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Orioles minor league recap 5/17: Escarra’s walk-off, Rutschman’s bomb highlight big day in Bowie

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Baysox get sweep with thrilling victory, while Delmarva also breaks out the brooms.

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

Triple-A: Charlotte (White Sox) Knights 13, Norfolk Tides 6

Former Orioles starter Thomas Eshelman had a tough start Sunday, allowing four runs (all earned) on five hits in three innings as the Tides fell behind 4-0 in the third inning and couldn’t rally back.

Norfolk did have the bats going, pounding out 12 hits en route to its six runs. Stevie Wilkerson led the way with a 3-for-3 afternoon while scoring three times, and Mason McCoy went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI. Rylan Bannon went 2-for-5 with a double, and Austin Wynns had a 2-for-5 afternoon as well.

Double-A: Bowie Baysox 13, Reading (Phillies) Fightin Phils 12, 10 inn.

This was a fun one. Reading had a 5-2 lead in the third, a 9-6 lead in the ninth and a 12-9 lead in the 10th, but saw it all go up in smoke as Bowie rallied back again and again, capping off the last one with J.C. Escarra’s bases-clearing double in the bottom of the 10th.

Reading was three outs from the win in the ninth when top prospect Adley Rutschman brought the lumber and slammed a two-run home run off the right-field scoreboard to make it 9-8. A passed ball later allowed Patrick Dorrian to come home with the tying run, setting up Escarra’s heroics.

Rutschman went 1-for-4 and is batting .231 for the season. It was also a big day for last year’s top Oriole, Anthony Santander, who went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and is batting .333 in Double-A. Escarra finished 2-for-5 with four RBI, and Dorrian drove in two runs and scored three. D.L. Hall struggled, allowing five runs on four hits in 2.2 innings.

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

This one was tough right away for the I-Birds. Hudson Valley was up 4-0 in the second and 7-0 in the third, and Aberdeen needed three runs in the ninth to save some face.

Garrett Stallings had a tough go of it on the mound, giving up six earned runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings. The offensive contributions came from Andrew Daschbach, who went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the ninth, and Johnny Rizer, who went 2-for-4.

Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Fredericksburg Nationals 4

No. 15 prospect Hudson Haskin had the big hit for the Shorebirds, drilling a two-run home run in the top of the eighth that broke a 2-2 tie and helped Delmarva (9-3) get the sweep.

Haskin, a second-round draft pick in 2020, is now batting .295 for the season. Mason Janvrin also had a two-run homer in the fourth to give Delmarva a 2-0 lead, and Darell Hernaiz went 2-for-3 with two RBI. The start went to Griffin McLarty, and he responded by going 4.1 innings while allowing two hits and one run.

There are no games scheduled for Monday.