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Orioles minor league recap 6/21: Three close losses and a blowout on the farm

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Tides, Shorebirds and Baysox - the latter despite a strong start from Grayson Rodriguez - all drop tight games, while IronBirds get shellacked on Sunday.

Grayson Rodriguez waves to the Camden Yards crowd Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Triple-A: Durham (Rays) Bulls 6, Norfolk Tides 5

The Tides got three home runs and tried to rally back into the game with two runs in the eighth, but fell short in a home loss to the Bulls.

Nick Ciuffo, Ramon Urias (two RBI) and Tyler Nevin (two hits) had the homers, while Ryan McKenna doubled and No. 16 prospect Jahmai Jones walked three times and scored a run.

Alexander Wells, the organization’s 17th-ranked prospect, pitched 4.1 innings and allowed four runs while striking out five.

Double-A: Akron (Cleveland) RubberDucks 3, Bowie Baysox 2

Grayson Rodriguez did his thing yet again, tossing five innings while allowing two runs on two hits (both home runs) and striking out eight, but the Baysox, even after a late rally, still ended up on the wrong end of the score on Sunday.

Runs in the third and fifth put Akron ahead 2-0, but Patrick Dorrian evened things up for Bowie with a dramatic two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Rivera’s sacrifice fly in the 10th scored Josh Rolette with the winning run for Akron.

Dorian, Willy Yahn, Yusniel Diaz and Johnny Rizer had the hits for the Baysox, while Adley Rutschman went 0-for-2 with two walks. Cameron Bishop pitched four scoreless innings of relief, striking out four and allowing three hits.

High-A: Asheville (Astros) Tourists 19, Aberdeen IronBirds 4

The IronBirds faced deficits of 4-0, 7-3 and 11-4 en route to the one-sided defeat.

Connor Gillispie was the unfortunate starter in this one, allowing seven runs - all earned - in three innings. Garrett Farmer (1.2 innings, four earned runs) and Kade Strowd (0.1 innings, five earned runs) also struggled in relief.

At the plate, J.D. Mundy continued to hit High-A ball hard, hitting a two-run home run. He has a .292 average and 1.183 on-base percentage. No. 6 prospect Jordan Westburg also homered, his first in 15 games with the IronBirds, while Adam Hall had three hits and Zach Watson joined Westburg with two hits.

Low-A: Salem Red Sox 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 2

The Shorebirds tried to stage a ninth-inning rally on the strength of Hudson Haskins’s two-run double, but fell just short of erasing the deficit.

The double by Haskin, the franchise’s No. 13 prospect, scored Mason Janvrin and Darell Hernaiz and was his lone hit in a 1-for-4 game. Janvrin had the only other Delmarva hit, a single to set up Haskins’s double.

Noah Denoyer got the start for Delmarva and allowed two runs on four hits in four innings. He struck out four.

There are no games scheduled for Monday. Box scores for Sunday’s games can be found here.