Orioles Minor League Rundown: 5/31/14

Christopher McCain/Norfolk Tides

Only Bowie falls as the rest of the affiliates make a clean sweep of their games. And it was Dominican Summer League Opening Day!

Pawtucket (Red Sox) 1 Norfolk 3

I see you workin', Suk-min Yoon. 7 innings, 6 hits, no walks, 6 Ks, and just 1 run allowed via a solo HR. And he did all of that on 91 pitches (66 for strikes). This makes two very encouraging outings in a row for the Korean righty, as he went 7 IP with 6 Ks and 3 ERs allowed in his previous outing. He is quite dinger-prone, however. He's allowed 1 in each of his last 6 starts. On the plus side, he's walked just 1 batter in that same time frame, while K'ing 23. That'll limit the potential damage.

Four Tides managed multi-hit games (Berry, Marrero, De Jesus, and Casilla). Brett Wallace drew a walk and reached on an error but was otherwise held hitless.

Richmond (Giants) 4 Bowie 1

A couple of Chatters were in attendance on this lovely Spring evening, so perhaps they can share their observations in the comments. Tim Berry took the bump for the Baysox and rebounded nicely from his previous dreadful outing. 7 IP on 84 pitches; he allowed 8 hits and 3 ERs while walking none and striking out 5. He is crushing lefties on the season, having allowed just a .156 / .177 / .182 slash line over 80 plate appearances. Holy domination, Batman! Righties are teeing off on him though, to the tune of .296 / .348 / .519 over 181 plate appearances. whomp whomp. So he may not be a starter long term, but he does have the look of a guy who could be Baltimore bound at some point next year. Pretty good for a 50th round pick.

The offense has gone into a bit of funk this past week, scoring just 11 runs over their last 5 games. Christian Walker was held hitless, but did draw a walk. Dariel Alvarez did hit his 10th HR to account for the Baysox lone run on the evening. Niuman Romero continues to have fortune favor him as he hit 12th double of the season and drew 2 walks. Why pitchers are pitching around him to get to Walker and Alvarez is a mystery to me. Michael Ohlman was 0-3 with a walk. But he did manage to throw out 1 of 2 base bandits. Tim Berry might have something to do with that as he picked another runner off 1st.

Wilmington (Royals) 4 Frederick 5

I nearly went to this game, as I was in Frederick for the MD Craft Beer Festival during the day. But by the time I arrived at Harry Grove Stadium the place was overflowing with parked cars, and so I decided to forgo the evening's festivities. Joe Van Meter got the start for the Keys and was serviceable enough. Keeping with the night's trend he went 7 innings, allowed 4 hits and walked 3 which led to 2 ERs. After working a nifty 1-2-3 8th inning, Matt Hobgood allowed things to get interesting in the 9th when he allowed 2 ERs after a 1 out walk.

Pre-postgame fireworks were provided courtesy of Brenden Webb and Adrian Marin, who each belted solo home runs. Glynn Davis put up his typical line of going 1 for 4 with a double, run scored, and a strikeout.

Delmarva 7 Lakewood (Phillies) 0

Did another O's pitcher manage to go 7 strong innings? No. But Mitch Horacek did go 6 strong, allowing just 4 hits and a walk while getting 8 batters to whiff. The tall southpaw has put together a nice 5 game streak which has seen him yield just 3 ERs over 30.2 IP. He has K'd 32 and walked 7 in that same span. Pretty neat, pretty good.

You'll never guess what happened on defense...Mike Yastrzemski earned an Outfield Assist! Yawn. That makes 11 on the season. He is now 4 clear of a 3 way tie for 2nd which includes teammate Gregory Lorenzo. I really want to see a skills competition between Lil' Yaz and Dariel Alvarez. But I digress...Lil' Yaz also thumped 2 basehits in his 5 at bats. Chance Sisco and Conor Bierfeldt each had 3 hit nights, with the latter blasting his 4th HR of the season.

DSL Cardinals 1 DSL O'sDos 4

DSL O'sUno 8 DSL Twins 1

Venezualean righty Cristian Alvarado shut down the Cards over 6 innings, allowing just 5 hits while striking out 7. He has over 130 innings under his belt now at the DSL level. I wonder if he gets a shot in Aberdeen this season?

Dominican righty Francisco Jimenez held the Twins in check with 6 innings of shutout work of his own. He yielded just one hit and K'd 4.

Yeridolfo Lizardo and Victor Medina each knocked doubles vs. the Cards. (SS) Guillermo Salas had 2 singles and a walk, plus he managed to steal home. I'm not sure who's who amongst the DSL class, so I'll leave any additional notes to noted DSL super fan j.q. higgins.

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