The Bowie Baysox took the field for their first six-game series of the year, this one against the Birmingham Rumble Ponies.
Although game five was rained out and postponed, the Baysox bested their opponent in three of the five games played so far for this set.
The pitching was at a premium for the Baysox, as many arms shined throughout these games.
Two of the three wins were credited to the starters, and these two winners were O’s No. 17 prospect Drew Rom and lefty Brandon Young.
Rom struck out eight in his outing in game three that improved his record to 1-1. Young was electric in his game four start, which would become his first win on the year. He gave up just one run over five innings.
Cameron Bishop had himself one heck of an outing in relief of Young in game four. He tossed four innings giving up just one run, while striking out six. Bishop and Young combined for 10 Ks in that game.
Ryan Watson delivered an even better relief outing in game two. He also went four innings, however he struck out seven without allowing a hit. He also earned his first win in that outing.
The offense was also on point for most of this series. Adam Hall hit safely in the first four games, drawing a few walks in the process. That is a very positive sign for the young shortstop.
My personal favorite prospect, the O’s No. 15 prospect, Joey Ortiz, also rose to the occasion. In some of his first play since his injury last year, Ortiz has been great. He had a double and four RBIs in this series alone, while playing phenomenal defense per usual.
O’s No. 3 prospect Gunnar Henderson also had himself a nice series at the plate. He recorded three walks alone in game four and netted three RBIs in the series.
There were plenty of home runs hit for the Baysox. JD Mundy, Toby Welk, No. 6 prospect Jordan Westburg, Shayne Fontana and Andrew Dashbasch all homered against the Rumble Ponies.
Westburg begins his Double-A season by making a big push towards being sent up to Triple-A Norfolk. Beyond his advanced plate approach, he has showcased great defense so far this year.
He is part of an incredibly talented middle infield group in Bowie that also includes Henderson and Ortiz. All three of these players have stardom written all over them and are three top-30 prospects Oriole fans really do not want to miss out on.
The Baysox begin their next series at home against the Akron Rubber Ducks. Game one starts on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. EST.
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