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Orioles MiLB Recap: June 5-10

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A look at how all four Baltimore Orioles Minor League affilates performed this past week

It was a busy week in the Orioles' farm system. Here is a look at how each affiliate performed this past week.

AAA Norfolk Tides

The Tides have had troubles against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Yankees AAA) all season. These two teams met for the first time back in April, and the Railriders finished off a clean sweep of the Tides at Harbor Park. Last week, Norfolk had a second go-around with the Tides but could not come out victorious in that series either, dropping the 6-game set 4-2.

Daniel Johnson stayed hot with a 9-for-25 showing last week against Scranton. Photo: Kate Kirsch

It's not like the offense was off its game, as a matter of the fact this series was a battle of the offense. The margins were slim; Norfolk was only out-hit 54-51 and out-scored 44-37. Daniel Johnson had a 4-for-6 day on Sunday while Billy Cook smashed two home runs in the final two games of the set. The Tides actually out-hit the Railriders 26-24 in the final two games, yet they dropped both games on walk-offs as the bullpen could not hold the fort down. In the bottom of the 9th on Saturday, Taylor Trammell and Greg Allen got to Matt Krook, who had an uncharacteristically rough outing with 4 earned runs, as Trammell tied the game with an RBI double and Allen dropped a 3-run bomb to end it. On Sunday, Trammell played hero for Scranton with a walk-off sacrafice fly off Wandisson Charles. For the Sunday game it is worth noting that Julio Teheran, who was brought back to the Orioles on a Minor League deal and was making his Tides debut, made extra work for the Tides as he allowed 7 earned runs over 4 innings with 4 walks.

Norfolk is now 32-31 after dropping the 6-game set at Scranton, and they sit even with the Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays AAA) in the International League standings, 11 games out of first place. Here are three notable peformers for the Tides from last week.

  • UT Billy Cook: the sweet-swinging utility man stays hot at the Triple-A level after going 8-for-24 (.333) the entire series and collecting 2 homers and 6 RBI in the final two games of the series.

  • OF Daniel Johnson: one of Norfolk's most productive outfielders this season, the 28-year-old went 9-for-25 (.367) in 5 games last week and concluded his week with a 4-for-6 showing on Sunday afternoon.

  • LHP Tucker Davidson: the southpaw came in relief on Wednesday and went 5.2 solid innings. His only hit and run allowed was a solo home run, but otherwise he racked up 7 strikeouts and needed just 68 pitches (49 strikes).

The Tides return home this week to face the Memphis Red Birds for a 6-game set. Grab your tickets here and get ready for a week full of promotions including Bark in the Park tonight, United States Marine Corps Night on Saturday, and a day full of Father's Day activities on Sunday.

AA Bowie Baysox

So, perhaps the Baysox do not like fireworks. Friday and Saturday were the only two games that they dropped in their 6-game homestand against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Mets AA), and both days included postgame fireworks. Other than that, the Baysox pulled off an awesome 4-2 series win.

Samuel Basallo flexed his power with a big 2-run home run on Friday night. Photo: Grant DeVivo

The Baysox did not need a ton of offense early on in the series, as the starting pitching showed out and set the stage for that one Baysox hitter to come through with a clutch hit. Seth Johnson's 4-inning 8 strikeout shutout performance on Tuesday allowed John Rhodes' 2-run homer be enough to secure a 4-1 win. Cameron Weston tossed 5 shutout innings on Thursday with the bullpen following thatup with 4 shutout innings of their own, so Jud Fabian's first inning 2-run bomb would have been enough to win the game. On Sunday, Johnson went back to work and even amidst 4 walks, he still tossed 3.2 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts. Dylan Heid locked it down with his 4th save of the season, concluding the Baysox series win at home.

Bowie sits at 29-27, just 3.5 games out of first place in the Eastern League. Here are three standout performers from last week's series win.

  • RHP Dylan Heid: this right-handed reliever has been the definition of Mr. Reliable out of Bowie's bullpen this season, and his success continued through last week. He made two appearances and tossed 4.2 shutout innings, striking out 5 batters and walking none. He has lowered his ERA to 1.03.

