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Orioles minor league recap 9/11: Drew Rom and Jordan Westburg lead Bowie to victory

The Baysox were the only Orioles affiliate to win last night, as offense was the problem at other levels of the minors.

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Triple-A: Durham Bulls (Rays) 10, Norfolk Tides 1

Tides’ starter Cody Sedlock took the loss despite allowing just two runs in six innings. He gave up four hits, including a two-run home run, and a walk while striking out eight. Thomas Eshelman gave up four runs in an inning of work, and Paul Fry gave up four runs over 0.2 innings.

Norfolk’s lone run came in the top of the ninth, courtesy of Adley Rutschman. The Orioles’ no. 1 prospect came to the plate with one out and crushed his third home run of the year for the Tides. It was his 21st home run of the year between Double-A and Triple-A. He’s hitting .330/.409/.511 with Norfolk after hitting .271/.392/.508 with Bowie earlier this year.

As for the rest of the Tides offense, Kyle Stowers and J.C. Escarra were the only other batters with a hit. Norfolk struck out 15 times as a team, and every batter had at least one strikeout.

Double-A: Bowie Baysox 8, Harrisburg Senators (Nationals) 3 (F/10)

Drew Rom started for the Baysox and spun five scoreless innings. He struck out seven batters and gave up only three hits. Despite allowing three runs in relief, Garrett Stallings came away with the win.

Harrisburg was trailing by one run in the bottom of the eighth when they got an RBI double to tie the score at three runs apiece. After a scoreless ninth, the game went into extras. But it didn’t take long for Bowie to strike. An odd sequence in the top of the 10th, including a fielder’s choice, an error, and a wild pitch, resulted in a couple of runs for the Baysox. Chris Hudgins and Jordan Westburg added run-scoring doubles to put Bowie ahead 8-3, which ended up as the final score of the game.

Bowie tallied 13 hits on the night and was 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Westburg went 3-for-6, Hudgins was 2-for-4, Patrick Dorrian was 2-for-6, and Johnny Rizer was 2-for-5.

High-A: Wilmington Blue Rocks (Nationals) 5, Aberdeen IronBirds 2

Aberdeen got shut out last night until the final inning, when they scored a couple of runs to tie the game. But they still fell short Friday night. The Blue Rocks walked if off with a three run home run in the bottom of the ninth.

Jake Prizina started for the Ironbirds and gave up a run in the second and a run in the fourth. He pitched a total of five innings and allowed three hits, two runs (including a homer), one walk, and five strikeouts. Aberdeen’s final pitcher of the night, Xavier Moore, was responsible for Wilmington’s game-winning three-run homer.

The Ironbirds’ lineup struck out 14 times and left six runners on base while going 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. First baseman TT Bowens went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, and Ramon Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with an RBI sacrifice fly.

Low-A: Fredericksburg Nationals 6, Delmarva Shorebirds 1

The Shorebirds’ offense stalled out last night, generating just five hits and one run. They left 10 runners on base and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Their defense had a rough night too, with three errors. Shortstop Collin Burns had a fielding error and a throwing error, while second baseman Darrell Hernaiz had a throwing error as well.

Delmarva’s starter, Carlos Tavera, tossed three scoreless innings and reliever Alex Pham followed him with a scoreless inning of his own. But Cameron Bishop allowed five runs in the fifth, which proved to be the difference in the game.

The O’s second round draft pick this year, Connor Norby, went hitless but earned two walks and stole two bases. Hernaiz also stole his 21st bag of the year. At the bottom of Delmarva’s lineup, Logan Michaels and Burns each had a pair of hits.

Complete box scores from all of last night’s games can be found here.

Saturday’s scheduled games

  • Norfolk at Durham, 1:05 PM. Starter: Kyle Bradish (3-5, 5.27 ERA) Makeup of June 4
  • Norfolk at Durham, 6:35 PM. Starter: Blaine Knight (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
  • Bowie at Harrisburg, 6:00 PM. Starter: Mickey Jannis (0-2, 7.65 ERA)
  • Aberdeen at Wilmington, 6:05 PM. Starter: Zach Peek (3-0, 3.63 ERA)
  • Delmarva vs. Fredericksburg, 7:05 PM. Starter: TBD