double-A debut in the ninth.

It was a big day for Cangrejos bats, who racked up 12 hits. Anderson Feliz kicked off the scoring with a double and a sac fly in the first two innings. He added an RBI single in the fourth to end up 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs on the day. Jesmuel Valentin had a monster 4-for-5 day, including a two-run triple. The Orioles’ No. 24 and No. 25 prospects, Rylan Bannon hit a pair of RBI singles, and Mason McCoy got aboard three times with a single and two walks. The 30-13 Cangrejos have Monday off before heading to Trenton for a three-game series against Yankees’ affiliate the Thunder.

Down East (Rangers) 4, Frederick Keys 5

The Keys came from behind to win a close one. Starter David Lebron (2-4, 3.72 ERA) allowed two in the first inning on a sac fly and a groundout and was pulled after two innings. Luis Perez came in to pitch 3.1 innings with just one run allowed, enough to land him the win. He’s 6-1 with a 3.18 ERA. Kieran Lovegrove struck out the side in the eighth and Diogenes Almengo got the save.

All the Keys’ runs came in the fifth or after. Down 2-0, Daniel Fajardo hit a 2-run single to tie it up. In the sixth, the Keys went ahead 4-2 on a Sean Miller single. They scored one more in the seventh on an error and held on for the win.

Jomar Reyes, who’s been hitting lately, went 2-for-4 to put him at .281/.320/.720. NASCAR scion Zach Jarrett went 1-for-3, and the aforementioned Miller was 2-for-3.

Charleston (Yankees) 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 2

On the plus side, Ryan Wilson (5-4, 2.97 ERA) pitched five scoreless innings (he allowed four hits and three walks). Matt De La Rosa followed with two scoreless. Unfortunately, with not a lot of offense for the Shorebirds on Sunday, Felix Bautista’s run-scoring wild pitch in the ninth and Jhon Peluffo’s one hit allowed in the tenth (a double scoring the inherited runner) were enough to put the Shorebirds in the loss column tonight.

Delmarva had only three hits all game, a Ryne Ogren double that plated two in the first and a pair of singles by Nick Horvath and Zach Watson.

Vermont (Athletics) 7, Aberdeen IronBirds 5

I’ll start with the bad news. Leonardo Rodríguez (2-2, 2.36 ERA), who’d been stellar in Class A Short Season ball so far, gave up five runs on six hits and two walks and a HBP in 4.1 innings. Then after the IronBirds tied it up 5-5 in the seventh, closer Yelin Rodriguez allowed a game-losing two runs in a sloppy eighth that also saw Adley Rutschman make a throwing error.

OK, but onto the good. Aberdeen racked up ten hits, including two Adley singles good for his first two RBIs as an IronBird. Adley also scored the IronBirds’ fifth run to tie it in the seventh. Roll the tape:

Another bright spot: the IronBirds lineup is stacked with magnificent names, and many of them produced on Sunday. Homers came off the bats of Dalton Hoiles (1-for-3 with a walk) and Shayne Fontana, last year’s draft pick out of D2 Lynn University (2-for-5 with two runs and a RBI). Kyle Stowers doubled, DH Maverick Handley was 1-for-3, and Toby Welk continues his surprising onslaught on league pitching with a 3-for-4 day that puts him at .358 on the season.

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

Monday’s Scheduled Games

  • Delmarva: at Charleston, 7:05. Starter: Hector Guance (8-4, 3.87 ERA)
  • Aberdeen: vs. Vermont, 7:05. Starter: TBD