Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 10, Charlotte (White Sox) Knights 7
Austin Wynns continued his strong start to the season with a 2-2 effort. Wynns led off the second inning with a solo home run and also walked twice, but did allow a run to score after a throwing error on a stolen base attempt. Mason McCoy finished 2-4 with a double and a walk. Ryan Ripken went 2-4 and also worked a walk.
Rylan Bannon left the game with an apparent injury after swinging at a pitch. There was little information on the extent of Bannon’s injury as of Thursday evening. Bannon figured to be a promotion candidate to aid the O’s’ infield woes at some point this season, but he may join Jahmai Jones and Yusniel Diaz on the IL. Taylor Davis replaced Bannon and finished 2-3 with 3 RBIs.
Rule 5 pick Mac Sceroler started after joining Norfolk on a rehab assignment. He worked a clean first inning, but allowed four runs and failed to make it out of the second. To be fair, he’d never pitched at Triple-A before. Alexander Wells relieved Sceroler and allowed three runs in 3.1 innings. Evan Phillips notched a hold and Dusten Knight picked up his first save of the season.
Double-A: Bowie Baysox 7, Harrisburg (Nationals) Senators 3
The Baysox used three blasts to power their way to victory. J.C. Escarra, Cadyn Grenier and Alexis Torres all went deep. Adley Rutschman finished 1-2 and walked three more times. Terrin Vavra drove in a run and also walked twice, and Robert Neustrom drove in a pair with a double.
Former first-round pick Cody Sedlock performed well for the second time after a pair of duds to start the year. Sedlock allowed just one run on five hits in 4.2 innings. He struck out four batters but did walk four. Tyler Joyner allowed a pair of runs in 3.1 innings, and Tim Naughton tossed a scoreless ninth.
Game One: Aberdeen IronBirds 6, Brooklyn (Mets) Cyclones 2
Aberdeen took the first game behind another strong start by Grayson Rodriguez. Rodriguez allowed just one run on two hits. He struck out nine and walked only one batter. Rodriguez moved to 3-0 on the season and his ERA now sits at 1.54. Kade Strowd pitched the final two innings and allowed just one run.
Adam Hall continued his recent uptick with a 2-3 effort with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Seven other IronBirds recorded a hit including Johnny Rizer. Rizer went deep for a solo shot in the fifth.
Game Two: Aberdeen IronBirds 10, Brooklyn (Mets) Cyclones 1
Anytime a team posts double digits in a 7-inning game, something must have gone right. The fact that they did it without the long ball may be even more impressive.
Hall picked up right where he left off with a three hit performance. Catcher Cody Roberts tallied three hits, while Zach Watson and Andrew Daschbach both added two.
Blaine Knight tossed 4.2 innings of one-run ball and added six strikeouts. Morgan McSweeney finished the abridged game without allowing a hit.
Low-A: Lynchburg (Cleveland) Hillcats 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 2
The Gunnar Henderson show finally took a night off. Henderson finished 0-4 and left seven men on base. I wouldn’t be too concerned just yet. His partner in crime Jordan Westburg also failed to record a hit but did walk once.
J.D. Mundy and Hudson Haskin combined for all five of Delmarva’s hits. Mundy finished 3-4 and drove in both runs. Haskin went 2-4 from the leadoff spot.
Shorebirds’ starter Houston Roth allowed a pair of runs in five innings. He scattered five hits and struck out five without walking a batter. Zach Peek surrendered two runs in two innings.
Friday’s scheduled games:
- Norfolk: vs. Charlotte, 7:05. Starter: Conner Greene (0-1, 6.14 ERA)
- Bowie: vs. Harrisburg, 7:05. Starter: David Lebron (2-0, 2.70 ERA)
- Aberdeen: at Brooklyn, 7:00. Starter: TBD
- Delmarva: vs. Lynchburg, 7:05. Starter: Griffin McLarty (1-0, 4.61 ERA)