Around the Minors: 7/26/2013

You cannot stop Zelous Wheeler, you can only hope to contain him. - Bill Vaughan

The affiliates go 4-8, Schoop returns to Norfolk, Mike Wright is the man...

Norfolk 2, Rochester 5: Schoop went 0-3 on the evening, but no one else in the lineup did much of anything either...except for the man whose enthusiasm for baseball cannot be contained, Zelous Wheeler (2-4). The impeccably named infielder from Childersburg, Alabama has been on a tear slashing .250/.372/.500 in his last 10 games. Josh Stinson took the loss allowing all five runs on eleven hits and a walk.

L.J. Hoes struck out thrice and the X Man DNP.

Bowie 3, Erie 4: Tough loss for the Baysox as they squandered a pretty nice performance out of Mike Wright. The ECU alum K'd ten and walked none in six innings. He allowed eight hits and induced four groundouts. Brandon "Pops" Waring homered and Christian Walker picked up a single in five trips. Marcel Prado blew a save opportunity and Andy Loomis walked two and allowed a hit with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to pick up the loss. Trayvon Robinson walked twice and stole two bases.

Frederick 3, Salem 2: While the Keys also were bolstered by a fine start, they succeeded where their big brothers extra innings. Sixteen, to be precise. Another fine outing from Tim Berry seemed to put the Keys in the driver's seat, but Berry left in the bottom of the 8th with a shutout and two men on. Ashur Tolliver allowed both to score and the game was tied and would remain that way until who else but Michael Ohlman doubled home Sammy Starr for the go ahead run in the top of the 16th.

On the day, Berry went 7.1 innings, allowed three hits and was charged with two earned runs. He struck out four and walked none. Tolliver, Miguel Chalas, Lex Rutledge and Gene Escat combined for 8.2 innings of shutout relief. In his Carolina League debut, Rutledge pitched two of those innings and was credited with the victory. Rutledge also allowed three baserunners and struck out one.

In addition to doubling, Ohlman also walked, though it's telling, perhaps, that the top offensive performance was turned in by Jason Esposito (3-6). The top five hitters were a combined 1-33 with one walk.

Delmarva 5, Hagerstown 1: Parker Bridwell continues to taunt us with his potential. Bridwell shut out the Suns for 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out four. It was his third scoreless outing in ten. Mychal Givens bailed Bridwell out in the sixth and went two innings more allowing the only run scored by the Suns. Offensively, Lucas Herbst doubled and tripled; Greg Lorenzo singled, tripled and stole his 25th base and Rod Bernadina singled and stole a base. Adrian Marin doubled and now has put together a vry solid second half in which he has slashed .325/.364/.412.

Aberdeen 1, Hudson Valley 5: Janser Severino picked up the quality start, but lost anyways. Trey Mancini and Mike Yazstrzemski continue to be the only Ironbirds that hit with any regularity. Hector Veloz was 0-4.

Notable Rookie League Performances:

Hunter Harvey: 2 IP, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (GCL)

Josh Hart: 1-4 (GCL)

Cristian Alvarado: 3 IP, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR (DSL 2)

Ademar Rifaela: 3-7, 2 2B (DSL 2)

Luis Chaves: 4-6, HR, BB (DSL 2)

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