An early look at the minors

The four Orioles full-season minor league affiliates are underway in their seasons with a combined record of 5-6 so far.

* Triple-A Norfolk is 1-2, averaging 4.0 runs per game with a 5.57 ERA.
* Double-A Bowie is 1-2, averaging 3.0 runs per game with a 6.00 ERA.
* Single-A Frederick is 1-1, averaging 8.5 runs per game with a 5.00 ERA.
* Single-A Delmarva is 2-1, averaging 6.3 runs per game with a 4.50 ERA.

Among individual players, Manny Machado is batting .273 for Bowie, going 3-for-11 so far. Since he had two hits in first two Eastern League at-bats, he is 1-for-9. His teammate, first baseman Tyler Townsend, is batting .273 with two homers and five RBIs in his first two games at the Double-A level. Lefty Jake Pettit gave up two runs over six innings in his debut in the Eastern League Saturday.

Bobby Stevens hit two homers in Frederick's 10-4 victory over Salem on Saturday and Mike Flacco went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Scott Copeland did not allow an earned run over five innings to get that win.

Steve Johnson pitched well in his season debut for Triple-A Norfolk yesterday, getting the win in game two of a doubleheader against Charlotte. He gave up just one run and three hits over five innings and Jamie Hoffman hit a two-run homer. The Tides are batting .190 as a team through three games.

Outfielder John Ruettiger, the Orioles eighth-round pick last year out of Arizona State, is off to a fast start with Delmarva. He is 5-for-10 with four runs, four walks and is 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. He has reached base nine times in the season's first three games with an OBP of .643.

In Game Two of a doubleheader Saturday, Parker Bridwell got the win, allowing one run and four hits over five innings to get his first South Atlantic League victory.

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