Triple-A: Charlotte Knights (White Sox) 5, Norfolk Tides 4 - 13 innings
Three innings of the Manfred Man was not enough for these teams to settle the contest. It took until the 13th inning, probably not ideal for a Norfolk staff that had several arms summoned to the taxi squad with the Orioles. In the 13th, the Manfred Man for Charlotte got to third base on a bunt base hit and scored as former Oriole Tim Beckham hit a walkoff sacrifice fly.
It was a poor day of offense for the Tides, it must be said, as they got just nine hits despite the 13 inning affair. They had their share of chances in the game, 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position, and cashed in on those chances a whopping three times. Journeyman Seth Mejias-Brean had four of the Tides hits. The prospect everyone wants to see with the Orioles, Jahmai Jones, walked twice and went 1-4 out of the leadoff spot.
Outfield prospect Yusniel Díaz extended the game by throwing out what would have been the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the tenth inning:
Why put a runner on in extra innings when you have a cannon in right field named Yusniel Díaz?— Norfolk Tides (@NorfolkTides) June 30, 2021
We head to the 11th still tied 3-3. pic.twitter.com/hHE7RRaMvx
Díaz had only one hit in six at-bats. He drove in two of Norfolk’s runs.
Double-A: Bowie Baysox 6, Akron RubberDucks 1 - 7 innings
Rain interrupted this game while Bowie was batting in the top of the third inning, so starting pitcher Cody Sedlock’s outing was cut short after just two innings with 28 pitches thrown. He struck out three while allowing two hits. The game was shortened to seven innings when it began two hours late to begin with. The rain came back long enough to knock out Sedlock.
The rain did not dampen the Baysox offense. Though the team only had seven hits in the game, six of them went for extra bases. “Old Toby” Welk doubled and homered in this one, his third homer in seven games since being promoted to Double-A. The 2019 21st round pick is one of my favorite non-prospect stories in the system. It’ll be fun if he keeps raking! That’s a 1.234 OPS in his first week-plus at this level.
Adley Rutschman doubled and drew a walk. He also reached on a catcher’s interference call. No Akron batter tried to run against him. For the season, his OPS sits at .946. I remain curious when his time to go to Norfolk will come.
High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 7, Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) 3
The wait for Gunnar Henderson to get his first High-A hit continues. Though hitless, he’s been a walk machine, adding another pair here for ten in six games. That’s a .385 on-base percentage to go with a .000 batting average. Henderson even got an RBI with a sacrifice fly here.
Jordan Westburg, the 2020 CBA pick, racked up three more hits and drove in a couple of runs, bringing his OPS since promotion to this level over .800. Shayne “25.8% of the time he gets a hit every time” Fontana also had a three hit night. Triple-A player Rylan Bannon started a rehab assignment in this game. He went 0-4.
IronBirds starter Garrett Stallings, part of the offseason’s Jose Iglesias trade, gave up three runs in six innings. All three runs scored in one swing. He allowed only four hits and a walk while striking out six, which is impressive because this Cyclones lineup has three of MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospects, making it one of the most loaded lineups in minor league baseball. Brooklyn is 16-30 even with them. Too bad. With the win, Aberdeen is 26-21.
Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 13, Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland) 2
The Shorebirds offense dropped a 10-spot on Lynchburg in the first inning and mostly coasted from there, though not without scoring a few more runs. 2020 second round pick Hudson Haskin led the way with four runs driven in. He homered for the fifth time this season. Less heralded players TT Bowens and Cristopher Cespedes each had three hits, with a home run apiece. Cespedes has now hit seven home runs in 31 games. At 23, he’s old for this level.
Pitchers held the Hillcats to just six hits. Starting pitcher Griffin McLarty, the 2019 eighth round pick, gave up a run in four innings, on four hits, a walk, and six strikeouts. McLarty has now struck out 48 batters in 35.2 innings this year. I figure Aberdeen is in his future. He was relieved by that draft’s 22nd rounder, Jake Lyons, who finished the game off by striking out eight batters while allowing two hits, two walks, and an unearned run.
Bonus Florida Complex League Orioles note
If you haven’t heard, the rookie-level Florida Complex League (what used to be known as the Gulf Coast League) began play on Monday. The Orioles are fielding two teams, Black and Orange, in this league, largely populated with recent international acquisitions. FCL Orioles Black also includes last year’s fourth round pick, Coby Mayo.
The Black team beat the Twins, 6-2, with Mayo picking up two hits along with a pair of RBI.
Wednesday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: at Charlotte, 7:04. Starter: Dean Kremer
- Bowie: at Akron, 6:35. Starter: Blaine Knight
- Aberdeen: vs. Brooklyn, 4:35. Doubleheader with each team being home/away once. Starters TBD.
- Delmarva: at Lynchburg, 5:00. Doubleheader, starters TBD.
The FCL Orioles are off today.