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Orioles minor league recap 7/3: Rutschman logs another multi-hit game and Delmarva throws a shutout

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The Shorebirds were the only affiliate to win last night, and they did it in dominant fashion. Elsewhere, Bowie and Aberdeen lost by a run and Norfolk got shut out.

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Triple-A: Charlotte Knights (White Sox) 4, Norfolk Tides 0

Kyle Bradish had a solid start for the Tides, but his offense didn’t do him any favors on account of getting shut out. The O’s Triple-A affiliate had a grand total of three hits on the night and left 10 runners left on base, although they were able to work six free passes. The three hits included a double by Jahmai Jones and singles by Tyler Nevin and Seth Meijas-Brean. Jones also stole his fifth base of the year.

Acquired from the Angels in December 2019 as part of the package for Dylan Bundy, Bradish pitched five innings last night with five hits, two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts. He allowed one home run — a solo shot by former Oriole Time Beckham — and now owns a 4.20 ERA.

Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 7, Bowie Baysox 6

In an extra-inning affair last night, the Baysox were unable to outlast the RubberDucks. There were several lead changes in the game, yet the Baysox went into the bottom of the ninth with a 6-5 lead. But a wild pitch by Bowie’s Felix Bautista allowed the tying run to score, and one inning later, the RubberDucks got the walk-off win on a sacrifice fly off of Nick Vespi.

Michael Baumann started for the Baysox and performed quite well. He allowed one run, three hits, one walk, and six strikeouts over five innings of work to lower his 2021 ERA to 7.06.

On offense, Adley Rutschman went 2-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI, and a run scored. And I almost forgot to mention, he stole his first bag of the season. Rutschman is now hitting .288 with a .936 OPS. Right fielder Kyle Stowers was 2-for-5 with a solo home run and second baseman Greg Cullen was 1-for-4 with a solo home run of his own.

High-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) 6, Aberdeen IronBirds 5

Connor Gillispie had a rough night on the mound for Aberdeen, allowing five runs and eight hits over 4.2 innings. It put the IronBirds in a hole that they couldn’t dig out of, as they lost by one run to the Cyclones.

Down 4-0 in the bottom of the second, Aberdeen got three runs on an RBI groundout by Dylan Harris, an RBI double by Christopher Burgess, and an RBI single by Jordan Westburg. With a score of 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Aberdeen got their final two runs of the game on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. But it was too little too late, as the Cyclones’ six runs held up and Aberdeen fell to 28-23 on the season.

Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland) 0

With a total of 13 hits, Delmarva pummeled the Hillcats on Friday night. TT Bowens was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and his seventh home run of the year, a solo shot in the seventh inning. Right fielder Cristopher Cespedes was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two stolen bases while second baseman Andrew Martinez and third baseman Jean Carmona had two hits apiece.

Shane Davis got the start for Delmarva and he did not disappoint, throwing five shutout innings with three hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Reliever Ryan Watson kept the scoreless streak going by pitching the last four innings of the game to earn his first save of the year.

Complete box scores from Friday’s games can be found here.

Saturday’s scheduled games:

  • Norfolk at Charlotte, 7:04. Starter: Kevin Smith (0-1, 5.00 ERA)
  • Bowie at Akron, 7:05. Starter: Grayson Rodriguez (3-0, 1.82 ERA)
  • Aberdeen vs Brooklyn, 6:05. Starter: TBD
  • Delmarva vs Lynchburg, 6:30. Starter: Noah Denoyer (4-2, 3.90 ERA)