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Orioles minor league recap 5/13: Cannon continues offensive tear, Bradish and Brnovich impress on the mound

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It was another fun night in the Orioles farm system, where everyone but the IronBirds won, and there were standout performances from prospects at every level.

Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles

Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 9, Charlotte (White Sox) Knights 2

Norfolk had loads of baserunners in this one, accumulating 12 hits and 11 walks. Stevie Wilkerson had an especially big day, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and a home run at the top of the lineup. Richie Martin worked a trio of walks. Rylan Bannon went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI, a walk, and a stolen base. Brett Cumberland and Austin Wynns both had two hits and a walk. Mason McCoy and Seth Mejias-Brean added a double each.

Spenser Watkins started on the mound, delivered four innings and allowed one run on four hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. Manny Barreda tossed three scoreless innings and struck out five to earn the win.

Double-A: Bowie Baysox 9, Reading (Phillies) Fightin Phils 0

The Kyle Bradish hype train is traveling at warp speed. The right-hander threw five more innings and still has a 0.00 ERA on the season. In this outing, he allowed just three hits and struck out nine. The 24-year-old has dominated Double-A hitters in his first two starts in the Orioles organization. Steven Klimek, Tyler Erwin, and Tim Naughton combined to keep the shutout intact for the final four frames.

Adley Rutschman had himself a nice night as well. The catcher hit a solo home run, walked twice, and picked a runner off at first base. Jaylen Ferguson and Chris Hudgins both homered as well. Patrick Dorrian doubled. Zach Jarrett tripled. Ferguson and Dorrian also swiped a bag each.

High-A: Hudson Valley (Yankees) Renegades 4, Aberdeen IronBirds 3, F/10

It was another nice start for Kyle Brnovich. Over 5.2 innings, the 23-year-old gave up just one run on one hit (a home run) and five strikeouts. Garrett Farmer earned a hold with 1.1 clean innings. Jonathan Pendergast was less fortunate, allowing two runs in his one inning. Dallas Litscher took the loss after throwing one scoreless inning and then being on the mound when Hudson Valley scored their extra innings runner from second base for the walk-off win.

The IronBirds didn’t have much offense to speak of in their loss. Shayne Fontana was the only member of the lineup with two hits as well as they only one with an extra-base hit (his first double of the year). Zach Watson and Maverick Handley both stole two bases, and Kyle Stowers added a swiped bag of his own.

Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 17, Fredericksburg Nationals 3

When your lineup compiles 16 hits and seven walks, and also benefits from four errors by the opposing team, you’re going to score a lot of runs. Jordan Cannon had the best night of anyone, going 5-for-6 with two home runs and five runs scored. Gunnar Henderson hit three doubles and drove in five runs. Hudson Haskin was 3-for-6 with a double and two stolen bases. Anthony Servideo took a 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. Jordan Westburg was 1-for-4 as well. All three of Henderson, Servideo, and Westburg recorded a throwing error in the field.

The standout performer on the mound was starter Brandon Young. He gave up one unearned run in three innings while striking out five. In fact, none of the runs allowed by the Delmarva pitching staff were earned due to the previously mentioned trio of errors. Ignacio Feliz took the win, giving up just one hit, walking three, and striking out four over 3.2 innings.

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

Thursday’s scheduled games

  • Norfolk: at Charlotte, 7:04. Starter: Konner Wade (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
  • Bowie: vs Reading, 6:35. Starter: Cameron Bishop (1-0, 4.91 ERA)
  • Aberdeen: at Hudson Valley, 7:05. Starter: TBD
  • Delmarva: at Fredericksburg, 7:05. Starter: Shane Davis (0-0, 3.00 ERA)