  • C/1B Samuel Basallo: the 19-year-old top prospect had a phenominal week going 8-for-25 (.348) with 2 HR and 7 RBI. The 2-run home run he cranked on Friday night was a showcase of the extreme power potential that he carries, one that is very suitable for a place like Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

  • RHP Cameron Weston: the righty is fairly new to AA ball, but he has done everything and more that has been asked of him. Weston tossed 5 shutout innings on Thursday, striking out 6 while surrendering just 1 hit and 2 walks. He only needed 72 pitches (43 strikes).

Bowie hits the road for a 6-game set against the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals AA), making it the first Double-A Battle of the Beltways showdown this season.

Adam Retzbach smashed his first home run of the season last week. Photo: John Topoleski

A+ Aberdeen Ironbirds

The Ironbirds paid a visit to the Brooykln Cyclones (Mets A+) last week. They managed to escape with a 3-3 series split, making them 6-7 this season against the Cyclones after dropping the first series 4-2. The early portion of the series for Aberdeen was defined by a lack of offense, as they were no-hit on Tuesday by three Cyclones pitchers and mustered just 3 runs on 8 hits on Thursday. The bats were able to break out for the final two games of the series in which both were wins with Aberdeen outscoring Brooklyn 21-12. Orioles No. 11 prospect Mac Horvath went a combined 6-for-9 on Saturday and Sunday. No. 5 prospect Enrique Bradfield Jr. went 3-for-6 with his 26th stolen bases of the season on Saturday, and former Vandy product Carter Young collected 2 RBI and 2 runs scored the same day.

Aberdeen sits in 5th place in the South Atlantic League with a 29-28 record. They are 3 games behind first place and the Jersey Shore Blue Clays (Phillies A+). Here are three standout performers from last week's series.

  • IF Mac Horvath: the power-hitting middle infielder is on a tear after going 9-for-22 (.409) last week with 5 stolen bases, which raises his sea son total to 29. He went 6-for-9 in the final two games of the series with 2 HR and 4 RBI.

  • C Adam Retzbach: the former Lehigh University backstop swung it hot last week, going 5-for-15 (.333) with a his first home run of the season, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored.

  • RHP Kyle Virbitsky: the 6'7" right-hander made two relief appearances last week, both of them being scoreless. He struck out 3 batters and allowed just 3 hits, and he collected his first profesioanl save to close ot Sunday's victory.

Aberdeen is home this week as they kick off a 6-game set tonight against the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers A+).

A- Delmarva Shorebirds

Aneudis Mordan hit his 10th home run of the season on Sunday. Photo: Hannah Reagle

After being swept the previous week by the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers A-), the Shorebirds bounced back nicely with a 4-2 series win against the Lynchburg Hillcats (Guardians A-) and are now 8-4 against them this season. Tuesday's win was propelled by some big late-game hitting. Noelberth Romero's RBI triple in the 7th inning put a big insurance run on the board for Delmarva and extended the lead to 5-3, and Kevin Guerrero's 8th inning RBI double padded the lead to 6-3. The bats completely broke out in the final two games of the series as Delmarva combined for 20 hits and 20 runs in those two games. Aneudis Mordan went 4-for-8 in those final two games of the series with his team-leading 10th home run of the season. Leandro Arias went 3-for-4 with 2 home runs of his own on Sunday. Overall, the series was defined by an awakening of the Delmarva bats that points towards an offensive outbreak to come in the following weeks for a team that has spent all season trying to find a groove with the bats.

Delmarva is now 19-37, and they still sit in last place in the Carolina League. Here are three standout performers from last week's series win.

  • C Aneudis Mordan: the power-hitting catcher slugged his 9th and 10th home runs last week and went 6-for-18 (.333) overall with 7 RBI and a 1.122 OPS.

  • IF Aron Estrada: the young infielder was very productive for the Shorebirds last week as he went 8-for-21 (.381) witha home run, 5 runs scored,a nd 2 stolen bases.

  • RHP Eccel Correa: the young righty tossed 4 innings of one-run ball on Sunday, striking out 6 and walking just 2 along the way.

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