The Bowie Baysox were in a rut, and coming home was what they were looking for in order to snap out of it.
Losers of eight out of their last 10 games, this series against the Harrisburg Senators would start out with a 6-5 loss to send the Baysox into a five-game winless streak.
They would work around postponements and end up winning three of the last four games to take the series.
One of the biggest stand-outs of the series was Gunnar Henderson. He would go 9-for-17 (.529) for the week, collecting a double, a home run, four RBIs and five runs scored on the way to earning Player of the Week honors for the Eastern League.
Henderson’s biggest game came in the opener. Batting behind top prospect Adley Rutschman, Henderson would go 3-for-4 with a three-run home run that would tie the game. He would end the game with four RBIs in the unfortunate loss.
On the season, the Orioles’ No. 3 prospect is batting .309 with four home runs and 18 RBIs. He has collected 10 stolen bases and holds a .965 OPS.
Of course, most of the spotlight this week went to top prospect, Adley Rutschman. Promoted to Norfolk on Friday, the switch-hitting catcher would play in three games before he headed south.
Rutschman would go 5-for-12 (.417) during his brief stint, collecting two doubles, two RBIs and two walks. In Wednesday’s 10-7 victory, Rutschman would get on base three times via two hits and a walk. He would pick up his first two RBIs as well.
Bowie had the luxury of having three of the Orioles’ top-five prospects, with D.L. Hall also joining the Baysox for the week. Though Hall would pick up the loss in Thursday’s 6-1 defeat, he showed that his fastball is still as dominant as ever.
Though Hall allowed two runs, he only gave up two hits, while striking out six across 3.2 innings of work. The flamethrower was promoted with Rutschman to Norfolk this past Friday to further his development.
Garrett Stallings and Morgan McSweeney would work together to pitch the 11th no-hitter in Baysox history in Sunday’s 4-0 win.
Stallings would toss six innings, striking out five and walking two, not allowing any runs to score. McSweeney would follow, pitching one inning to round out the feat.
Stallings moved to 2-2 on the year with a 2.63 ERA. He has struck out 23 across 24 innings of work, and his WHIP stands at 0.75.
McSweeney would work in Bowie’s 10-7 win, picking up his first save on the season. Across seven games, he has a 1-1 record after working 9.2 innings and collecting 13 strikeouts.
Its been a fun week for Bowie, as they look to keep the ship righted. They are now 12-13 on the season and will take on the Reading Fightin Phils starting Tuesday.
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