Minor league news and notes

As of about 4:30 p.m. two of the Orioles minor league clubs have postponed games today.

Single-A Frederick was scheduled to host Potomac tonight and the clubs will now try to play a doubleheader at Frederick on Sunday at 1 p.m. with Nate Moreau (11-10, 4.42) and Jake Pettit (5-0, 1.38) making the starts.

Short-season Single-A Aberdeen’s scheduled game today at home with Staten Island was cancelled and tomorrow’s contest at Staten Island has already been postponed. The IronBirds are scheduled for a 6 p.m. doubleheader on Monday at Staten Island.

The Orioles’ Dominican Summer League team lost today 7-1 to the DSL Royals. That evens the semi-final series at a win each with a third and deciding game to come on Sunday. The winner of that game will play the DSL Angels starting Monday in a best-of-five series for the DSL championship.

In today’s game, Jhason Conde drove in the lone O’s run and pitcher Samuel Jean gave up two runs over seven innings to take the loss. The Orioles won game one of that series, 3-0.

The Double-A Bowie Baysox are pushing for an Eastern League playoff berth. They lead Richmond by a game and a half for second place and a playoff berth with 10 games remaining. Their regular season will end with an eight-game homestand.

Oliver Drake (2-4, 5.71) is slated to pitch tonight when the Baysox play at Erie.

Bowie’s Joe Mahoney has 49 RBIs since the beginning of July, the most in the Eastern League in that time. LJ Hoes and Brandon Waring have six-game hitting streaks and Bowie’s Greg Miclat now has 50 stolen bases and has been caught just three times all year.

Despite sporting the second best record in the circuit at 71-60, Bowie did not place any players on the Eastern League post-season all-star team which was released Friday.

At Triple-A, Norfolk’s Brendan Harris is batting .305 in 23 August games and .229 on the year. Kyle Hudson is batting .359 with 19 stolen bases in 39 games since rejoining Norfolk in mid-July.

Frederick’s Jonathan Schoop joined the Keys in early June and hit just .232 in June and July. But Schoop is now batting .347 with four homers, 20 RBIs and a .950 OPS in 24 August games with eight doubles and a triple to add to the four homers.

Johnny Ruettiger, the Orioles’ eighth-round draft pick this year, began playing in games recently and went 6-for-13 in three contests in the Gulf Coast League. Since moving to Singe-A Delmarva, he is hitting .189 in 10 Shorebirds’ games with two doubles and two RBIs.

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