Parker Bridwell came two outs shy of a no-hitter Tuesday night for High-A Frederick, headlining a night of impressive pitching performances in the club's farm system.
Bridwell, 22, struck out eight batters and didn’t allow a base runner until a walk in the sixth inning of the Keys’ 7-0 win over Potomac. He ended the night with two walks in 8 1/3 innings, and left the game after allowing a one-out base hit in the ninth to Nationals second baseman Tony Renda.
Bridwell, the Orioles' ninth-round pick in 2010, signed for $625,000 but has yet to put together much success. He has spent parts of the last three seasons, including all of the past two, with Low-A Delmarva. He made 53 starts for the Shorebirds, with a 13-21 record with a 5.43 ERA.
He entered Tuesday with a 6.09 ERA, and had only allowed fewer than three earned runs in one of his previous seven starts, but he lowered his season ERA to 5.61 with Tuesday’s effort.
Bridwell’s was one of many well-pitched games Tuesday on the farm. In Double-A Bowie, left-hander Tim Berry struck out five batters and allowed one run and five hits in seven innings as the Baysox topped Richmond, 5-1.
In a morning game for Delmarva, left-hander Steven Brault threw six innings, giving up one run, with seven strikeouts and no walks in the Shorebirds' 2-1 walk-off win over Lakewood.