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Orioles minor league recap 9/7: Bowie holds off late comeback and Delmarva gets shut out

The Baysox were able to retake the lead in the Eastern Division Series, but the Shorebirds got eliminated in the South Atlantic semifinals.

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Bowie Baysox 7, Harrisburg Senators 5

The Baysox offense was clicking last night in game three of the Eastern League Division Series, scoring at least one run in each of the first four innings. Bowie was also able to hold off a late comeback attempt by the Senators that included a four-run bottom of the eighth inning.

Anderson Feliz had quite a night at the plate for the Baysox. He started the scoring in the first with a two-run home run to right field. The very next inning, he launched a three-run blast to right center, increasing the Baysox lead to five runs at the time. Preston Palmeiro had an RBI double in the third to score Mason McCoy and Carlos Perez had an RBI single to score Feliz in the fourth.

Despite allowing five hits and four walks, starter Zac Lowther only gave up one run over 6.1 innings, carrying his strong pitching over from the regular season into the playoffs. The left-hander also had five strikeouts on the night.

Tyler Erwin came on in relief of Lowther and let the Senators back into the game by surrendering four runs in the bottom of the eighth. But Luis Gonzalez bailed him out by securing the final out of the inning and Cristian Alvarado pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

Hickory Crawdads 1, Delmarva Shorebirds 0

Despite a dominating pitching performance from Gray Fenter, in which he struck out 13 batter in 6.1 innings, the Shorebirds took a shutout loss on Friday night and were eliminated by Hickory in the best-of-three South Atlantic League semifinals. The game was scoreless until the top of the 10th, when the Crawdads’ Jax Biggers laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Kole Enright.

The Shorebirds had a chance for rebuttals in the bottom of the inning but they couldn’t come through with a run. After a Johnny Rizer strike out, Adley Rutschman singled and Jaylen Ferguson was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Then the game ended on a double play grounder off the bat of Shayne Fontana.

Delmarva’s offense was dominated, registering only two hits all night. Both of those hits were courtesy of Rutschman, by the way. The lineup struck out seven times in total and had just one walk — Ferguson’s free pass in the 10th.

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

Saturday’s Scheduled Games

  • Bowie at Harrisburg, 3:00 PM ET. Starter: Alex Wells (8-6, 2.95 ERA)