Triple-A: Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 8, Norfolk Tides 3
Zac Lowther’s difficult season continued here as the lefty was only able to record one out before being yanked. His final line: 0.1 innings, four hits, five runs, two walks, one strikeout. His season ERA is up to 6.93. Norfolk turned to five more pitchers to get through the remaining 7.2 innings. Konner Wade had the most noteworthy performance, allowing one run over three innings while striking out three. Shawn Armstrong tossed a scoreless inning.
Stevie Wilkerson, Tyler Nevin, and Mason McCoy each doubled. Wilkerson added a single as well. Jahmai Jones started in left field and went 1-for-4. Rylan Bannon singled and stole his fourth base of the season. As a team, the Tides walked six times and had seven hits, which would usually lead to more than three runs, but they were foiled by going 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and grounding into three double plays.
Double-A: Bowie Baysox 4, Erie SeaWolves (Tigers) 2
It was smooth sailing for Baysox starter Gray Fenter through five no-hit innings. But then he started to run out of gas in the sixth as he served up a home run followed by three more hits to knock him from the game. The bullpen took things from there and locked down the Erie lineup. Tim Naughton, Nick Vespi, and Diogenes Almengo combined for 3.1 scoreless innings to close out the win.
Robert Neustrom and Kyle Stowers provided the power for the Bowie bats; each of them left the yard with a solo home run. Toby Welk added a triple, his first of the year. Adley Rutschman was 0-for-3, but he did walk once and score a run. Neustrom also had an assist from the outfield, throwing out Towson University product Brady Policelli at second base. Rutschman also threw out a runner at second base when top prospect Spencer Torkelson tried to swipe a bag.
Kyle Stowers continues his absolute tear for Bowie. This is his 12th HR of the season, 5th with Bowie. He's now hitting .303 since his promotion. pic.twitter.com/fIvFr1FArl— The Verge- An Orioles MiLB Podcast (@BSLOnTheVerge) July 14, 2021
High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 5, Hickory Crawdads (Rangers) 1
The top half of the Aberdeen lineup went off in this one. Their first five hitters combined to go 8-for-20. Adam Hall led the way with three hits, including his first triple of the year. Gunnar Henderson, Shayne Fontana, and Hall each stole a base. For Hall, it was his 23rd successful theft of the year as he continues to show off his elite speed. Henderson added a hit, a walk, and a run scored.
Connor Gillispie started on the mound for the IronBirds, pitching well enough for a win but would instead be saddled with a hard-luck no-decision. The righty allowed one run on three hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over five innings. The one run he did allow came on a solo home run in the fourth inning. That was the only scoring that Hickory could muster as Garrett Farmer, Nick Roth, and Morgan McSweeney combined for four shutout innings. McSweeney’s outing was especially impressive as he struck out three batters in his inning of work.
Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 10, Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers) 2
The Shorebirds came into this game ready to swing. They scored their 10 runs on 15 hits and three walks, which helped them get around the 14 strikeouts they also racked up. Hudson Haskin turned in a 4-for-5 performance, stole two bases, and scored a run. Lamar Sparks, Andrew Martinez, and TT Bowens all hit home runs; Sparks and Martinez had Earl Weaver specials while Bowens’ was a two-run shot. Ramon Rodriguez went 3-for-4 and Darell Hernaiz added two hits.
Two pitchers covered the nine innings for Delmarva. Brandon Young was dominant over the opening four frames, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out seven and keeping Down East off the scoreboard. Ignacio Feliz tossed the final five innings to earn the win, serving up two runs (one earned) on four hits, a walk, and four strikeouts. Feliz’s ERA “ballooned” up to 1.05.
Complete box scores from Wednesday’s games can be found here. The Orioles’ two Florida League Complex teams did not play any games.
Thursday’s scheduled games
- Norfolk: at Memphis, 8:10. Starter: TBD
- Bowie: at Erie, 7:05. Starter: Kyle Brnovich (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
- Aberdeen: at Hickory, 7:00. Starter: Jake Prizina (1-1, 3.27 ERA)
- Delmarva: at Down East, 7:00. Starter: Shane Davis (4-2, 5.90 ERA)