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Orioles minor league recap 5/14: Rutschman walks three times, Wade posts six shutout innings

Konner Wade pitched six shutout innings but Isaac Mattson blew the game late. Adley Rutschman showed off his plate discipline, and three of the four affiliates came away with victories.

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Triple-A: Charlotte (White Sox) Knights 3, Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 2

Norfolk grabbed an early lead in this one but the bullpen gave it back late. Evan Phillips provided the Knights life by allowing a sacrifice fly in the seventh, but Isaac Mattson lost the game in the eighth. Mattson allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score on a pair of singles. His final stat line read 0.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K. Fernando Abad replaced Mattson and retired three straight batters to end the inning.

Norfolk was in a position to win the game thanks to six scoreless innings from Konner Wade. Wade scattered six hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter. The 29-year-old signed with the Orioles as a minor league free agent after missing out on 2020. He last pitched in the Red Sox organization in 2019. He has allowed just one run in 11 innings so far this season

Brett Cumberland finished 2-4 with a solo homer for Norfolk. Ryan Ripken finished 2-3 with an RBI triple that plated Cumberland in the second inning.

Double-A: Bowie Baysox 9, Reading (Phillies) Fightin Phils 3

Bowie jumped on Reading with three runs in the first inning and scored the final five runs of the game. Terrin Vavra led the charge from the leadoff spot with a 3-5 performance that included three RBIs. Adley Rutschman finished 0-2 but walked three times and scored twice.

Third baseman Patrick Dorrian continued his hot hitting with a 3-5 performance and four RBIs. Dorrian, Vavra and J.C. Escarra all went deep for Bowie. The blasts marked the second home runs for Vavra and Escarra, while Dorrian tallied his fourth homer of the season.

Cameron Bishop allowed three runs in four innings, but Tyler Joyner, Diogenes Almengo and Nick Vespi combined for five shutout innings in relief.

High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 9, Hudson Valley (Yankees) Renegades 5

The heart of the order did the damage in this one with Johnny Rizer, Shayne Fontana and Toby Welk combining to go 6-12 with six RBIs. Rizer doubled, walked and scored a run, while Fontana drove in two. Welk added a pair of RBI singles while playing first and third base (not at the same time. But that would have been impressive).

Adam Hall scored after a single in the eighth, but the shortstop struck out four times in the game. Kyle Stowers walked twice and Joseph Ortiz scored twice without picking up a hit.

Drew Rom tossed four innings and allowed two runs. He gave up five hits but struck out six.

Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Fredericksburg Nationals 3

Seven Delmarva batters combined for 12 hits in this one. Jordan Westburg finished 2-3 with an RBI double, two walks and two runs scored. Second round pick Hudson Haskin delivered a 3-4 performance from the leadoff spot, while Cristopher Cespedes and Doran Turchin each added two hits.

Surprisingly, Gunnar Henderson finished 0-4. If he was going to have an off night, he picked the right night to do it. Westburg played shortstop while Henderson took third base.

Shane Davis started for Delmarva and allowed two runs over four innings. Jake Prizina picked up his second win with three scoreless innings, and Adam Stauffer allowed a run in two frames but struck out four.

Friday’s scheduled games

  • Norfolk: at Charlotte, 7:04. Starter: Zac Lowther
  • Bowie: vs Reading, 7:05. Starter: Kevin Smith
  • Aberdeen: at Hudson Valley, 7:05. Starter: TBD
  • Delmarva: at Fredericksburg, 7:05. Starter: Noah Denoyer