The Bowie Baysox continue to be the best team in Double-A baseball, as they took four of six games from the Richmond Squirrels and improved to a 13-4 record on the year.
The Baysox currently lead the Double-A Northeast Southwest Division in walks and are third in the league in on-base percentage. That right there is a recipe for success.
One of Bowie’s four wins was helped achieved by the bat of the No. 2 prospect in baseball, Adley Rutschman. The prized catcher would hit a game-tying three-run homer to then tie it in the ninth. Rutschman went 6-for-22 (.273) in the series.
Although the Bowie offense continued to shine, it was the starting rotation that really showed up for this series in Richmond.
The O’s No. 16 prospect, left-hander Kevin Smith, struck out seven batters in a row, with eight total, in his lone start this week. He now lowers his ERA to 1.38 on the season.
Along with Smith, the O’s No. 12 prospect, right-hander Kyle Bradish, also had an impressive start in this series. The product of the Dylan Bundy trade has yet to allow a run this season and went four strong innings with 10 strikeouts.
“He’s dominating, he’s the right age and we want to continue to challenge him and get him closer to the major leagues.”O’s Director of Player Development Matt Blood on Bradish call-up
Bradish has been so impressive this season, he was quickly promoted to Triple-A Norfolk after his start! We don’t know if this is permanent, but it’s great to see him get rewarded for his success on the mound!
And last, and certainly not least, the ace of the Baysox, lefty D.L. Hall, had another great outing, tossing four scoreless innings with eight K’s.
Bowie returns home for a series against the Harrisburg Senators starting Tuesday night. You can catch each Baysox game on MiLB.TV!