Orioles Minor League Rundown: 5/13/14

Bert Hindman

A clean sweep for the affiliates last night featuring some impressive pitching performances!

Louisville (Reds) 8 Norfolk 14

A day after allowing 14 runs the Tides go ahead and score 14 runs. I wonder if that has ever happened before? Weird...Anyway, (RHP) Steve Johnson made the spot start but was limited to just 2 inning of work which saw him allow 3 ER via 3 hits (1 HR) and 2 walks. Not often you see a pitcher earn a Win after allowing 5 ER via 10 hits over 3 IP, but that's just what happened for (LHP) Chris Jones, who came on in relief of Johnson. /rolls eyes. (RHP) Brad Brach followed Jones, and went on to do Brad Brach things. To wit: 5 Ks and 0 runs allowed over 3 IP of work. I'd love to see what he could do in the majors....oh, wait...darn it. Well, probably couldn't be any worse than Tommy Hunter. Brach for Closer!

The offensive attack was led by (CF) Francisco Peguero and (3B) Brett Wallace who each tallied 3 hit nights. Wallace launched a HR (his 4th) for the 2nd night in a row and has hit to the tune of .432/ .488 / .703 over his last 10 games. Peguero's 3 hit game was his 3rd such effort in the 5 games he has played since coming off the D.L.

Bowie 5 Richmond (Giants) 1

(LHP) Tim Berry's start will get overshadowed due to what happened in the Frederick game, but was quite impressive in it's own right. 7 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, and 5 Ks for Berry on the night. He managed to induce 2 GIDPs to snuff out potential threats, and sported a solid 9:4 GO:FO ratio. A strong effort for Berry after suffering through a 3 start string of miserable outings. (RHP) Marcel Prado worked 2 scoreless innings for the Save, and now sports a 1.85 ERA over 24.1 IP. Nifty!

A balanced attack by the Baysox offense as every starter notched a hit. (1B) Christian Walker tallied 2 hits. His 46 on the season rank T-3rd in the Eastern League, 2 behind (CF) Dariel Alvarez, who ranks 2nd. Alvarez had one hit on the night, but also GIDP'd twice. ( C ) Michael Ohlman has a modest 5 game on-base streak now after his 2-4 night. Hopefully this is a sign of his fortunes turning around after a miserable start to the season.

Potomac (Nats) 0 Frederick 7

(RHP) Parker Bridwell put together his finest start of the season as he took a Perfect Game into the 6th and a No-Hitter into the 9th. Bridwell had everything working for him as he set down the first 16 batters before issuing a 1 out walk in the 6th. The catcher had a chance to catch a foul pop off the bat of the batter earlier in the count, but the ball glanced off his mitt, allowing the batter to extend his plate appearance and draw the c-c-c-c-combo breaker walk. No worries for the young Texan as he would proceed to retire the next 9 hitters in order before his control began to falter in the 9th as his pitch count approached 100. After a brief battle, the Nats 2Bman and lead off hitter  would line a single into CF with one out and one on in the 9th, ending the no-no bid. It had seemed fated that a no-hitter would occur, as Bridwell was aided by a number of great defensive plays, including a leaping catch at the wall by (LF) Michael Burgess to end the 8th, and two diving catches by (RF) Lucas Herbst. But alas, twas not meant to be. Still, a very impressive outing from Bridwell: 8.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BBs (1 of those while he was clearly fatigued in the 9th inning), 0 R, and 8 Ks. Just like the aforementioned Michael Ohlman, hopefully this is the start of some prolonged success for Parker, who could easily force his way to near the top of the O's prospect list should his ample skills fully manifest themselves.

On offense, (CF) Glynn Davis drew two walks and scored two runs. Get this kid a bus ticket to Bowie. (1B) Creede Simpson put together a 3-4 night, including his 5th HR of the season.

Lakewood (Phillies) 1 Delmarva 2

Another pitcher's duel at Arthur Perdue Stadium betwixt the BlueClaws and the Shorebirds. (LHP) Steven Brault did the work for the Baby Birds this time, stating his own case for promotion to Frederick. 6 IP, 4 H, 0 BBs, 1 ER, and 7 Ks on the day (10 am start time!?!) for the 22 year old southpaw. He sports a 2.48 ERA over 40.0 Low-A innings now, with a studly 41 to 9 K to BB ratio. And those numbers are elevated primarily due to his first start of the season which saw him yield 6 ER over 4 IP. So, yeah...he's got a case to be in Frederick. (RHP) Jon Keller carried the load for the final 3 innings, allowing just a walk while K'ing 4.

Offensive heroics were provided by (RF) Mike Yastrzemski, who homered in the 3rd to give Delmarva an early 1-0 lead. (CF) Josh Hart led off the 9th with a line drive single into CF, and was then scored from 1st on ( C ) Austin Wynns' game-winning RBI double into LF.

Your link to the boxscores du jour awaits you.

The Probables for this day's action are as such:

Norfolk: (RHP) Suk-Min Yoon

Bowie: (Game 1): TBD (Game 2): (RHP) Matt Bischoff

Frederick: (LHP) Matt Taylor

Delmarva: (LHP) Mitch Horacek

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