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Orioles minor league recap 5/16: Adley drives in two, G-Rod mows down 11, and Mike Baumann tosses two scoreless innings

Three of four Orioles affiliates won on Saturday, with Aberdeen and Delmarva steamrolling the competition.

MILB: JUL 17 Gulf Coast League - GCL Twins at GCL Orioles Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Triple-A: Charlotte (White Sox) Knights 8, Norfolk Tides 3

The Norfolk Tides have lost eight of their first eleven, and on Saturday lefty Alex Wells got hit up for six runs (four earned) in 3.2 innings. A fielding error and two home runs did Wells in this time, who is now 0-2 on the season with a 14.29 ERA. Conner Greene allowed two runs in four innings of relief.

The Tides scored all three of their runs in the third inning. Catcher Austin Wynns homered, third baseman Rylan Bannon doubled in a run, and DH Brett Cumberland singled Bannon home. The Tides struck out 11 times on the day.

Double-A: Bowie Baysox 7, Reading (Phillies) Fightin Phils 5

Bowie came back from a 5-2 hole with five runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Adley Rutschman had the big blow, a two-run double that bounced on the warning track, and finished 1-for-3 with a walk on the day. J.C. Escarra chipped in with a home run in the eighth. Anthony Santander, rehabbing, went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

In his second start this year, the righty Cody Sedlock allowed three runs in four innings with five strikeouts. Sedlock underwent thoracic outlet surgery in 2018, and he split 2019 between Class-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie, putting up a 5-3 record with a 2.84 ERA in 22 games.

High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 8, Hudson Valley (Yankees) Renegades 1

The IronBirds piled on the runs early and often against the Yankees’ High-A affiliate, but their starter didn’t exactly need the help. Grayson Rodriguez continues to dominate this season, with a 1.46 ERA and 23 K’s in 12.1 innings so far.

On Saturday, G-Rod racked up 11 K’s in five innings in which he allowed three hits. The Renegades’ sole run came on a first-inning solo dinger, but the crazy thing, when you look at the wild swings they were taking against the Orioles righty, is that they scored a run at all.

The IronBirds’ offense was paced by right fielder Kyle Stowers, who reached base three times with two hits and a walk, shortstop Adam Hall, who delivered a three-run bomb in the third, and Toby Welk, who chipped in a two-run single in the first. Hall has had a slow start at the plate this season, so hopefully he’s heating up.

Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 13, Fredericksburg Nationals 2

The Shorebirds clobbered the Nationals’ starter, putting up 11 runs in the first three innings. What a game it was for Gunnar Henderson, who doubled, singled, walked, stole a base, and drove in four runs on his own. Henderson is now batting .341 with a 1.063 OPS. Shortstop Anthony Servideo went 2-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored. First baseman J.D. Mundy had a run-scoring double and is also cultivating a 1.027 OPS on the season himself.

Mike Baumann’s rehab debut went off pretty much without a hitch. Baumann threw just 35 pitches in two innings and walked three, but he also struck out two and allowed no runs. Sixth-round 2019 pick Zach Peek got the win for the Shorebirds, now 8-3 on the season.

Complete box scores from Tuesday’s Orioles affiliate games can be found here.

Sunday’s scheduled games

  • Norfolk: at Charlotte, 2:05. Starter: Tom Eshelman
  • Bowie: vs. Reading, 1:35. Starter: DL Hall
  • Aberdeen: at Hudson Valley, 4:45. Starter: TBD
  • Delmarva: at Fredericksburg, 1:35. Starter: Jake Lyons