Triple-A: Jacksonville (Marlins) Jumbo Shrimp 10, Norfolk Tides 7
The Tides remain the only Orioles affiliate without a win on the young season by dropping their second straight game against the Jumbo Shrimp.
Josh Rogers had a tough night on the mound as he returns for UCL surgery in mid-2019. In just four innings of work, the lefty surrendered nine hits, seven runs, a walk, and four strikeouts. Jay Flaa didn’t fare any better in relief, serving up three runs on five hits, a walk, and two strikeouts over 1.2 innings. At least Dusten Knight tossed two scoreless frames.
There was better news on the offensive side of things, where Norfolk tallied 13 hits, including a three-hit performance from Jahmai Jones, which included two triples and a home run. Tyler Nevin went 2-for-4 with his second homer of the season while Stevie Wilkerson and Ryan Ripken had multi-hit nights of their own.
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Norfolk Tides IF Jahmai Jones: 3/5, HR, 2 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI. Jones has 4 hits through his first two games, all have gone for extra bases. pic.twitter.com/e3JMgPHIn2
Double-A: Bowie Baysox 8, Altoona (Pirates) Curve 4
Adley Rutschman officially has a hit at the Double-A level. He started at first base for the Baysox, and went 1-for-4 with a single, a walk, and two strikeouts. The offensive star in this one, however, was right fielder Robert Neustrom, who went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. Alexis Torres added his first home run of the year.
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Kyle Bradish went to the mound for Bowie. He is a guy that the O’s player development people are very excited about, and he showed why in this one. The righty tossed 4.2 scoreless innings, struck out seven, walked two, and allowed just a pair of hits. Cameron Bishop got the win by tossing 3.2 innings and giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits and three strikeouts.
High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 4, Wilmington (Nationals) 2
Aberdeen’s bats worked more walks (6) than they recorded hits (5), but it all added up to a second straight win to open the season. Andrew Martinez’s double and Zach Watson’s triple were the team’s only two extra-base hits. Kyle Stowers went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a walk.
The story in this game was the professional debut for Garrett Stallings. The 2019 draft pick of the Angels came to the O’s via the José Iglesias trade in December, but had yet to pitch in a minor league game. Well, so far so good. He gave up just one run over five innings to earn the win. Kade Strowd added a hold with two scoreless innings, while Nick Roth notched a save by allowing a run over the final two frames.
Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 7 vs. Salem Red Sox 4 - Game 1
This was a continuation of a game that was suspended by weather after less than two innings on Tuesday, but the Shorebirds did eventually get their Opening Day win.
Jordan Cannon went 3-for-3, including a home run, and scored two runs. Gunnar Henderson had his first home run of the season. Jordan Westburg was 2-for-5. Anthony Servideo went hitless in two at-bats but also walked three times. Dylan Harris, Westburg, and Cannon recorded a stolen base each.
Delmarva used five different pitchers in this rain-interrupted affair. The best performance came from Griffin McLarty, who struck out four batters over three innings while allowing one run on three hits and a walk.
Low-A: Salem Red Sox 6 vs. Delmarva Shorebirds 1 - Game 2
There was not as much offense to discuss for the Shorebirds in game two. They scored just one run on three hits and three walks while striking out 14 times. Servideo did go 1-for-3 with a walk. The bad day was made worse by some shoddy defense. Both Henderson and Westburg had throwing errors from the left side of the infield.
A pitcher that seems worth keeping an eye on his 6-foot-7 righty Leonardo Rodriguez. The 23-year-old threw three scoreless innings in this game, striking out seven in the process. He was quite dominant for the IronBirds in 2019 and seems to have carried that over to 2021 with the Shorebirds.
Complete box scores from Wednesday’s games can be found here.
Thursday’s scheduled games
- Norfolk: at Jacksonville, 7:05. Starter: Spenser Watkins
- Bowie: at Altoona, 6:00. Starter: Kevin Smith
- Aberdeen: at Wilmington, 7:05. Starter: Kyle Brnovich
- Delmarva: vs. Salem, 7:05. Starter: Brandon Young