Orioles minor league rundown - 5/30

Shortstop Jeff Kemp - Joey Gardner

The O's affiliates went 2-2 last night, with wins from the Shorebirds and the Keys.

Norfolk Tides 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 7

Kevin Gausman started for the Tides last night and, as is so often the case, he only pitched four innings. His pitch count was high for four IP at 82, so maybe that had something to do with it. Gausman struck out seven and had a 6/1 ground out to fly out ratio, so that's nice. He also walked two and gave up three hits (a single, a double, and a home run). Both runs he gave up were on a two-run home run in the first inning after a batter reached on an error by third baseman Buck Britton.

The game was close until the eighth inning when relief pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz gave up four runs (two earned) in the eighth inning. The Tides defense was sloppy and they made two errors in the inning, one by catcher Steve Clevenger and the other another error by Britton. That's not to say De La Cruz was great, either. He did give up three hits in the inning.

The Tides offense was offensive, taking a cue from their buddies at the big league level. They had just four hits and two walks in the game. LF Chris Marrero hit a solo home run and RF Quintin Berry scored on a ground out after reaching on a force out. Impressive.

Bowie Baysox 2, Richmond Flying Squirrels 6

The Baysox gave up three runs in the first inning and three runs in the ninth inning in their loss to Richmond. Tyler Wilson started for the Baysox and his rough first inning included a single, a two-run homer, a walk, and a double. He went on to pitch eight innings without allowing another run and only gave up two more hits (both singles), but he also walked four to make things interesting. Jason Gurka pitched the top of the ninth inning and buried the Baysox hopes of a comeback with a terrible inning that saw him give up three runs on four hits and a walk.

The hitters could only score twice despite getting six hits and three walks against the awesomely named Jack Snodgrass. CF Dariel Alvarez was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. C Michael Ohlman was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. 1B Christian Walker was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Frederick Keys 8, Wilmington Blue Rocks 1

Parker Bridwell was outstanding last night with 7 innings pitched and just one run allowed. He threw 98 pitches in the game with a ground out/fly out ratio of 8/3. He didn't walk a batter and he struck out nine. After a rough start to the season, Bridwell has gotten his act together over his last four starts. The lone run Bridwell allowed came after a lead off double. The runner moved to third on a fly ball and scored on a ground out.

The Keys offense had a hit parade as only 2B Jerome Pena didn't get one (although he did draw the Keys' only walk). DH Zane Chavez and SS Adrian Marin each had three hits, with Marin hitting two doubles and knocking in four runs. RF Brendan Webb was 2-for-5, CF Glynn Davis was 1-for-5, and 1B Creede Simpson was 2-for-4.

Delmarva Shorebirds 13, Lakewood BlueClaws 1

It was Hunter Harvey night for the Shorebirds, and once again he didn't disappoint. In six innings Harvey gave up one unearned run on two singles. He struck out seven and walked two. The run came in the first inning when Harvey walked the lead off batter, who stole second, went to third on a throwing error by catcher Chance Sisco, and scored on a ground out. I hope the BlueClaws crowd liked that excitement, because that's all they got.

On offense, the Shorebirds had two five-run innings early on, then added three more runs in the eighth and ninth. 1B Trey Mancini was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, 3B Drew Dosch went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Sisco atoned for his throwing error with three hits and a walk. RF Mike Yastrzemski and SS Jeff Kemp, batting 1-2 in the lineup, and three walks each. It'd be nice to see some of that patience on the Orioles, am I right?

For full box scores and additional details on last night's games, check out MiLB.com.

Today's Games

Norfolk Tides vs. Pawtucket Red Sox, 7:05 pm
Tides SP: Suk-Min Yoon
It's fireworks night at Harbor Park, and if you bring any school supplies to donate you'll get a coupon for a buy one, get one free ticket to a future game.

Bowie Baysox vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6:35 pm
Baysox SP: Tim Berry
It's also fireworks night at Prince George's Stadium, and if you go you might want to bring along some gently used baseball equipment. The Orioles advocates are collecting for their Cardboard 2 Leather program.

Frederick Keys vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks, 6:00 pm
Keys SP: Joe Van Meter
It's beach night at Harry Grove! I don't know what that means, but you could win a cruise. It's also fireworks night.

Delmarva Shorebirds @ Lakewood BlueClaws, 4:05 pm
Shorebirds SP: Mitch Horacek

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