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Orioles minor league recap 7/8: Rom remains undefeated for Aberdeen

Standout performances came from all levels as Jahmai Jones went deep, Robert Neustrom kept hitting, J.D. Mundy stays hot, and Ignacio Feliz remains unhittable.

MILB: JUL 07 Gulf Coast League - GCL Rays at GCL Orioles Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Triple-A: Durham (Rays) Bulls 11, Norfolk Tides 2

Mickey Jannis was roughed up here, allowing six runs on nine hits, a walk, and three strikeouts over four innings. His season ERA jumped more than a run to 4.41. The first pitcher out of the bullpen, Claudio Custodio, gave up four runs in two innings, but all four were unearned due to a fielding error by Norfolk centerfielder Yusniel Diaz. Shawn Armstrong and Fernando Abad tossed a scoreless inning each while Eric Hanhold served up one run in his single inning of work.

There wasn’t much good news about the Tides’ offense, but Jahmai Jones did go 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season. Rylan Bannon and Mason McCoy both doubled. Stevie Wilkerson added a hit and a walk at the top of the order.

Double-A: Richmond (Giants) Flying Squirrels 4, Bowie Baysox 3 - F/10

Despite the loss, there were some positives to take away from each of the Bowie pitching performance. Kyle Brnovich started and turned in five innings while allowing two runs on four hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Gray Fenter followed with just one run allowed on two hits, two walks, and six strikeouts over four innings. That’s a big boost for a talented pitcher that is still sporting an inflated 8.03 ERA. Felix Bautista took the loss as he allowed the ghost runner on second to score in the 10th inning, but he also struck out two batters and did not give up any hits while walking one.

All of the Baysox hits came from the lineup’s top four hitters. Lead-off hitter Cadyn Grenier was 1-for-4 with a single and a walk. Number two hitter Adley Rutschman was 2-for-3 with two walks. Patrick Dorrian was 1-for-4 with a single and a walk out of the three spot. And Robert Neustrom cleaned up with 2-for-4, a double, and all three of the team’s RBI.

High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 9, Greenville (Red Sox) Drive 1

Drew Rom was the star in this one. The 21-year-old lefty tossed five scoreless innings while striking out six and walking three. He is now undefeated (6-0) on the year and has a 2.85 ERA. Ryan Conroy followed by tip-toeing around five hits while striking out three and allowing just one run over three innings. Easton Lucas wrapped up the IronBirds win with a ninth inning in which he struck out the side in order.

Former undrafted free agent J.D. Mundy maintained his season-long tear with a 3-for-5 game, including his ninth double. Jordan Westburg singled twice, walked twice, and scored thrice. Zach Watson, Gunnar Henderson, Maverick Handley, and Andrew Daschbach added a hit each; Daschbach’s knock was the only double of the bunch.

Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Salem Red Sox 1

A trio of Shorebirds pitchers combined to allow just one run in the win. Brandon Young started and made his way through four innings, allowing one run on one hit, two walks and three strikeouts. Thomas Girard added one scoreless inning in the fifth to bridge the gap to Ignacio Feliz, who was spectacular once again. Feliz earned his third win of the year with four scoreless frames in which he struck out five, walked three, and allowed just three hits. His season ERA is down to 0.95.

There was just as much to celebrate in Delmarva’s lineup. Hudson Haskin led the way with three hits, a double and two runs scored. Darell Hernaiz and Yorkislandy Alvarez both registered two hits apiece. Andrew Martinez doubled for the sixth time on the year.

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: vs Durham, 7:05. Starter: Kyle Bradish (1-2, 4.20 ERA)
  • Bowie: vs Richmond, 6:35. Starter: Mike Baumann (0-2, 7.06 ERA)
  • Aberdeen: at Greenville, 7:05. Starter: Connor Gillispie (4-4, 5.62 ERA)
  • Delmarva: vs Lynchburg, 6:30. Starter: Shane Davis (4-1, 4.03 ERA)