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Orioles minor league recap 5/24: Sunday a big day for the big prospects

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With another Rutschman bomb leading the headlines, four of top nine position player prospects go deep.

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Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 4, Jacksonville (Marlins) Jumbo Shrimp 3, 11 inn.

Trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the 11th, the Tides rallied for a pair of runs, the first coming when Seth Mejias-Brean was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and the second coming on Austin Wynns’s single to win it.

The Tides also trailed 2-0 going into the ninth, but got a run on a Ramon Urias groundout and then the tying tally when No. 13 prospect Ryan McKenna hit a solo home run. It was McKenna’s lone hit of the game, but the Tides also got a multi-hit game from Mason McCoy, who went 2-for-5 with two runs.

Spenser Watkins got the start and was terrific, pitching six no-hit innings while allowing a walk and striking out four. More encouraging news from the mound? Hunter Harvey made his first appearance of the season, throwing two innings and fanning two.

Double-A: Bowie Baysox 5, Richmond (Giants) Flying Squirrels 4, 10 inn.

Another affiliate, another extra innings win. Bowie also staged a clutch rally, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth to force extras, and then scoring again in the 10th for what became the winning run.

With the Baysox held in check at the plate for eight innings, No. 1 prospect Adley Rutschman saved the Bowie bacon, booming a three-run home run that evened the game at 4. Jaylen Ferguson then brought the winning run in with a sacrifice fly. The home run for Rutschman was his fourth of the season, and keyed a 3-for-4 day at the plate.

Ferguson drove in two runs, and Doran Turchin had a pair of hits. D.L. Hall got the start and the team’s No. 4 prospect was sharp, pitching four innings and allowing two hits while striking out eight. Hall now has a 2.81 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 16 innings.

High-A: Wilmington Blue Rocks (Nationals) 15, Aberdeen IronBirds 3

The IronBirds were buried from the start, as an eight-run first inning for Wilmington took all of the drama out of this one early.

No. 11 prospect Adam Hall went 0-for-3 and is struggling to find his rhythm at the plate with a .185 average for the season. He also made his sixth error in the field, one of five miscues from Aberdeen Sunday.

Kyle Brnovich got the start and lasted only two-thirds on an inning, giving up eight runs. Only one was earned, however, which indicates how shoddy the IronBirds’ fielding was. Maverick Handley’s double was Aberdeen’s lone extra-base hit.

Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 13, Carolina (Brewers) Mudcats 3

The Shorebirds started fast en route to improving to 13-5, getting a run in the first but then six in the second to run away with the victory as they clubbed three home runs.

No. 6 prospect Jordan Westburg went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI, and hit his third home run of the season to raise his average for the year to .400. Another high pick, 2020 second-rounder and No. 14 prospect Hudson Haskin, joined Westburg with a home run as he went 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBI, upping his average to .355.

The third home run came from Jordan Cannon, his fifth, while Anthony Servideo was 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI. Brandon Young got the start, allowing two runs on four hits with five strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

There are no games scheduled for Monday.