Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 0, Durham Tides 9
Today was a tale of two Norfolk pitchers who couldn’t get their act together. Kyle Bradish (the Orioles’ No. 12 prospect) pitched a rocky 1 ⅔ innings in his fifth start since being promoted to Triple-A, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks to Wander Franco and Durham’s Murderers’ Row. Then Conner Greene came in in the fourth and allowed a three-run bomb to catcher Brett Sullivan and one more solo homer for good measure. Bradish left with his ERA at 4.50; Greene at 7.04. More effective in relief, however, were Travis Lakins Sr., Cody Carroll, Claudio Custodio, and Marcos Diplán, who tossed a scoreless inning apiece.
Tides hitters had five hits, but couldn’t plate a run. Ryan McKenna went 1-for-4 with a two-bagger; Jahmai Jones (who’s got a 10-game hit streak going), Domingo Leyba, Nick Ciuffo, and Ramón Urías had a single each.
Double-A: Bowie Baysox 9, Akron RubberDucks 17
The Bowie bats made a valiant effort on Saturday, but the bullpen collapsed in extra innings to sink them this time.
The Baysox took a 4-3 lead with four runs in the fifth inning on a pair of doubles from Cadyn Grenier and Willy Yahn and a two-run home run from Yusniel Diaz. Diaz added an RBI single in the seventh to send the game into extra innings. Things went south from there, but it was a good day for several Baysox hitters. Diaz had a 2-for-5 day with three RBIs and a walk. He’s hitting .286. Adley Rutschman finished 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a walk. Cadyn Grenier and Patrick Dorrian had two hits apiece, and Willy Yahn three hits, including two doubles.
The rehabbing Mike Baumann pitched four innings with one earned run allowed on three hits. He was a little wild, with four walks allowed. Chris Lebron and Tim Naughton pitched solidly over the last five innings of regulation ball. Unfortunately, the game got out of hand in the 12th inning when Adley Rutschman allowed a passed ball to score a run before the RubberDucks hit a grand slam to put things out of reach. The Baysox are 27-12 on the season.
High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 19, Asheville Tourists 4
The IronBirds scored two touchdowns, a field goal and a—oh, wait. Believe it or not, the IronBirds were down 2-1 to Asheville after the second inning, but they scored a logic-defying 12 runs in the third to run away with this one. In the third inning alone, Toby Welk homered twice (!!), Jordan Westburg drove in three runs in two at-bats, J.D. Mundy hit a three-run home run, Shayne Fontana had an RBI double and Kyle Stowers singled in a run. Most nine-inning games don’t have that much offense.
Unsurprisingly, it was a monster day at the plate for several IronBirds hitters. After his 3-for-5, 6-RBI day, J.D. Mundy is hitting .302 with a 1.202 OPS. Westburg and Welk each went 3-for-6 with 4 RBIs apiece. Kyle Stowers finished 2-for-3 with a walk to give him a .271 BA/.887 OPS line so far. And Adam Hall reached base four times, with three hits and a walk.
No. 25 prospect Drew Rom, enjoying the run support, picked up his fourth win. He tossed five innings, allowed three runs, and threw 78 pitches.
Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Salem Red Sox 2
Down 2-0 in the first, the Shorebirds answered back with four runs on a pair of two-run home runs. Outfielder Dylan Harris went deep with Hudson Haskin aboard in the bottom of the first. In the second, first baseman Trevor Kehe homered, driving in Christopher Cespedes. That was all the runs the Birds would need.
Starter Shane Davis (3-1, 4.66 ERA), a 21-year-old righty out of North Carolina Central, pitched five innings of two-run ball, giving up five hits and zero walks on 78 pitches. Ryan Watson threw three scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Shelton Perkins threw a scoreless ninth.
Complete box scores from Saturday’s games can be found here.
Sunday’s scheduled games:
- Norfolk vs. Durham, 1:05 PM. Starter: Alex Wells (4-2, 5.20 ERA)
- Bowie vs. Akron, 1:35 PM. Starter: Grayson Rodriguez (2-1, 1.84 ERA)
- Aberdeen at Asheville, 1:05 PM. Starter: TBD
- Delmarva vs. Salem, 2:05 PM. Starter: Xavier Moore (1-2, 3.68 ERA)