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Orioles minor league recap 9/19: Poor pitching up and down the farm spoils Saturday for O’s affiliates

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In brief: nobody won.

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Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 4, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 11

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but none of the Tides pitchers looked good today. Dean Kremer was passable in a short two-inning outing, with one run and three hits allowed. But Blaine Knight (3.1 IP, 5 R, 7.64 ERA) was ineffective, as he has been so far at Norfolk. Claudio Custodio allowed one unearned run, but Adam Plutko allowed two runs in one inning and Nick Vespi allowed two more.

The Tides scored four runs on three long balls, one apiece from Jahmai Jones (2-for-3 with 2 RBI), Tyler Nevin (2-for-3 with a walk) and Mason McCoy (1-for-4 with an RBI). Adley Rutschman was 0-for-5 with a strikeout, but he’s still OPSing .913, so everyone stay calm.

Double-A: Bowie Baysox 2, Altoona Curve 9

Bruce Zimmermann’s rehab start could have gone better, but it could have gone worse. He threw 45 pitches over 2.1 innings, allowing a run in the first before getting pulled with two runners aboard in the third, whom Steven Klimek allowed to score. Klimek allowed two more runs of his own to score in 1.2 innings of not-so-effective work. Kyle Brnovich threw four innings with three runs on a pair of homers allowed. Tyler Burch pitched the ninth with just an unearned run allowed.

The Baysox’s two runs came on long balls. Jordan Westburg, who’s starting to find his footing in Double-A, hit one in the fifth inning. Cadyn Grenier hit a homer of his own in the ninth inning.

High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 2, Greenville Drive 3

Griffin McLarty took a tough-luck loss. He pitched five innings and allowed three runs—only two earned—on three hits and two walks. He also struck out five. Ryan Watson and Luis Perez combined for four scoreless innings of relief.

The IronBirds struck out 16 times on the day and came up with five hits. The most important of the hits came from TT Bowens, who reached base three times (1 H, 2 BB). Bowens scored the IronBirds’ first run on a Ryne Ogren single, and also clocked a home run in the third inning.

Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Salem Red Sox 11

Good things usually don’t happen when your starter gives up six runs in 1.2 innings, and good things didn’t happen for the Shorebirds on Saturday. Houston Roth (8-4, 4.54 ERA) got tagged and two of three Shorebirds relievers did, too: Daniel Lloyd (2.0 IP, 2 R, 4 H) and Thomas Girard (2.1 IP, 3 R, 5 H). Rickey Ramirez (4-1, 3.21 ERA) threw two scoreless, however.

Delmarva racked up 11 hits and 5 walks, but didn’t score enough to make this one close. Four Shorebirds had two-hit days, though: Donta’ Williams (.286 BA, .796 OPS), Connor Norby (.266, .830), Jacob Teter (.308, .906), and John Rhodes (.278, .739). Reed Trimble, Colton Cowser, and Darell Hernaiz all singled.

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

Sunday’s scheduled games:

Norfolk vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 PM. Starter: Ryan Hartman (1-0, 4.22 ERA)

Bowie vs. Altoona, 1:35 PM. Starter: Mickey Jannis (0-2, 7.27 ERA)

Aberdeen vs. Greenville, 2:05 PM. Starter: Brandon Young (0-2, 4.97 ERA)

Delmarva at Salem, 4:05 PM. Starter: Ty Blach (0-0, 0.75 ERA)