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Orioles minor league recap 5/19: Kyle Brnovich continues to shine for Aberdeen

Aberdeen and Delmarva got the win while Norfolk and Bowie took losses in yesterday’s contests.

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Triple-A: Jacksonville (MIA) Jumbo Shrimp 4, Norfolk Tides 0

The Tides lost a forgettable game last night. On offense they had just six hits, all singles. The recently demoted Ramón Urías and Brett Cumberland had two hits each. Tyler Nevin (#21 prospect) and Rylan Bannon (#22) were hitless, though Nevin reach base twice via walk and hit by pitch.

Starting pitcher Spenser Watkins had the quality start, pitching six innings with three runs allowed. He walked one, struck out four, and gave up a home run.

Double-A: Richmond (SFG) Flying Squirrels 6, Bowie Baysox 5

The Baysox’ win streak ended at six last night with their loss to the Squirrels. They scored two runs in the top of the first but then fell behind early when starting pitcher Grey Fenter gave up a grand slam in the third inning. Fenter didn’t make it out of that inning, pulled with two outs. Org guy Steven Klimek followed and gave up two runs of his own.

The Baysox offense tried to come back but couldn’t quite make it. It was a big night for Terrin Vavra (#10), who went 3-for-3 with a home run and two walks. Unfortunately it was the opposite for the guy batting just behind him, Adley Rutschman (#1), who was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and six runners left on base. Feel good story Pat Dorrian had a single and two walks.

High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 5, Wilmington (WAS) Blue Rocks 3

It was another good night for Kyle Brnovich, who is having himself a very nice start to the season. Brnovich pitched four no-hit innings before giving up two doubles in the fifth that resulted in one run. His final pitching line was 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Over three starts this year, Brnovich has pitched 15.2 innings with just 2 runs, while racking up 17 strikeouts.

On offense, the IronBirds were up against the Nationals’ #1 prospect, Cade Cavalli. Cavalli racked up 12 strikeouts against the Birds in six innings, but they also knocked him around for 10 hits and four runs. Each of the first four batters in the lineup had two hits, including Kyle Stowers (#23) and Joseph Ortiz (#30). Second baseman Adam Hall (#11) added two singles from the bottom of the lineup. Stowers had three of the team’s five RBI.

The Blue Rocks hit back-to-back homers off of Kade Strowd in the ninth, but they weren’t able to complete the comeback.

Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Carolina (MIL) Mudcats 4

The Shorebirds made the most of their nine hits last night as they prevailed in a back and forth contest with the Mudcats. Jordan Westburg (#6) led the way with two doubles, while leadoff batter and centerfielder Hudson Haskin (#14) had two singles and a walk. Much like Adley up in double-A, it was a rough night for #5 prospect Gunnar Henderson. Henderson was 0-for-5. I guess he can’t launch oppo home runs every night.

Starting pitcher Brandon Young struck out six in 3.1 innings, but gave up two runs along the way. Relief pitcher Ignacio Feliz also had a good night, giving up one run in three innings with six strikeouts.

The complete box scores for the above games can be found at

Injury Report

Norfolk outfielder (that’s right, he was playing center field) Richie Martin left the game with a sore wrist. Per Rich Dubroff, he will have tests run tomorrow. If Martin has to go on the IL, he’ll join several other Tides there including Jahmai Jones (oblique) and Yusniel Diaz (quad), among others.

Wednesdays Games

  • Norfolk: vs. Jacksonville, 6:35. Starter: Zac Lowther
  • Bowie: @ Richmond, 6:35. Starter: TBD
  • Aberdeen: vs. Wilmington, 7:05. Starter: TBD
  • Delmarva : vs. Carolina, 7:05. Starter: Ryan Watson

Aberdeen hasn’t officially announced their starter, but due up next is Drew Rom (#27). Bowie’s rotation hasn’t been as reliable but you might see either Kyle Bradish (#13) or Kevin Smith (#17).