Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 1, Charlotte Knights 3
Another meh day for the Tides’ offense. Their lone run came on a double from Richie Martin (2-for-4) to score DH Ryan Ripken. Meanwhile, Robert Neustrom (0-for-4, 4 K’s) earned the dreaded golden sombrero. But all was not lost: Adley Rutschman reached three times, with a hit and two walks to give him a .364 average at Triple-A. J.C. Escarra had two hits.
Cody Sedlock (1-1, 2.63 ERA) had a pretty good start for Norfolk but took the loss, going 4.2 innings with two runs allowed on seven hits, three strikeouts and a walk. Blaine Knight (4.91 ERA) threw three innings, coughing up one run on a two-out walk and a double.
Double-A: Bowie Baysox 1, Somerset Patriots 4
Garrett Stallings (1-2, 5.29) took the loss today, throwing four scoreless before losing his mojo in the fifth. A single, hit batsman, and 3-run homer put the Baysox in a hole. Tyler Burch relieved Stallings and allowed a fourth run to score that inning. Drew Rom threw four scoreless innings in relief.
The Baysox answered back, sort of, with one run in the bottom of the fifth. Toby Welk singled, Chris Hudgins walked, and Terrin Vavra singled home a run. Only two other Baysox had hits (both singles): Cadyn Grenier and the unstoppable Zach Watson (.280, .842 OPS).
High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 2, Jersey Shore BlueClaws 3
Aberdeen’s Jake Prizina (4.04 ERA) threw four scoreless with four strikeouts, then allowed a pair of runs in the fifth. Garrett Farmer allowed one more run in the sixth, taking the loss. Adam Stauffer pitched three scoreless innings to close the game.
It was a good day, however, for Lamar Sparks, who drove in both IronBirds’ runs with a two-run single in the fifth. Gunnar Henderson singled and scored a run. CF Dylan Harris walked twice and also scored once.
Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 21, Carolina Mudcats
I was going down the Delmarva boxscore, checking player RBIs: “1 ... 2 . . . 0 . . . nine?” Yes, 1B Billy Cook, drafted this year in the 10th round out of Pepperdine, hit two grand slams and a solo homer in one day. What a day for Billy Cook.
It was raining hits in Zebulon, NC. Every Shorebird reached base once or more. Coby Mayo (2-for-5, 1 BB) homered again. Connor Norby went 3-for-5 and scored four times. Colton Cowser (3-for-6) went deep and drove in five runs. Shortstop Collin Burns also had three hits.
It wasn’t just a huge day for the bats, but also for the 20-year-old Jean Pinto, who whiffed 11 Mudcats on Saturday over six innings. OK, Jean Pinto, we see you. You figure this guy, who was already named Low-A Pitcher of the Month two days ago with a 1.35 ERA in 26.2 innings, is going to crack the ranks of Orioles’ top prospects pretty soon.
JEAN PINTO!!!— The Verge- An Orioles MiLB Podcast (@BSLOnTheVerge) September 4, 2021
Pinto dominated from the start today:
6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K pic.twitter.com/pjO0HOe6Zu
Complete box scores from Saturday’s games can be found here.
Sunday’s scheduled games:
Norfolk vs. Charlotte, 6:05 PM. Starter: Kyle Bradish (3-5, 5.25 ERA)
Bowie vs. Somerset, 1:35 PM. Starter: Mickey Jannis (0-1, 6.60 ERA)
Aberdeen vs. Jersey Shore, 2:05 PM. Starter: Zach Peek (2-0, 3.94 ERA)
Delmarva at Carolina, 1:00 PM. Starter: Ty Blach (0-0, 0.00 ERA)