Orioles minor league rundown: All around bad starting pitching leads to five losses in six games

Dariel Alvarez - Tim Jacobsen

Only the Bowie Baysox won last night, and even they lost one half of their double header.

Norfolk Tides 2, Charlotte Knights 12

Knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa pitched for the Tides last night and the outcome was not good. In fact, "not good" is a major understatement. In just 1 1/3 innings, Gamboa walked six and and gave up four hits, resulting in eight runs. Relief pitcher Tim Alderson wasn't much better, giving up four more runs in his four innings pitched. Adam Russell and Zelous Wheeler -- that's right, infielder Zelous Wheeler -- pitched one scoreless inning each to finish the game. Wheeler even struck out two!

Our old friend Jason Berken started for the Knights last night and shut out the Tides over seven innings, allowing five hits and two walks. The Tides got to the relief pitching for two runs over the final two innings, but it was too little too late. Steve Clevenger had two hits and new Oriole Dan Johnson had a hit and a walk. Former Oriole Travis Ishikawa homered for the Knights.

Bowie Baysox 1, Erie Seawolves 7

Devin Jones started for the Baysox and pitched 4 innings. He gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks. Chris Petrini pitched the final two innings of game one in the doubleheader and gave up two runs of his own.

Despite nine hits over seven innings, the Baysox only managed one run. John Ruettiger, Caleb Joseph, and Dariel Alvarez each had two hits, with Alvarez hitting a home run for the team's only run.

Bowie Baysox 8, Erie Seawolves 2

The second game of the doubleheader was the only win by the affiliates tonight. Jake Pettit pitched a complete game (seven innings) and gave up two runs on three hits and two walks.

The Baysox lineup was lead by home runs by Caleb Joseph and Seth Loman, who combined for five RBI. Niuman Romero and Buck Britton each had two hits. Only Brian Ward and Brandon Waring went hitless though Waring had two walks.

Former Orioles farmhand Will Startup pitched one inning and gave up both homers.

Frederick Keys 2, Salem Red Sox 8

For the most part it was a tough night for starting pitchers in the system, and this game was no exception. Davies gave up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits, one of which was a homer. He didn't walk anyone and struck out five. Miguel Chalas pitched the final three innings and gave up one run on a homer.

It was a good night for Glynn Davis at the plate, as he had two hits and a walk. Tucker Nathans had three hits including a double and a triple. Zane Chavez, Michael Ohlman, and Jerome Pena each had one hit.

Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Hickory Crawdads 7

Juan Guzman gave up four runs in the first inning but went on to pitch six innings with six runs allowed. He gave up ten hits but struck out eight while walking one. Four(!) of the hits were home runs.

Lucas Herbst had a double and two walks. Steel Russell doubled for his only hit and drove in two.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 5, Hudson Valley Renegades 4

The Ironbirds scored four runs in the seventh inning but fell short in their rally by one run. They had just six hits in the game but also took five walks. Trey Mancini had two hits and walk, and Conor Bierfeldt had the only extra-base hit, a triple.

Starting pitcher Dylan Rheault lasted just 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk. He only struck out one. Janser Severino and Garrett Cortright pitched the final 5 1/3 innings without allowing a run.

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