Orioles 8/22 Minor League recap: Norfolk loses, but Tides starters continue to shine
Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 5, Charlotte Knights 7
Alas. On Saturday, Norfolk inherited relief pitchers from Baltimore and started to look like the Orioles. Rehabing Hunter Harvey pitched a scoreless sixth inning but allowed a single in the seventh, was called out and struggled with a run when Adam Plutko immediately retired from a homeroom. the home run bug. Plutko got two withdrawals before allowing another two-point circuit. Félix Bautista suffered a heavy loss, entering the ninth with Norfolk clinging to a 5-4 lead before relinquishing a brace, walk and homerun against Charlotte’s Romy Gonzalez.
Before this mess, however, Alexander Wells pitched five sparkling innings. The only hit he allowed was a single to Yasmani Grandal, who you might know as a true high-class player, in rehab right now. Wells didn’t work either. It’s a pretty dominant output. It’s been a very strong couple of games for the Norfolk rotation, with Cody Sedlock pitching five white innings yesterday and Ofelky Peralta allowing a run in 5.2 innings two nights ago.
It was an odd day for the offense, who scored five runs on just three hits. This can happen when your opponent offers you Three wild pitches with men at third base. Saturday’s performance at Most Birdland is undoubtedly that of Ryan McKenna, who walked twice, stole two goals, scored three points and homed. McKenna is reaching 0.317 and OPS 1.162 at Norfolk at this time. Meanwhile, Tyler Nevin went 1-for-4 with a double, and Adley Rutschman scored a single and scored a run. Jahmai Jones had an RBI bag fly. The lower half of the drive, however, was very quiet.
Double-A: Bowie Baysox 5, Reading Fightin Phils 1 (Game 1)
Bowie went in depth three times in this one, thanks to Kyle Stowers, Johnny Rizer, and Toby Welk. Each of them also had two hits, including a double for Rizer and Stowers.
Gray Fenter (4-2, 6.21 ERA) had a strong outing in his ninth start this season, with four innings with just one run allowed on a solo homeroom. He also hit three while walking three. Steven Klimek took the win with two flawless innings and Morgan McSweeney, brand new to Double-A baseball, threw a perfect seventh.
Bowie Baysox 4, Reading Fightin Phils 1 (game 2)
The Baysox broke a tie 1-1 with a fifth from three points. This round, Cadyn Grenier scored a single in one point, Patrick Dorrian trebled in another and Kyle Stowers scored a third point on a Groundout. That would be all she wrote in terms of offense, and all Bowie needed.
More good shots in this one: Kyle Brnovich only played two innings (on 61 shots, finishing with a 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 SW line), but David Lebron (5-0, 3, 26 ERA) picked up the IronBirds staff with four scoreless innings and no hits. Logan Gillaspie threw a clean seventh inning to even the sweep of the doubles program.
High-A: Aberdeen IronBirds 5, Wilmington Blue Rocks 7
Poor defense marred the rehab outing for Zac Lowther, who in 2.2 innings pitched 59 shots and allowed five runs, only two of which were earned. A Gunnar Henderson error kept a long third inning alive for Wilmington, and after three singles, Lowther was taken out for Easton Lucas, who made a bad situation worse by serving a baseline triple. Two more points scored on a home run by Conner Loeprich.
Aberdeen has landed nine hits, three of which belonged to a Terrin Vavra in rehab, OPS’ing 1,030 these days. Willy Yahn had a triple RBI. Maverick Handley had a home run. Hudson Haskin hit a triple RBI. Recently promoted Lamar Sparks has a 1,417 OPS. I’m just saying.
Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Fredericksburg Nationals 4 (10)
Delmarva’s revamped offense presented itself for this one, with the new guys playing a big part in a late-inning comeback where Delmarva scored a point in the ninth to tie the game and another in extra innings to win it. . John Rhodes netted an equal RBI brace and Colton Cowser hit the match winner, an RBI single in the tenth. Connor Norby, another 2021 recruit, netted a triple RBI in the first inning.
Delmarva starter Jean Pinto, 20, allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings, with eight strikeouts. Carlos Del Rosario secured the victory with a scoreless tenth inning.
Full box scores from Saturday’s matches can be found here.
The scheduled Sunday matches:
Norfolk at Durham, 5:05 p.m. Starter: Kyle Bradish (3-3, 4.34 RPM)
Bowie vs. Reading, 2:15 p.m. Starter: Grayson Rodriguez (5-1, 2.33 RPM)
Aberdeen vs. Wilmington, 2:05 p.m. Starter: to be determined
Delmarva vs. Fredericksburg, 5:05 p.m. Holder: Ty Blach (0-0, 0.00 ERA)