Orioles minor league recaps, 8/18/2013

Is Mike Wright the leading candidate for the 2013 Jim Palmer Award? - Bert Hindman

Tsuyoshi Wada, Mike Wright and Tim Berry all took the hill with varying results...

Norfolk 2, Columbus 4: As seems to have been the case on previous occasions, Tsuyoshi Wada followed up a fine performance with something less. Wada ended up holding on for six innings against the Clippers, but had a rocky third where he gave up three earned runs. Overall, Wada walked one, struck out one gave a up a homer and nine hits. Jonathan Schoop hit a two run homer, but was otherwise quiet. The X Man continued his hot August  (.403 OBP on the month) with a two hit effort.

Bowie 11, Richmond 0: A small, but hearty Camden Chat contingent was on hand to witness Mike Wright toss a gem against the Flying Squirrels. The tall drink of water from South Carolina allowed five hits over seven shutout innings of work. Wright didn't quite have his sinker worker, but that was okay, because he struck out nine Flying Squirrels while walking only one on his way to his 11th win. Wright is definitely a name to keep in mind as you start thinking about possible rotation combinations for 2014. Bowie's lineup of Eastern League old timers worked over Richmond starter Chris Gloor for nine hits. Presently on rehab, Wilson Betemit turned in his typical horrorshow performance against lefty Gloor, but singled as the first batter to face righty reliever Scott Shuman. Betemit advanced to 3rd on wild pitches, but was brutally gunned down at home on an absolute laser from left fielder Javier Herrera. Granted, the play may have been closer had Betemit mustered more than a saunter. Another brief comment regarding Betemit: life on the DL seems to have suited him. He really appears to be in good physical shape right now. Best of his life? Perhaps.

Frederick 5, Winston-Salem 1: While Tim Berry didn't have his best outing of the season, for sure (three walks, one homer allowed), there were still some positives to be taken away (four strikeouts, six groundouts). Neither Dariel Alvarez nor Michael Ohlman were able to hit off the beleaguered Dash pitchers, but each drew a walk with Alvarez also picking up his first steal for the Keys. Johnny Ruettiger walked twice and stole two bases (his 39th and 40th of the year).

Aberdeen 1, Connecticut 4: Donnie Hart had his string of six scoreless outings broken as he allowed three earned runs in the bottom of the 8th to take the loss. Alex Santana made the start for the Ironbirds and struck out four batters in three innings, but also walked three. Fresh off his appearance in the NYPL All Star game, Jimmy Yacabonis walked three batters in .2 innings. The offense never really got going, but Trey Mancini hit his 14th double of the season and continues to linger near the league lead.

Rookie League Roundup:

GCL O's were off as was one of the DSL squads.

Wilmer Aquino 7 IP/1 ER/1 BB/11 K

Ronald Soto 1-3, BB, SB, also threw out an opposing baserunner

Alex Mercedes 3 SB

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