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Orioles minor league recap 9/20: Bowie storms back to make championship series

Baysox come back from two runs down in must-win game to reach Northeast League Championship Series.

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Triple-A: Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins) 6, Norfolk Tides 2

Adley Rutschman smoked a two-run homer in the third, but the Jumbo Shrimp quieted the Norfolk bats the result of the way.

Rutschman’s home run was his fourth of the season at AAA. He finished 1-for-3 and now is batting .314 with 16 RBI in 33 games.

Kyle Stowers added a double in the loss. Ryan Hartman got the start and went 4.2 innings while allowing five earned runs.

Double-A: Bowie Baysox 7, Altoona Curve (Pirates) 5

Down 5-4 going into the eighth and needing a win to keep their season going, the Baysox went to work. After Johnny Rizer scored the tying run from second on a Toby Welk ground out, Cody Roberts followed with a single to right that scored Welk and Gunnar Henderson to give Bowie a lead it didn’t give up.

With the victory, Bowie now moves on to face the Akron RubberDucks in the Northeast League Championship Series.

Before the rally at the end, Bowie swatted three home runs to stay in range. Zach Watson had the first, a two-run shot in the first inning, and Patrick Dorrian and Andrew Daschbach added solo shots in the third and sixth innings, respectively.

Gunnar Henderson had two hits, while Jordan Westburg went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and a run.

Starter Mickey Jannis struggled, but Logan Gillaspie (three innings), Morgan McSweeney, Tim Naughton and Diogenes Almengo combined for six scoreless frames.

High-A: Greenville Drive (Red Sox) 4, Aberdeen IronBirds 1

The IronBirds finished up their season at 58-61 with a loss in which they allowed two runs in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie.

Adam Hall rapped out three hits in five at-bats, while Ramon Rodriguez went 2-for-4 and finished with a .305 average in Aberdeen. Hall also stole his 26th base, and TT Bowens, Lamar Sparks and Jean Carmona had singles.

Brandon Young got the start and pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit. Jake Lyons allowed three runs in four innings of relief to take the loss.

Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 9, Salem Red Sox 7

Delmarva won its regular season finale and finished 68-52, getting six runs in the sixth to erase a 6-1 deficit, then two runs in the top of the ninth to break a 7-7 tie.

Billy Cook drove in the winning runs in the ninth with a two-run homer. Darell Hernaiz (double) and Connor Norby had three hits apiece, while Cook and Jacob Teter (two doubles) each had two hits. Reed Trimble had a hit and drove in two runs.

Alex Pham got the win in relief, allowing two hits and no runs in two innings. He struck out one.

There are no games scheduled for Monday.

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